The Blind Shake

The Blind Shake

 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Sharp galactic rifts with dueling vocals, expanding beyond the groundwork laid by Sonic Youth and Fugazi.


he Blind Shake are trio of detuned, garage-stomp, noisy punk rock music makers from Minneapolis, MN. Known for their ferocious live shows and home recorded albums, the band released Rizzograph (2005), Carmel (2007), and a split 7” with Birthday Suits (2008) all on local label Learning Curve Records. Their first 7", Old Lines, Sore Bones, was released by Fort Gezzepi in 2004. In 2007, they recorded the critically acclaimed collaboration Carbohydrates, Hydrocarbons with noise legend Michael Yonkers as "Michael Yonkers with the Blind Shake" (Nero’s Neptune 2007) as well as Cold Town/Soft Zodiac split EP featuring "Michael Yonkers with The Blind Shake" on one side and The Blind Shake on the other (Learning Curve 2009). Two brothers, Mike and Jim Blaha, front the band and play baritone and regular guitar respectively. Longtime chum Dave Roper plays drums. The Blind Shake have toured North America's basements and bars for several years and are ready to release their latest opus, "Seriousness," this Summer on Learning Curve.

"Seriousness" was recorded by Neil Weir at "The Old Blackberry Way" studio in Minneapolis, as well as by Mike Blaha in various locations (his basement, our practice space, and a hallway). "The Old Blackberry Way" studio is the new version of "Blackberry Way," the same studio that has hosted many great Minneapolis recordings by The Replacements and Husker Du amongst others, and was also where the band recorded their collaborative release with 60's noise legend Michael Yonkers in 2007 (the band has also just finished a new collaboration with Yonkers that due out later this year... more details coming soon!). The band's goal on "Seriousness" was to keep things raw and simple, and track everything live to capture the energy of the band's crushing performances.


The Blind Shake "Old Lines, Sore Bones" 7" Fort Geztapo Records

The Blind Shake " Rizzograph" CD Learning Curve Records

The Blind Shake "CARMEL" CD/LP Learning Curve Records

Blind Shake/Birthday Suits Split 7" Learning Curve Records

Micheal Yonkders with the Blind Shake - "Carbohydrates, Hydrocarbons" GoJohnny Go Records

Micheal Yonker with the Blind Shake CD/LP "Cold Town, Soft Zodiac"

The Blind Shake "Labor Day" Amphetamine Reptile Records Scale 122

The Blind Shake " Seriousness"LP LCR033-1