Syosset's Blameshift brings tour to Long Island

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Syosset?s Blameshift ? guitarist Tim Barbour, drummer Dan

Syosset?s Blameshift ? guitarist Tim Barbour, drummer Dan Scofield, singer Jenny Mann, bassist Mike Sarkissian ? is touring to support its ?Secrets? album. Photo Credit: Dark Horse Images

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Glenn Gamboa Newsday columnist Glenn Gamboa

Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.

Blameshift is on the kind of tour where singer Jenny Mann had to pack her bathing suit and her North Face jacket.

The Syosset-based band has gone south to Houma, La., west to Kansas and is heading back home to Long Island to play Amityville Music Hall next week -- all in support of the group's recent album, "Secrets" (Blameshift).

"It's hard for a band to tour as much as we do," Mann says. "But there just aren't enough places for us to play on Long Island."

And after years of being road warriors, Blameshift's work is starting to pay off nationally. Their catchy, but still rocking song "Let Go" just got added to Sirius XM Radio's Octane channel. Their poppier "Destroy Your Masquerade," featuring Paul McCoy of 12 Stones, just landed on a recent episode of "The Real World."

"That was a complete surprise for us," Mann says of "The Real World" use. "The next day we saw the effect on iTunes. We sold a lot of copies."

It's the argument Blameshift has made for years. People would love their music if they only got a chance to hear it. That's what keeps them going on tour after tour.

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"When we open for bands, we know people don't want to like us," Mann says, laughing. "When there's a female in a rock band, you have to prove yourself twice as hard. But with our live show, we do whatever we can to win them over. When I see those guys who had their arms folded when we started at the merch table afterwards? I can say, 'My job is done.' "

Blameshift plays Amityville Music Hall,

198 Broadway in Amityville, on March 23. Tickets are $10 through TicketFly, 877-987-6487,

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