In Releasing Their Ode to Isolation, Toronto’s BLANKS Has Found What They’re “Looking For”

Toronto-based power-pop quartet and Exclaim! Class of 2020 alums BLANKS (Dylan Taylor, Lewis Caunter, Toby Keymer, and Stanley Raul) are set to release their new single “Looking For”, alongside its accompanying music video on July 3rd. This is in support of their upcoming EP, Beyond These Walls, out August 9th.

Photo from the Facebook page of BLANKS
| Photo Credits Kurtis Watson |

When BLANKS sat down in December 2019 to record their four-song debut, they never could have predicted that soon, a new isolated, anxious normal would emerge. Forced apart, BLANKS knew only this was clear: no more rehearsals, no more concerts, and no release show. It is cosmic irony that Caunter’s melancholic anthem “Looking For” has become so relevant to their circumstance. Filmed in isolation, the video for “Looking For” mirrors these anxieties. Caunter appears in a narrow room, reflecting the ubiquitous mood of being trapped between four walls. With a sound hearkening back to the golden era of indie rock, “Looking For” merges the qualities of Wolf Parade with the desperate candor of post-punk. A plaintive ballad of love persevering in a time of chaos, “Looking For” is a love song for the end of the world.

Sonically reminiscent of New Order, The Stranglers, and Parquet Courts, BLANKS has captivated the Toronto scene since 2018. Their charismatic yet polished attitude is what earned them a spot in Exclaim!’s Class of 2020. After a streak of  shows supporting acts such as Young Guv, Dune Rats, Bad Waitress, and The King Kahn & BBQ Show, the band was blindsided when their March 26th show with Ireland’s The Murder Capital was postponed. Despite the unprecedented challenges of these times, BLANKS continues to adapt, creating videos, writing songs, and preparing for the release of Beyond These Walls. 

All revenue earned from “Looking For” will be donated to Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project. Black lives matter. 

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. 

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