Blind Channel shared the New Single – Balboa

On the 13th of August, the Finnish post-hardcore band Blind Channel, released their new single – Balboa.

Balboa is a reminder of who we are – who we have always been, claim the band members.

“It’s a violent pop show-off about getting back up again and again, no matter how hard you’ve been hit. It’s us sticking to our vision without compromise. Underdogs are a dangerous species. This is a call to arms to every hardworking dreamer out there, and the soundtrack of our career so far. We keep coming back.”

Blind Channel is a post-hardcore band from Oulu, Finland. The band define their musical style as “violent pop.“ They represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Dark Side” and taking third place from the public only vote and sixth place in the final (public and jury) vote. The band was formed in 2013 by classmates Joel Hokka and Joonas Porko. They recruited Olli Matela (who played previously with Joonas in other bands) and Tommi Lalli to play bass and drums. Joel Hokka asked Niko Vilhelm to join the band. Now a five-piece, whilst selecting a band name Niko suggested Blind Channel in reference to television channels such as MTV which they all grew up watching and wanting to be on as musicians, however by the time the band formed these channels were only showing reality shows and not so much music based.

The band released their debut single “Save Me” (and accompanying music video) in October 2013 which was picked up by Finnish music outlet Ylex radio within one week and the band were selected as Ylex’s “basement band of the week”. They performed their first live show in a small rock club in Oulu, Finland in late 2013 before releasing follow-up EP “Antipode” on March 21st 2014 featuring singles “Naysayers” and “Calling Out” in 2014, produced by Mikko Mäkitalo.

In Summer 2014 the band performed at Finnish festivals JääliCityRock, Provinssirock, Ilosaarirock, Qstock & Nummirock where they won the Wacken Metal Battle in Finland.

Finnish record label Ranka Kustannus also signed the band and they began recording their new material, later releasing the “Foreshadow” EP on October 4th 2014. Their debut studio album Revolutions was later released on September 29th 2016 .

Blind Channel released their second studio album Blood Brothers on April 20th 2018.

The third studio album – Violent Pop was released on March 6th 2020. The band had pre-booked a tour in Autumn/Winter 2020 around Sweden/Finland. In May 2020 the band performed an acoustic livestream from 45 Oulu, the oldest rock bar in Oulu, Finland .

After a live festival show in October 2020 where the band featured DJ Aleksi on samples/percussion, they officially asked him to join Blind Channel as a full-time member.

In February 2021 the band participated in the Finnish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the modern nu-metal track “Dark Side”. They won the selection with 54.3% of the vote (the highest in UMK history) and in May 2021 represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in sixth place with a total of 301 points. Blind Channel received 218 of their total points from televoting, while 83 points were received from juries.

On 19 May 2021, days before they had even performed live in Eurovision, the band signed to Century Media/Sony Music.

In early 2021 the band shared that they had already began writing new material and in June 2021 shared footage from their studio showing them recording material for a currently untitled forth studio album set for release in Spring 2022.

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