On 6th March, 2021, I performed a brief, live acoustic set for U.K.'s In Your Ears Music Radio Station and Blog in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. It’s always a pleasure and an honor to contribute meaningfully (and musically!) to something greater. If you missed the set when it aired, I am happy to tell you that you can now stream the FULL performance on SOUNDCLOUD, on YOUTUBE and on IGTV!
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Blake Collins is an American-British indie rock singer-songwriter with poetic lyrics, impassioned vocals, and an honest, emotive performance often compared to bands like The Beatles, The Kinks and The Beach Boys, as well as solo artists like Emitt Rhodes and Harry Nilsson. He writes his music from an intimate and personal perspective, crafting engaging narratives with catchy melodies, lush harmonies and memorable hooks to achieve pop perfection that speaks to universal emotion and experience.
In drawing inspiration from modern rock bands like Dr. Dog, The Shins, Weezer and The Strokes, Blake Collins arrives upon a sound and vibe that is contemporary as well as timeless. He brings the excitement and honesty of his music to life on stage, playing his acoustic guitar in candid and raw performances, as well as with the energy of a full electric lineup.
'I’M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE' is the third and latest single from Blake Collins' forthcoming full-length album, 'There's Nowhere Like Here.' Now available on all major streaming platforms, the song nestles you in the musical backdrop of high-energy drums, bitingly groovy piano and reverb-soaked guitar stabs. The call-and-response vocal arrangements recall pop hits of the 1960s and the layered harmonies that kick the choruses into high power-pop gear firmly anchor the song in Collins’ own brand of rock and roll.
‘SHE GIVES YOU THAT LOOK,’ the first single from Blake Collins' forthcoming full-length album, 'There's Nowhere Like Here' (coming early 2021), was released July, 2020; ‘YOUR LOVE IS GOOD,’ the second single from 'There's Nowhere Like Here,' was released September, 2020; and Collins' holiday song, 'IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME,' was released December, 2020. In 2013, Collins released his 5-song debut E.P., 'A BELL LOCKS IN.' All releases are available wherever you stream or purchase music.
Blake’s music has been featured on Los Angeles, California’s KCRW 89.9FM and KXLU 88.9FM radio stations, NPR’s Open Mic, Arizona's Eagles Nest Radio, New Jersey’s Home Grown Radio, and The United Kingdom's Radio Wigwam Online. His music has been highlighted in VoyageLA Magazine and BuzzMusicLA, as well as several Spotify playlists and blogs, such as In Your Ears Music, We Write About Music, JanglePopHub, The Alt Rock Loop, and Rock Era Magazine. His work has also been featured in the short films Dead In Love, The Scribe, Life in Text, From Heart To Heart, There's A Monster Behind You, and The End of Love.
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'I'm Not Gonna Take It Anymore' is Blake Collins’ third and latest single from his forthcoming full-length album, 'There's Nowhere Like Here.' This song nestles you in the musical backdrop of high-energy drums, bitingly groovy piano and reverb-soaked guitar stabs. The call-and-response vocal arrangements recall pop hits of the 1960s and the layered harmonies that kick the choruses into high power-pop gear firmly anchor the song in Collins’ own brand of rock and roll.
'It's Christmas Time' is Blake Collins' own original holiday sing-along and encapsulates all the charm, cheer and cheekiness of the season. The steady sleigh bells, pumping piano, and driving drums guide the song forward while the glittering glockenspiel and booming church bells tightly sew the joy and jollity of the Christmas season to Collins' own brand of indie rock. You can practically smell the gingerbread cookies permeating the air!
‘Your Love Is Good,’ the second single released from Blake Collins' forthcoming full-length album, 'There's Nowhere Like Here,' is an immediate rager of a rock song about love on the rebound. Clocking in at exactly two minutes, it is as infectious as it is brief — an undeniable earworm. With its sparkly guitar riffs, driving bass, and splashy drums, it packs an unforgettable power-pop punch for that space between your ears.
‘She Gives You That Look,’ the first single from Blake's forthcoming full-length album, 'There's Nowhere Like Here,' highlights his rock and roll craftsmanship in an immediately catchy song about mysterious love that will be pleasantly stuck on the tip of your tongue for days. With an energetic rhythm guitar, a thumping and measured bass, determined pocket drums, and sizzling electric lead guitars, you are bathed in a rock and roll sound that is equal parts novel and nostalgic.
a bell locks in
'A Bell Locks In,' Blake Collins' 5-song debut E.P., beautifully melds old-school Rock & Roll attitude that boasts the same sensibility and bravery of The Beatles and The Kinks with organic, timeless, DIY dream-pop aesthetic, like Emitt Rhodes, The Shins and Elliott Smith. Collins' breadth as a songwriter and musician are on full display in the pastiche instrumentation here, which includes traditional rock elements such as electric guitars, bass, piano and drums, alongside less conventional instruments like the chord organ, mellotron and ukulele. A velvety and haunting string arrangement on the E.P.'s center-piece puts the cherry on top. The result: a pop record that is at once familiar, yet refreshingly unique and unfolding in its intricacies.
‘It’s Summer Time,’ is the breakout single from Blake Collins’ debut E.P., ‘A Bell Locks In.’ A firm fan-favorite, it is a hot, dry summer made audible. The song features the ukulele as its main rhythm instrument and is accompanied by other mostly acoustic (as well as breath- , hand- , and wind-powered) elements, like bongos, finger snaps, acoustic bass, glockenspiel and wind chime bells, to achieve a sparse yet succinct arrangement that is reminiscent of Paul McCartney’s ‘RAM.’