Blis. are an Atlanta emo band whose breakout LP No One Loves You has been receiving critical acclaim since its October release. The band combines guitar-driven heft with the ethereal vocals of frontman Aaron Gossett…
If you’ve never heard of Blis., now is the time to acquaint yourself. No One Loves You, the Atlanta quartet’s debut album, feels like an effort from a seasoned band that has already spent several years refining their craft…
Atlanta based rock band Blis. released their debut album No One Loves You on 6th October via Sargent House Records. This is more than your typical debut, this is full formed, confident and assured album. It’s the sound of a band that have their style and direction honed and perfected.
Blis. is the story of perseverance. If there exists a band who can tell you openly about struggle and communicate that same woe and somber victory in their music, it’s Blis. Hailing from Atlanta and originally the solo project of frontman Aaron Gossett, Blis. later expanded to include Luke Jones on bass and Jimi Ingman on drums. Their introduction was the crisp and punchy four-track EP, Starting Fires in my Parents Housein 2015. Yet with the band’s debut LP, No One Loves You, released in October via Sargent House, Blis. arrives fully formed as a complex and powerful unit.
“No One Loves You is one of the strongest debut albums of the year, with an incredible narrative here that propels and defines a dreamy soundscape of oppressive crunch and beautiful serenity.” – Treble Zine
My first memory of Blis. is from the front porch of an Edgewood house show. I remember it was a frigid winter night, and while I can recall being impressed by the fledgling band, little did I suspect the impact they would come to have on the Atlanta scene. Since forming in 2011, the group has grown into a wondrous, pummeling force of atmospheric beauty, tumultuous guitars, and latent sadness. Frontman Aaron Gossett has emerged as a complex and conflicted songwriter, generously offering listeners a candid peek into his volatile world. Life isn’t something that comes easy in his eyes; Gossett’s hardships and struggles only motivate his perseverance to record and make new music—a kind of lifelong creative therapeutic session.
Emo music has a knack for synonymy. Twinkly guitars, lyrics of heartbreak and friendships lost, the sing-shout choruses that invite audience participation; the DIY-scene is saturated in the same ideas and trends that feel overused and commonplace for a fifth of the acts who annually play FEST. It takes a distinct band to craft an exciting record that builds off of insecurities and anxiety in a way that feels relatable, exciting and explosive.
And that’s truly what Atlanta’s Blis. has shown us on their debut LP, No One Loves You. Mixing emo with elements of shoegaze, indie rock, pop punk, and post-hardcore, Blis. has created a soundscape of the exciting bits of rock music without sticking to one subgenre too dearly. They’ve broadened their scope since debuting onto the scene with the fantastic four-track EP Starting Fires In My Parents House, crafting a balanced debut album that stands as an impressive feat and influenced by acts as Pedro the Lion and Nine Inch Nails. This isn’t so much an awesome emo album for 2017 as much it is an amazing Blis. record.
Interview with vocalist/guitarist Aaron Gossett | By Tim Anderl
Squeezing into a particular mold or preconceived box isn’t the strong suit of Atlanta’s Blis., who released their debut full-length, No One Loves You, via Sargent House on Oct. 6. Unfortunately, the experience is nothing new for vocalist and guitarist Aaron Gossett. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we’ve never felt a lot of love from Atlanta,” he admits. “I don’t exactly fit the parameters of the average person playing our style of music in this city. I’ve always felt [like an outcast] from our local scene due to things that are out of my control, if you know what I mean. That’s Georgia for you.”
In recent years, the alt-rock revolution of the ’90s is once more becoming a fashionable reference point for up-and-comers, but few of these bands sound as raw and vital as their sonic touchstones; Sargent House signing Blis. are the exception.
The Atlanta, Georgia three-piece fuse the wiry guitar hooks that made Pixies a household name with the disarmingly candid songwriting nous wielded by the likes of Manchester Orchestra, making them likely contenders as the next big name in guitar-led catharsis.
Given the strength of their breathtakingly fully formed debut, No One Loves You, we felt compelled to get hold of lead songwriter, singer and guitarist, Aaron Gossett, to hear the unfortunate fate of his first guitar, the electrics that got away and a ripping - quite literally - onstage yarn…