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Melody, intricacy, and punch. Combining a gamut of styles as various as 80's thrash metal to New Age Metal with vocals that are at once catchy and powerful, Albuquerque's BLINDDRYVE are infusing the southwest metal scene with new energy, through new blood. The group was "BLINDly" thrown together in a "best of" band contest hosted by Albuquerque radio station 104.1 The Edge, in 2006. Through the years, the band has seen changes in band members, however, it has always been the their "DRIVE" to take their music worldwide.
Founding member Daniel Gonzales (Bass & backing vocals) and Frankee Romero (Guitarist) are now joined by Julie "Jules" Otero (Lead Vocals) and Anthony Welch (Drummer).
Julie aka "nmguitargirl", is best known for her strong vocals and guitar skills and has been featured on the Erika Viking Morning Show on New Mexico's KIOT 102.5FM. Julie also had a strong following on YouTube covering Metallica's "Master of Puppets" among other popular hits. Julie's previous projects were an alternative metal band in Seattle, Sector7G aka Goat Punisher, along with her solo project, the Julie Otero band. With their first female vocalist, Blinddryve hopes to reach a broader audience (no pun intended) as well as impress their current following of fans.
The unique and amazing talent of BlinDDryve has supported some of the industry's best along the Family Values Tour, Austin's week long SXSW, and as one of the featured bands on the 2010 Monster Energy "Emerging Faces of Metal" Tour. They have played along side several national act's such as Korn, Flyleaf ,10 years, Def Tones, In This Moment and many more.
Blinddryve has been featured in the 98 KUPD studios in Phoenix AZ, KZRR 94 Rock in Albuquerque NM, 92.3 KOMP in Las Vegas NV, 106.7 KBPI in Denver CO, 92.9 KRWN in Farmington NM, and 106.1 The Rock Station in Gallup as well as several other Clear Channel radio stations throughout the Southwest.
Theirs is a sound crafted through years of dedication and honed in venues around the region. These include The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas NV, The Goth Theater in Denver CO, The Sunshine Theatre in Alb NM, Club Mardi Gras in Phoenix AZ , Sundance's in Prescott AZ, The Underground in Reno NV, Club Vegas in Salt Lake City UT, Gators in Farmington NM, Launchpad in Alb NM, El Rey Theater in Alb NM, El Morro Theater in Gallup NM.
With the addition of a new female vocalist and seasoned drummer, BlinDDryve looks forward to continuing to bring metal to the next level.