Today, we explore the agonies and triumphs of the band, Blünt Lancet: the story Behind The Music.
It all began in a quiet New England suburb called Dis-maah. As students at the University of Twitter, these five friends shared a need for health information, and a panache for puns and trouble-making. The core of the band consisted of Simon "Syringe" on lead vocals and guitar, Kelly "RawSugar" on keyboard, Moby "Testkit" on bass, Kim "Pancreas" on drums, and their invaluable roadie/booking agent, Jeff "Lancer".
Aside from their musical diversity, Blünt Lancet was also an innovator in music technology. Syringe partnered with Luthier Music Corporation to develop a line of guitar strings made from discarded insulin pump tubing, and guitar picks from the tops of test strip tubes. "We'd never seen anything like it - but the concepts stuck with me. We had to give it a shot.", said Luthier's CEO.
The band's fans, who dubbed themselves "Lancetheads", like to gush about how powerful the Blünt Lancet live concert experience is. One fan, Dr. Strange, shared his experience: "It's like they infuse the audience with some kind of hormones. I mean, the songs just get stuck in your head. People would hold up their backlit glucose meters like lighters during the ballads, and I just felt like part of one big community. There's never a dull moment with these guys. I hope this never changes."
Blünt Lancet has had their share of difficulties. Record sales often fell out of their target range at the end of the 1990's, and the group had to wait years for the rebound. Blunt Lancet added some back-up lancers for the "Use Once And Destroy" tour, which ended up being a waste of money when the lancers got lost in the back of the venue "The Supply Drawer" in downtown L.A. "I didn't think we'd ever have a need for them, and after that incident we decided that, ultimately, we weren't going to use them", confided Testkit.
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The stars re-aligned for Blünt Lancet with a reunion performance at the much-anticipated D-Prom event in 2011. They debuted a new rock ballad, Let's Stick Together, and the band saw their post-prandial record sales skyrocket. The band plans to release a collection of "overwrought, Fall Out Boy-esque" songs this fall, with titles such as If You Were Any Sweeter, There'd Be A Bolus Involved and I Don't Need Your Alcohol Swabs (I'm A Licker). A subsequent worldwide tour is being considered, and the band is testing different sites. "We're trying to rotate, so we don't run out of real estate with this thing", said Lancer.
What does the future hold for Blünt Lancet? Kelly RawSugar: "We want our fans to know that we'll always stick with them. I can't gauge what the future holds, but Blunt Lancet has staying power."
Lancetheads all over the world are, as they like to say, "pumped".
*Editor's note: A friend of mine was kind enough to create the logo and album cover art for me in this post - if he manipulated an image of yours and you would like credit for your work, please let me know! I'd be happy to credit you.