The Definition and Determination of Blameshift


(Photo Credit: Superfan Photography)

By Erin Corrigan

The rock group Blameshift tied the knot on Long Island’s very soil nearly seven years ago. The band originally formed due to the overlapping of local musical projects, which then put them on the search for a talented, dedicated singer.  Jenny Mann, lead vocalist, along with Tim Barbour, lead guitarist/ vocalist, are the original members with a recent shift in the rhythm section as of this past February. The percussion section has been taken over by a new stick hander, Dan Scofield, while the bass guitar is now occupied by Mike Sarkissian.

It is always interesting to understand the origin behind any band’s name, especially when they’re responsible for getting it added to Urban Dictionary! (Seriously – See here). The group title was actually concocted by a former band member, setting the precedent for a very funny and important term when managing the course of a musical career with four different people. Tim Barbour quotes, “No one in a band ever wants to take the 1264105_10152276986578057_2043076070_oheat for anything so you just shift it to another member.” This of course being followed by a playful, smiling emji sent to me from Tim himself.

Blameshift, being an independent band with aspirations larger than life itself, gave the word “determination” a whole new meaning. They have toured the United States for the past five years in a self-proclaimed shuttle bus, which was soon after modified into a mini RV, with the hope and perseverance of making their mark wherever they touched down.

The group has endured many different phases, changes and overall hardships in hopes of seeing their incessant doggedness pave the way to success and gratification. So, with a little help of patience, as well as persistence, the band has accomplished more than they had even thought possible. With endorsements given from some of the largest music companies in the world such as PRS Guitars, Ampeg, Sennheiser and many more, the group has even shared the stage with bands such as Pop Evil, Sick Puppies and Straight Line Stitch; not to mention their awaited performance at the Vans Warped Tour 2014.

The odyssey has only just begun for Blameshift, and they could not be more grateful. So come check them out and support your local musicians at this year’s SOUND BUFFET, presented by SPARKBOOM Sunday July 20th 6:30-10PM located at the Rainbow Chapin Stage in Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY. RSVP via Facebook here!


IMG_1801Erin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!

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