The Heavy Blinkers formed in 1998 in Halifax, Nova Scotia as a solo project of Jason MacIsaac. Soon finding the need for an actual band, the original line-up consisted of MacIsaac, Andrew Watt, Trevor Forbes, Ruth Minnikin and Greg Fry. Other members and contributors over the years have included David Christensen, Jenn Grant and Jason Ball.
After four albums and one EP release, the Heavy Blinkers have been working on a double album titled Health for the past four years. Extraneous circumstances have rearranged the band’s composition and today sees Jason MacIsaac continuing work on the recording solo though collaborators include David Christensen, Omar Ashour and Chuck Blazevic, Sondre Lerche and Sean O’Hagan of the High Llamas. As MacIsaac says: “… For now, and at least with the new album, it is a bit of a solo/duo [with Christensen] endeavor. In a way, it has come full circle.”
Expect the release of Health just as soon as it is perfect.
Jason composes much of the music and lyrics for the Heavy Blinkers, as well as for Halifax theatre troupe, Zuppa Circus. He has also produced Jenn Grant’s album Orchestra for the Moon (with Christensen), Brent Randall’s We Were Strangers in Paddington Green and is currently finishing work on the first EP by The Prospector’s Union.