Blindspott Profile

aka Blacklistt
Hussein Moses
25 Sep 2018

Thanks to their debut single ‘Nil By Mouth’, which took elements from a burgeoning nu metal scene (downtuned and distorted guitars, DJ scratching, angsty lyrics), Blindspott became one of the most successful hard rock bands to come out of New Zealand in the early 2000s.

Blindspott morphed out of a group called Wrench, featuring drummer Shelton Woolright and vocalist Joel Rowell, who met at Rutherford College in the West Auckland suburb of Te Atatu. In 1997, Damian Alexander stepped in to take over from Rowell, while Gareth Fleming (bass), Marcus Powell (guitar) and Karl Vilisini (turntables) also joined the band. They began writing their own music and entered Battle of the Bands, but only made it through the early rounds of the competition. It didn’t put them off: the band organised their own shows at Auckland bars Papa Jacks and Safari Lounge and used the money to record their first single ‘Nil By Mouth’ in 2001.

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Blindspott graphic. L to R: Damian Alexander, Marcus Powell, Shelton Woolright, Karl Vilisini, Gareth Fleming.
Blindspott - Room To Breathe
Damian Alexander fronting Blacklistt.
Photo credit: Bradley Garner Creative
Blindspott - Nil By Mouth
Blindspott - Lull (2006)
Blindspott - Making Music (2005, NZ On Screen)
Gareth Fleming.
Blacklistt - Burn (2013)
Blindspott, L to R: Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Karl Vilisini, Shelton Woolright, Marcus Powell.
Blacklistt.
Blacklistt were awarded Rock Album of the Year at the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for their self-titled 2013 debut.
Blindspott, L to R: Marcus Powell, Shelton Woolright, Karl Vilisini, Damian Alexander, Gareth Fleming.
Blindspott, L to R: Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Karl Vilisini, Shelton Woolright, Marcus Powell.
Blacklistt and fans at the Powerstation, Auckland.
Blindspott - Phlex
Blindspott - Stay
Blindspott - Drown
Blacklistt, Hamilton, 2014.
Blindspott - Blank
Damian Alexander (vocals, centre).
Blindspott - Yours Truly (2005)
Damian Alexander (vocals) and Karl Vilisini (DJ).
Blindspott, L to R: Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Karl Vilisini, Shelton Woolright, Marcus Powell.
Blindspott, L to R: Damian Alexander, Shelton Woolright, Karl Vilisini, Marcus Powell, Gareth Fleming.
Marcus Powell.
Damian Alexander.
Damian Alexander.
Blacklistt - From the Blind Spot (2012)
Blindspott - S.U.I.T (So Us Is This) (2002)
Tristan Reilly.
Blindspott, L to R: Karl Vilisini, Damian Alexander, Gareth Fleming, Shelton Woolright, Marcus Powell.
Damien Alexander on vocals.
Blindspott, L to R: Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Marcus Powell, Shelton Woolright, Karl Vilisini.
Blindspott, L to R: Karl Vilisini, Shelton Woolright, Gareth Fleming, Damian Alexander, Marcus Powell
Members:

Damian Alexander - vocals

Shelton Woolright - drums

Marcus Powell - guitar

Gareth Fleming - bass

Karl Vilisini - turntables

Dave McDermott - bass

Brandon Reihana - guitar

Tristan Reilly - drums

Labels:

EMI


Blindspott Ltd