Blessed came to fruition when Drew Riekman decided to move home from Montreal and start a new project with Reuben Houweling, Jake Holmes, and Mitchell Trainor. Beginning over a decade ago, starting at age 14 and 12, Reuben and Drew have continuously played in projects together, spending entire weekends locked in a barn between school weeks, on Reuben’s parents property, located in the small town of Abbotsford where the band still resides. The two were given their first taste of touring at 16 and 18, when a hardcore band from Edmonton decided to have an early project of theirs as support on a western Canadian tour. Blessed was birthed from a desire to create a project in which no creative limitations were placed on art, presentation, or sound, with a drive to tour as relentlessly as the members of the project could sustain; Where every decision was made democratically, and every voice in the group was respected as much as the next in regards to songwriting, direction of the band, tour routing, etc. With this model, the project has played 200 shows across North America, sold 1,400 copies of their two EP’s, and played alongside Preoccupations (JagJaguwar), The Courtneys (Flying Nun), Garrett Klahn (Texas Is The Reason), and Chastity (Captured Tracks).


Select Quotes:
“dominated by the high-fructose riffing pioneered by Deerhoof, giving way to a darker, propulsive jam that’s just as chaotic, yet well-controlled.” – The Fader

“late-00s indie filtered through the spasticity of Thee Oh Sees or Emperor X. As a whole, the whole thing carries a peripatetic weight that’s not dissimilar from the Liars records of yore, and resonates as both more playful and more robust” – Consequence of Sound

“Blessed’s sound is weird, noisy and harsh, drawing from surf, rock and post-punk in equal measure. It’s if Radiohead decided to go back to playing guitars and singing actual words with a Siouxsie and the Banshees twist.” – Noisey

“it’s a nonchalant take on the weirder side of post-punk – one that’s impossible to look away from as it takes every approaching corner at high-speed.” – DIY MAG

“like Devo spliced onto Marquee Moon, cut and diced and reassembled into something even greater – diabolically wrong, but so good.” – Gold Flake Paint


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