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Lima, Peru
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Portrait of Emergency Blanket
The music of Peruvian rock band Emergency Blanket is fully charged with life and energy. With influences from rock classics from the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s “the Blankets” achieve a very classical but yet very fresh and original sound.

The EP "What is the Emergency Blanket?" was recorded in 2005 after a solid year of playing live in various local venues and had rave reviews. That year Rolling Stone Magazine (Latin America) released a 2 page article which headed "The band that is breaking the language frontiers in South America".
Their song "Next Passenger" was a hit and was played in the most important radio stations in their country.

The LP "Combi + Nation" (2008) was the band’s first full fledge album. This production includes a new concept which includes songs in Spanish, English and songs that even combine both languages.
This new concept worked well as the band experimented with different sounds and rhythms such as "Lando" a traditional Peruvian genre and "guitarra criolla" a Peruvian style guitar. "Combi + Nation" also makes reference to the diverse and rich culture that Peru represents to the world.

The LP contains 11 tracks and was mixed and mastered at Lima 32 Avenger Studio, Los Angeles California by Peruvian sound engineer German Villacorta (who has worked with musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots among others) who gave the album a very powerful and rich sound.

In March 2008 the band participated in the 1st "Festival Claro" (the most important music event in the country) where they won the "Rock & Pop" Category with their song "La Conexion" which appears in the album "Combi + Nation". Thousands of bands participated in this event. After that they went to play in front of crowds of 15,000+ in cities like Trujillo and Ica in support of Peruvian pop singer “Gian Marco”.

In 2009 they opened for Faith No More in their “Second Coming World Tour” in Lima.

In 2010 they won the Peoples Music Awards (Metal/Punk/Indie/Rock) in London and also completed their first European tour playing in 3 countries and 9 cities in total. In Zurich they opened for legendary Spanish band “Hombres G”.

They received positive comments from the judges at the awards such as “I am very impressed by their energy and enthusiasm and the quality of their writing and playing. Sign them somebody so I can work with them!” - TONY PLATT (Producer: Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, The Who, Rolling Stones among others) and “They show great promise and can expect interest from anyone with ears for good music.” - Mick Glossop (Producer: Van Morrison and Frank Zappa)

The 16th of December 2010 in Lima, Emergency Blanket were selected to open for alternative rock band “Stone Temple Pilots”

In March 2011 Emergency Blanket played as an official band for the SXSW Music Festival plus additional dates where played in Austin, to round up their first US Tour they played a couple of Gigs, one in the legendary The Mint club in LA and the other in The Trip at Santa Monica. During their stay in Austin they were invited to the Same Sky Studio to record a song for the "SXSW 4 Japan" benefit record organized by the Hanson Brothers, the track is currently available on itunes and Amazon as part of the album.

The band is currently in pre production of their upcoming album due to be released in the second semester of 2011.