Nate Jarrell: Guitar (electric), Vocals | Judd Morgan: Vocals | Kurt Love: Drums | Mitch Johnson: Bass guitar

Genre: Metal | Hardcore, Punk, Rock

RIYL: Underoath, Bloody Sunday, Cry of the Afflicted, No Innocent Victim, Agnostic Front, the Zeros, the Penetrators, Sick of It All, Cardiac Kidz, P.O.D., Gut Punch

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Synoposis

Inception: San Diego, 2017

Influences: Underoath, Bloodlined Calligraphy, At the Wake, East West, Bloody Sunday, Demon Hunter, Cry of the Afflicted

Background:

The Christian punk rock four-piece band Born Blind was originally from San Diego, playing shows in the western part of the U.S. All four members of the group -- Judd Morgan, Chris Beckett, Kurt Love, and Nate Jarrell -- were former members of No Innocent Victim. They released their debut album Pressing On on Facedown Records in late 1998. Their old-school punk sound continued on their second album, One for All, in mid-2000 on Solid State Records.

They only did one U.S. tour in late 2000 before calling it quits in 2001. Says Jarrell, “While I loved playing that music, I realized that I hadn’t learned anything musically since I was 15. So I started taking lessons from somebody who turned out to be a jazz guy — he exposed me to a lot of music I hadn’t heard, and through that experience I decided to go back to school [San Diego State] and get my degree.”

A reunion performance took place November 26, 2016, at Lion’s Den Tattoo in Lemon Grove. The drummer at the time was 61 years old. According to Jarrell, “We [Born Blind] got back together a few years ago and decided to play some reunion concerts which did really well. But our bassist [Chris Beckett] had become a classical mandolin player who moved to Germany, so the rest of the band [singer Judd Morgan, drummer Kurt Love, and new bassist Mitch Johnson] reformed as Gut Punch.”

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