Barely Blind
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Barely Blind
Barely Blind
OriginGroves, Texas, USA
GenresRock, Alternative rock, Indie rock
MembersWill Smith, Stephen Salisbury, Brad Cuccio, Reid Guidry
Canaan Davis

Barely Blind is an American rock band that was formed in Groves, Texas in 2003. It is based in Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Bradley Cuccio (lead vocals, guitar), William Smith (drums), Reid Guidry (bass), and Stephen Salisbury (guitar, vocals).

Upon arriving in Los Angeles in 2011, the band self-released their first full-length album Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns for free download on their website.[1] The single on the album "Inner Child" was featured on Fresh New Music: August 2012 [2] and also earned adds in retail in-store playlists across the US and spins at specialty and college radio.



  • The Way We Operate EP (TDR Records) (2007)
  • My Life With A Giant EP (self-released) (2009)
  • Wilder Child Of a Thousand Suns (self-released) (2011)

Formation and early work (2003-2010)

The band met at the ages of 14 and 15 years old when drummer Will Smith was invited to original member Canaan Davis' house to rehearse with Brad Cuccio and Reid Guidry. The band shared a strong and immediate connection with punk and rock music. The band coined their name while attending The Pop Disaster Tour featuring Blink 182 and Greenday. While attending high school the band began playing their first shows locally. Their high energy performances helped them cultivate a large and dedicated fan base throughout Southeast Texas. The band released numerous demos before signing to Chicago-based indie label TDR Records and releasing their first EP The Way We Operate in 2007 produced by Steve Soboslai. In support of their release the band set out on numerous self-booked tours across the US. After touring full-time for two years, founding member, Canaan Davis decided to leave the band to attend college. Now a trio, the band traveled to Baltimore, MD in August 2008 to work with producer Paul Leavitt (Circa Survive, The Bled, All Time Low). These recordings were titled the My Life With a Giant EP and were self-released by the band in June 2009. Prior to returning to Baltimore to complete their EP, Guitarist Stephen Salisbury joined the band, making his debut on the opening track "Tommy With The Lights Out." Soon after its release, the EP appeared on the Billboard Heat Seekers chart for 5 weeks in a row (July - Aug. 2009). In March 2010 the band released their first music video for the song "Panic Attacks Are Normal" which was filmed in their hometown. The music video landed them a spot on the's "Unsigned VIPs Tour" featuring the bands Set It Off and With The Punches. The tour consisted of over 20 dates including the band's first trip to Canada.[3]

Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns (2011-2012)

For the recording of Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns the band traveled to Lancaster, PA to begin tracking songs with engineer Kory Gable. The recording took place in two sessions and the album was completed in a total of only 8 days. The band chose to limit their time in the studio in order to create a spontaneous atmosphere. After tracking the record the band chose a photograph of Bradley's aunt and mother disguised as clowns, taken on Halloween 1979. The band chose a new approach with the release of this album. The band relocated to Los Angeles, CA and made the album available for free download on their website. In November 2012 the band embarked across the US on the Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns Tour performing the album in its entirety on select dates.[4]

2013 - present

Barely Blind was to enter the studio in May 2013 with Pierre de Reeder (Rilo Kiley, Death Cab For Cutie, Vampire Weekend) at Kingsize North in North Hollywood to begin tracking songs for their follow up to Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns. [5]


2007 Headlining/ Self Toured (June 24 - December 9) 2008 Headlining/ Self Toured (Jan. 3rd - Nov. 21)
2009 Fall Tour w/ The Promise Hero (TDR Records) - Aug-Sept
2009 Barack N' Roll Stimulus Tour w/ The Status (Doghouse Records) - Feb-April
2010 Unsigned VIP Tour w/ Set It Off (Equal Vision Records) and With The Punches (Doghouse Records) - May 29 - June 26
2010 Burst and Bloom Tour (Barely Blind Headline) - May 6-25
2010 Vans Warped Tour - July 2 - Houston, TX
2011 Tour w/ PUNCHLINE (Fueled by Ramen/ Modern Short Stories) (May 11-20th)
2012 Vans Warped Tour - July 22 - Pomona, CA
2012 Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns Tour (Barely Blind Headline) (Nov. 1-17th)


  1. ^ "ABSOLUTExclusive: Barely Blind".
  2. ^ "'s Fresh New Music: August 2012".
  3. ^ "FriendsOrEnemies Unsigned VIP Tour". Property Of Zack.
  4. ^ "Announce New Tour Dates, Announce New video".
  5. ^ "Barely Blind Pick Producer, To Record Soon".

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