Blind Zero

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Blind Zero
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Blind Zero frontman Miguel Guedes performing (2007).
Background information
Origin Porto, Portugal
Genres Alternative rock, Grunge
Years active 1994–present
Labels NorteSul
Universal
Website www.blindzero.net/
Members Miguel Guedes: Vocals
Vasco Espinheira: Guitar
Nuxo Espinheira: Bass guitar
Pedro Guedes: Drums
Pedro Vidal: Guitar
Miguel Ferreira
Past members Marco Nunes

Blind Zero are a Portuguese rock band from the city of Porto. They have won the 2003 MTV Europe Music Award for the Best Portuguese Act.

History[edit]

Blind Zero started out 1994 releasing their first EP "Recognize" (1995) which sold out in 9 days becoming today a collection item. The first album "Trigger" (1995) was produced by Ronnie S. Champagne (an L.A. producer which had previously worked with bands such as Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains, Remy Zero e Deconstruction). It was the first rock album by a Portuguese band to reach the gold label.

Later in 1996, Blind Zero would reveal a new sound : "Flexogravity" (EP), a very experimental record with a fusion of sounds, shared with a Hip-Hop band from Porto called "Mind da Gap". This was considered by many the EP of the year.

Still in 1996, the band recorded an acoustic album "Transradio", one of the first Enhanced CD (CD Extra) in Europe. The album was recorded live at Antena 3 radio. Months later they were invited to participate in SCYPE ("Song Contest for Youth Programs in Europe"), a festival gathering bands from all over Europe. They recorded a new original "My House" and won the contest.

In 1997, Blind Zero recorded "Redcoast", the second album of originals produced by Michael Vail Blum (an American producer that worked with Suicidal Tendencies, Madonna, Roxy Music, 3T, Tura Satana, Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel). "Redcoast" was produced at Sony Music/New York studios by Mark Wilder, a recently Grammy Award winner.

In 1998, they recorded with Mário Caldato the song "The Wire" and spent 1999 working on their third album "One Silent Accident" released in 2000 and produced by Don Fleming (Sonic Youth, Hole (band), Posies, Screaming Trees, Teenage Fan Club, Gumball, Alice Cooper).

In 2002, they recorded one of the most famous songs by David Bowie, "Heroes".

In January 2003, they start recording "A Way to Bleed your Lover", produced by Mário Barreiros (Clã, Ornatos Violeta, Pedro Abrunhosa), adding a new member to the band, Miguel Ferreira. The album also contained contributions by Jorge Palma e Dana Colley (Twinmen/ex-Morphine). In May 2003, Blind Zero are invited by MTV to perform live, in Milan, as part of the initiative of launching MTV Portugal. Later that year they win the “Best Portuguese Act” award at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2003, in Edinburgh, becoming the first Portuguese band to receive an award by MTV. In December, the specialized press considered “A Way to Bleed your Lover” the best album of the year in Portugal.

In 2005 they release “The night before and a new day” already with Pedro Vidal (ex-Stealing Orchestra) as a member replacing Marco Nunes in the solo guitar.

In 2007 they release "Time Machine (memories undone)", a best of Blind Zero unplugged associated with their 13th birthday.

In 2010, their new album, Luna Park, was released on the 30th May. Two singles were released from it so far, "Slow Time Love" and "Snow Girl".

Discography[edit]

  • 2013: Kill Drama
  • 2010: Luna Park
  • 2007: Time Machine (memories undone) - Live Best of unplugged
  • 2005: The Night Before And A New Day
  • 2004: MTV Live in Milan
  • 2003: A Way To Bleed Your Lover
  • 2000: One Silent Accident
  • 1997: Redcoast
  • 1996: Transradio
  • 1996: Flexogravity (with Mind Da Gap)
  • 1995: Trigger

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