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October 31, 2012

VIDEO: Welcome home, Barely Blind

Relocated rockers return for first local show since move to L.A.

BEAUMONT — Things have changed quite a bit since Barely Blind last rocked Southeast Texas.

Pop punk outfit Barely Blind relocated to Los Angeles, Calif. in 2011 to begin the band’s next, and, hopefully, best, chapter of its decade long career. Now, with an album in tow, the band is headed back to Beaumont for its first local rock show since departing Southeast Texas more than one year ago.

Barely Blind will headline a concert at The Gig on Crockett Street this Friday night, Nov. 2, for ages 18 and older. Admission is $10 at the door and special guests include We Were Wolves, Driver Friendly, Dear You and We Are Wombat.

Following the release of two EP CDs, “The Way We Operate,” released in 2007, and “My Life With a Giant,” released in 2009, the band is touring in support of its new album, “Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns.”

The band, which features Will Smith, drums; Stephen Salisbury, guitar; Brad Cuccio, vocals and guitar; and Reid Guidry, bass, is beginning its 10-date fall tour in Beaumont and continues its trek across the U.S. with shows scheduled in Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey before returning for mid-November shows in Austin, Dallas and Houston.

The Orange Leader: Has the experience of relocating been as exciting as you hoped and as difficult as you expected?

Reid Guidry: It’s definitely been everything we wanted. We knew it would be difficult, so we really didn’t have too many expectations. We went into it with the mindset that we were starting the band over from the ground up. We put our album (”Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns”) for free just to get people familiar with us once we got there.

OL: Do you feel it has been as successful as you had envisioned?

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