I remember when I first heard this song. It was on the Tooth & Nail Songs from the Penalty Box compilation, amidst other songs ranging from pop-punk to hardcore and everything in-between. But Blindside was hard to peg. It was heavy and raw, and kind of hardcore, but not really. There was a mild rap influence in the delivery, but it wasn’t really rapcore either. Post-hardcore hadn’t really occurred to me as a category yet.
The band put the song on their debut, self-titled, full-length album and a year later released a second–both albums on Tooth & Nail/Solid State. They then jumped to mainstream Elektra Records for 2 more albums, refining their sound into something more polished and resembling alternative metal or nu metal.
I had the privilege to catch the band live in Georgia in the summer of 1997, playing at a small church south of Atlanta with Luti-Kriss (who were still in high school at the time), World Against World, and Jesse and the Rockers. Great show!