James Blonde: Sh!tshow

The new single from the alt-pop/rock trio is a hook-heavy romp that, like the accompanying self-made video, is a lot of fun.

James Blonde: Sh!tshow

By Kerry Doole

James Blonde - Sh!tshow (Independent): This alt-pop/rock trio hails from Niagara Falls, ON, and group members Neil Carson, Phil Taylor, and Steph Mercier have played together since high school, adopting the James Blonde moniker in 2017.

All three members sing, and the resulting full-blooded vocal harmonies are a group signature. Their vocal hallmark is showcased on this new single, a hook-heavy romp that, like the accompanying self-made video, is a lot of fun. Lyrically, lines like "just waiting for the next shitshow" are sadly very timely in these crazed times. 

Given the now commonplace use of profanity, from the White House down, I'm not quite sure why the song title comes self-censored though.


The band has spent the last few years touring North America and has made major festival appearances at Osheaga, Edgefest, CMW and Burlington Sound of Music. A self-titled LP was released in 2017, spawning the single Heartbreak, which topped several prominent Spotify playlists and received major Starbucks play. 

James Blonde is currently working on a new record for a 2019 release.

James Blonde opens for Taylor Dayne at The Ridge, Le Roy, NY, on July 26, followed by extensive North American touring in the fall. Check here for dates.





Management: Mike Greggs, Been There Done That Entertainment

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