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Blank Range, a beautiful mix of every genre imaginable.

Blank Range,  a beautiful mix of every genre imaginable.

    Nashville’s ever booming music scene has evolved greatly from Country centric honky tonkin’ to a beautiful mix of every genre imaginable.  Blank Range is a perfect example of the musicianship and genre spanning mindset you can discover in Music City.  From their singles “Scrapin’/Before I Go To Sleep” and the EP Phase II, both released in 2013, to their full length debut Marooned With The Treasure released August of this year, the band crosses boundaries between classic ‘70s rock, outlaw country, and even some experimental psychedelia all mixed in a contemporary stew.  Riff heavy and a variety of lyrical content, the band is representative of a hard working group of guys who don’t mind hitting the road whether they’re making it big or not.
    Although currently based in Nashville, the majority of the members of Blank Range hail from Northern Illinois, but it seems they are just as at home on the road or in the studio.  Their latest, Marooned With The Treasure sounds like a band that has been together for decades, the distorted riff oriented guitar work of Gus Gustafson is reminiscent of classic rocks greatest players and not too flashy when it comes to a solo.  Taylor Zachry on bass and Matt Novotny on drums form a tight rhythm section that supports the imaginative vamps like a steel spine.  All the while Jonathon Childers’s working man’s vocals remain consistent and powerful through all of their recordings.  From the garage rockin’ psychedelic Phase II to the more polished and accessible Marooned, Childers’s style remains a driving force and distinct voice for the band.
    Marooned With The Treasure is a perfect accumulation of the band’s previous variety of recordings, truly a great debut that is equipped with tour ready sound and a song or three for any music lover.  Dig a little deeper and you can literally trace the riffs and styles back to the band’s beginnings in the Nashville house concert scene.  Phase II offers lo-fi recording style and raw, almost live sound, all the while contrasting strange tracks like “Ziggy Coyote” with the classic rock recipes you find in “Same Sun” and “Neon Sign”.  Skip ahead a few years and you find yourself immersed in the four track EP Vista Bent, an organ and synth drenched record that’s a little more playful, with a lounge rock tinge.  The quirky and conversational “Circumstances” and laid back “All the Stars” shows the versatility of the members, it’s obvious this band is letting the songs come out naturally.
    Genre splicing while staying true to a distinct and honest sound will keep Blank Range busy for years to come.  The road ready atmosphere in the music is sure to yield extensive touring, whether it’s smaller local venues or a return visit to Bonnaroo listeners can expect a lot more to come from this band.  Catch them this fall/winter and keep an ear out for some more studio work in the future.

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