Blueprint (band)

Blueprint (band)

Blueprint is a Santa Cruz, California-based acoustic rock band. Formed in 1999, the band has won numerous awards for their music.

Their music receives radio airplay in the U.S.A., Europe, Canada, Japan and the Philippines.


*Maybe Wednesday (2001)
*One Way Out (2003)
*Wilderness of Mirrors (2005)

Band Members

*Darren McClure
*Zach Friend
*Julian White
*Tom Savell
*Jon Spivak
*Dave Price


*Winner of the Metro Santa Cruz Reader's Awards for Band, Album, Musician of the Year for the last 5 years
*Winner of the Good Times Reader's Poll for Band of the Year 2005
*Winner of San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe Battle of Bands 2007

Featured on music compilations from four different record labels and three different music magazines.


"Blueprint’s latest CD, ’Wilderness of Mirrors,’ once again confirms this band’s rightful cohabitation in a specialized songwriting stratum that is shared with such notables as the Counting Crows and XTC. If you are a serious music fan in this area, the lead vocals are instantly recognizable. If not, you might be wondering what big name group this might be. Blueprint packages it so well, with its jangly alt pop rhythms, crisp leads and a vocal delivery that makes one want to cheer his conviction. The live tracks affirms that as great as this band is in the studio, anyone who has seen them in concert knows that they are just as good live"

John Lewis, Your Music Magazine

"Blueprint is a band filled with incredible talent, spirit and strong vocals. This group of Santa Cruzers shows a great deal of promise in future releases and McClure’s voice provides a positive, energetic pop vibe. For a band that is just beginning, Blueprint seems to have what it takes to make it in the music industry. Embracing many diverse sounds, they have created and produced some inspiring music."- DC On Campus, Washington DC

"Santa Cruz’s most promising rockers with the release of "One Way Out," introducing their acoustic fans to a new electric sound, These boys are on their way up"- Santa Cruz Sentinel

"Blueprint is making a name for themselves both locally and beyond. Their user-friendly sound and passionate vocal delivery make them easy targets for comparison to such bands as Counting Crows, Blues Traveler and the like, butBlueprint has a promising, catchy sound all their own."- Good Times

"This five piece California band drives an edgy alt rock machine ranging from jangly pop to crunchy, guitar heavy grunge with most stops in between. Tracks like "Step Away" and "Ten Years" show a more hooky side with more acoustic tinged rhythms and sharp harmonic vocals. Think bits of Radiohead and Dexter Freebish with a touch of old school pop alt like the Bodeans. Music that has some complexity in it’s varied styles, but a simplicity in weaving those styles into a comfortable sound that still manages a fresh edginess."- Music Morsels

"Here is a prediction for the new year: MTV, CMJ Magazine and CD 93 are all going to fall head over heels for local five-piece Blueprint. Clean cut, confident and full of rock-star panache, singer Darren McClure, guitarist Zach Friend, guitarist Julian White, bassist Ben Edwards and drummer Dave Price have created the perfect alt-rock pop record. The music is so friendly, well produced and, more importantly, commercial-radio accessible, it’s a shock that a major record label didn’t produce it. Singer McClure’s voice ranks somewhere in between Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz and Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins with all the necessary feel-good lyrics and music to back him up. The rest of the album follows a similar format: catchy drumbeats, sing-along-choruses and, yes, honest pop-guitar solos."- Santa Cruz Metro

"These Santa Cruzers show considerable promise on their full-length CD. The band’s gift for positive-vibe pop-rock is voiced by singer Darren McClure... [and] there are more than a few moments, both in the material and performance, that suggest this band could be well worth developing."- Music Connection Magazine

"Catch Blueprint now before they get the Big Push from the powers that be."- Demorama

"Blueprint is the kind of band that the local music critics begin to buzz about the moment that they release their first album... they are the kind of band that, well, sells a boatload of records."- Fish Rap, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

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