Blush Response
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Blush Response

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February Demos, May Demos, Lift EP (coming 2009)



Blush Response is the musical vision of four artists from Orlando, Florida, who derive their sound from various facets of alternative music. Influenced by the dense-yet-melodic dream pop of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, the off-beat and calculated noise of Slint and Sonic Youth, and the psychedelic infused art-rock of a younger Smashing Pumpkins among others, this group strives to create a well-crafted and prolific body of work that they refer to as retro-futuristic.

Singer and guitarist Jesse Willard met bassist Merrick Beatty and guitarist-turned-drummer Isaac Pineda to form a skeletal version of what became Blush Response in 2007. After pursuing their music under various names for the remainder of 2007 and early 2008, the band chose Blush Response to accompany their already growing list of songs. After adding guitarist Shane Bellotti to the lineup and playing a slew of shows in the fall, Pineda chose to leave the band in late 2008 to pursue his own solo project. The band then chose drummer Donovan Howanitz a few months later due to his high level of experience and positive blending of influences with the band. With a newfound sense of energy and a multitude of dense, dreamy reverb and distortion, Blush Response is ready to play again.

Blush Response started performing live at the start of 2008 and has played numerous shows in and out of the central Florida area. They are currently recording their debut EP Lift as well as rehearsing a dynamic new stage show.