Blind Season is the name given to long time Detroit friends, Shane Sigro on vocals and guitar, and Mike Paraski on bass and backing vocals. Wine & Hair Dye is their latest release and we’ve been taking a long listen on full blast here in the Send Me Your Ears studio today.
Of Wine and Hair Dye, writer, Sigro describes “Sadly I don’t have a lot of memory writing this one. It was all done in a night very quickly and it’s a depressing song. I kind of let this one speak for itself. It’s very specific and honest.”
Wine and Hair Dye starts gently on strummed electric guitars before some low warm vocals, reminiscent of Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins join the guitars. Some great stereo backing vocals are added in to the mix before the full band sound joins the track just before one minute in.
At this point our ears are treated to some glorious punchy drum work. An interesting sequence with some awesome 16 beat fills on the snare. The drums are interesting, tight and unique in their unpredictable sequence.
A gorgeous breakdown of heavily reverbed guitars and ride cymbal lead in to an exciting instrumental section that just builds and builds. Vocals are re-added to the song and the song continues to build before dropping right back to gentle guitar, ride and a little vocal to close.
Sigro describes the recording process as tricky, having been done mostly in his basement during lockdown and then polished up and had drums played on it in Loren Israel’s studio where he also did the production. Recording vocals is tricky at the best of times, but having to run to the mic having hit record in your home studio and with endless crashing computers, Wine and Hair Dye is a testament to the Blind Season’s determination to get the music out there and kudos for their grit in tricky times.
From a production perspective (and of course, just our own), we’d suggest a high pass filter at around 40Hz. There’s some rumble in the track that most speakers can’t handle, so filtering it out will give some extra headroom to the rest of the track. We’d also suggest a wide cut centred around 60-70Hz to remove a little boom in the track. A small but wide cut centred around 700Hz will help boost the vocals in the track, and don’t be afraid to smash the compressor, especially in a rock song like this. A wide boost centred around 3kHz will give some extra presence and definition and a small boost of the top octave will add a little air to the overall sound.
Wine and Hair Dye is an exciting alt/heavy rock for fans of bands like the Cure. A song that just builds and builds and feels positively anthemic in places. This song is sure to bring in many new fans for this Detroit based rock act.