Jenny Mann, vocalist of the Long Island based band Blameshift, has been one of my favorite people since I was nine. I had just started listening to exclusively rock music and some of the first bands my dad showed me were Halestorm, Icon For Hire, VersaEmerge, Halocene, and Blameshift. The Black Rose EP was the first album of theirs that I checked out. The first thing I noticed was how underrated they were and the little amount of views on their music videos compared to some of my other favorite artists. It was the first time I found a small, kinda local band to listen to. Of course 4th grade me didn’t realize this at the time, but I definitely remember seeing the difference in popularity.
I thought female rock vocalists were the coolest people in the world as a child and if I’m being honest, I wasn’t wrong. Jenny is a total sweetheart and I look up to her a lot. I’m so proud of how far her band and her bracelet company have come over the years and urge you all to check both out. Blameshift will be releasing new music sometime soon and Strüng has plenty of beautiful accessories for sale.
When Blameshift released Secrets in 2013, they also announced a tour. My dad found out they were coming to a local bar the following spring and apologized for not being able to take me with him. Twelve year old me was really upset and begged him to contact the owners of the bar. Instead, he tweeted Jenny and asked her if he could bring me to meet them before the show. Since the bar was only ten minutes away, he’d be able to bring me home and go back for their set after. We weren’t expecting a response, but Jenny tweeted him back and agreed to meet us outside when they arrived. I got a signed poster, a shirt, stickers, and a tour of their bus. Jenny was really sweet and talked to us for a bit before introducing us to the rest of the band. Then she asked the bartenders if I could stay for the show. In most states, minors are allowed in bars if they’re accompanied by a parent. Since I was obviously not trying to buy alcohol and just wanted to see one of my favorite bands, I was able to stay. I experienced my first ever concert only feet away from a small stage and even chilled at the merch table after Blameshift’s set. It fueled my love for live music and is the reason I continue to support small, talented bands.