From circuses and smoky soirees, Lovecraftian affairs and the nocturnal gatherings of society’s undesirables, the songs on “Change Yer Life” reflect the hectic and eclectic minds that compose the group. “Social justice, classic horror, or old friends long gone” all influence Lead Singer Asher Putnam’s emotional state and lyrical content. “There is always a theme and an element of the horror/fantastic in every song I write, as well as a sense of loss.” These themes live and dance in this album, full of fan favorites from the live Bella’s set. Songs such as The Fiddler and the Devil and The Strigoi Waltz borrow from Jewish folklore and supernatural tales. Others tend toward the more personal or emotional, as in Mother, a dance ballad written as a paean to mothers and a plea to forgive their children. Science puts on display a love for Nikola Tesla and his scientific contributions and psychological quirks. The brisk, Django-esque romp, Zora, jangles ironically over its themes of civil rights and the hypocritical violence of Zionist ideology. Creepster uses its relentlessly upbeat country vibe to unveil the inherent creepiness in coveting someone from afar, and Party Song mocks the exhausting absurdities in privileged party culture. Produced and engineered by guitarist Chris Kerrigan, “Change Yer Life” was recorded at Amity House Productions and is the first full length album with the band’s current line-up.
Since their conception, ten-piece band West End Blend has been playing their version of soul-funk in venues all over. Fronted by vocalist Erica Bryan the band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while still adding their own distinct sound and flair to their collectively-composed originals.
West End Blend boasts a full four-piece horn section, two guitars, bass, keys and percussion to boot, packing the group onto stages every night. From humble beginnings in an epic basement funk dance party, The Blend’s goal has always been to bring a party atmosphere to every show and venue ever since.