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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. For over a decade, Reuben and Drew have continuously played in projects together. Starting at age 14 and 12, they would spend entire weekends locked in a barn 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 recruit 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. Their intention was to tour as relentlessly as they could, make every decision democratically, and respect every voice in the group equally with regards to songwriting, band direction, tour routing, et cetera. With this model, the project has played 200 shows across North America, sold 1,400 copies of their two EPs, and played alongside Preoccupations, The Courtneys, Garrett Klahn, and Chastity.

 

In November 2017, the band entered Breakglass Studios in Montreal, Quebec, with Jace Lasek (Suuns, The Besnard Lakes, Land Of Talk) to record their first full-length album. Their aim was to create a record that is not only immediately gratifying but also rewards repeat listens. They recorded 9 tracks over 10 days, varying from short, staccato, punk-tinged flares to 8-minute escapades that touch on Deerhunter's noise-rock freak-outs and Do Make Say Think's lush cinematic passages.

 

In the interim, Blessed teamed up with Winnipeg post-punk trio, Tunic, to release a digital Split 7" (via Buzz Records 4/27) in support of a co-headlining Spring 2018 North American tour.  The split was premiered with praise via Stereogum on 4/24.