Blameshift is four musicians driven by the desire to succeed. Born of members who've cut their teeth playing in the local Long Island music scene for years, Blameshift decided first and foremost that they wanted to become a national act --not just another bunch of "hometown heroes" or "weekend warriors." Their live shows dominate with intensity, featuring the talents of dual vocalists Jenny Mann and Tim Barbour (also pulling guitar duties), the smooth style of bass player Ben Fine, and the grooves and sequencing of percussionist James Miller. Blameshift brings the show in every sense of the word, with a touring history nothing short of impressive.
Two months after recording their demo album "Drop Down", in drummer James' basement, the band embarked on their first tour together. The thirty date summer tour was booked and promoted entirely by the band. Two sixty date tours followed with the band embracing the rigors of the road as their new home, blazing a trail through the mid-west and east coast in their customized short-bus and trailer. High-lighted performances included dates on the Vans Warped Tour 2006 in PA, NJ, and Long Island, NY.
The winter of 2007 found Blameshift writing new material and recording their second album with the production talents of Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, The Sleeping, Straylight Run). The Test was released nationally May 1, 2007, through select F.Y.E. stores, Smartpunk.com, and digitally on iTunes. One month later, the band left it all behind again to begin the tour cycle for The Test. For the first time they ventured to the west coast on the D.F.Y. Tour. After a one week break the Fall tour began, winning tour support from Taco Bell's FeedtheBeat.com contest. Once again Blameshift booked and promoted the entire tour, and christened their Street Team. Alternative Press Magazine soon recognized Blameshift as Unsigned Band of the Month for July 2007 along with a featured full-page ad promoting the album release and national tour.
The year 2008 found Blameshift scratching the creative itch in between tours. With the help of Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, "The Sirens are Set" promotional single was released through vigorous on-line promotion via Purevolume. The song went on to become "one of Newday's top achievements in Long Island music for 2008." With all the momentum, they hit the road again late February playing fifty five dates on the Ready!Set!Go! Tour. Featured shows included four dates at the annual SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. The summer of 2008 once again took Blameshift to the West Coast on the No Haircut Tour Part 2. Blameshift got the opportunity again to perform at the Vans Warped Tour, this time for six dates. Realizing the time they will spend on the road, the band decided to get a bigger bus which they converted to run on vegetable oil to cut fuel costs. The band also began accumulating clothing and equipment endorsements with well-respected companies such as ErnieBall, PRS Guitars, Bogner, Shine Drums, Paiste, Ampeg, Sullen Clothing, Amp Energy Drink and Draven Shoes. In an effort to give back, they joined forces with the blood donation service and youth culture conduit Music Saves Lives. Just before leaving for the Everlasting Sound Tour in the Fall of 08, The Test became available in select Hot Topic stores. This tour was nearly three months long, hitting the entire US and even Canada with The Material (San Diego, CA) an And Then There Was You (Indianola Records).
At the start of 2009, Blameshift decided it was time to start writing their follow up to The Test. The band joined forces with
producer Mike Watts at Vudu Studios in NY. After demoing several new songs, the band decided it would be best to tour for the remainder of the year and finish the EP for release February 2010. Blameshift completed the Summer De-Tour for 26 dates and recently just finished the Girls vs Boys Tour, again with touring buddies, The Material. They finished up touring for 09 on the Cash for Punkers Tour with Sky Tells All. (Bhe Records)
Blameshift remains an independent, unsigned band with a dedicated grass roots following, forging long-lasting relationships with their fans, sponsors, and those inside the music business. With a voracious appetite for next level of success in every aspect of their career, 2010 will prove to be the break out release for Blameshift.