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Blindspott was a nu metal/alternative rock band from Waitakere, New Zealand. They were formed in 1997, originally consisting of Damian Alexander (vocals), Shelton Woolright (drums), Marcus Powell (guitar, backing vocals), Dave McDermott (bass) and Brandon Reihana (guitar). Previous members included Gareth Flemming (bass) and Karl Vilisini (turntablist, keyboardist). Blindspott had a break through single with 'Nil By Mouth' in 2001 which gained major airplay on TV and radio alike. Other hits released during 2001-2003 were 'Room to Breathe', Top 10 single 'Phlex', 'Blank', 'S.U.I.T' and 'Lit Up'. Their self titled debut album (2002) reached number 1 in its first week of release in New Zealand and they have had another top 10 single- Phlex. Their debut album, 'Blindspott', went platinum in New Zealand in its first week of release. It is presently triple-platinum. Blindspott were voted NZ's favourite band by the public as part of an Air New Zealand competition in 2003. Their songs have also been hits in Australia and in Asia. Their single, Drown, was released on May 1, 2006. Drown entered the official New Zealand music chart on May 7, 2006, going straight to 4th place. Blindspott's second album, End the Silence, was released in New Zealand on May 29, 2006. End The Silence broke New Zealand music records - in the first week of release the album went straight to Number 1 on the official New Zealand music charts. Blindspott are the first New Zealand music act to have both their albums debut in the charts at Number 1. The first single from the album Yours Truly reached the Top 10. In August 2006, Blindspott played at the massive Summer Sonic music festival in Tokyo, Japan, alongside major international acts such as Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park and Tool. End the Silence was released in Australia on September 2, 2006. In 2007, after 10 years together and many publicised band fallouts along the way, Blindspott broke up to focus on more solo efforts. Blindspott played their final concert on August 25 2007 at the Powerstation nightclub in Auckland. Brandon Reihana guested at the G-TARanaki Guitar Festival in New Plymouth in July 2008.