With this release, the Red EP, Austin-based trio Blank Slate broadens their emotional and sonic palette. It’s hard charging, guitar-based rock & roll with an impressive range. There are magnificent guitar flourishes—“Anemic Souls” alone features two blistering solos, one a shredder, the other reminiscent of Blow by Blow era Jeff Beck--an acerbic dismantling of Me-Tooism (“Sameness-ness”); a sublime guitar pop exploration of challenging romance (“Better Than Nothin’”); an atmospheric descent into human frailty (“Fracture”); and a jaunty, sardonic look at the insanity of friends and family (“Sneaking Suspicion”).
Blank Slate is Steve Glazer, bassist Rene De La Mora and drummer Matt Slack. The Red EP is the second of two 5-song debut EPs by the band.
Produced by Steve Glazer & Rob Seidenberg
Recorded at Waller Sound, Austin, TX by Rob Seidenberg
Mixed by Chico Jones
Mastered by Andy Gallas