Big Bliss

Brooklyn post-punkers Big Bliss release "At Middle Distance" LP, play Union Pool on 09.05

Big Bliss has long carved its place in the dark, tense world of post-punk but the trio’s latest single sees the group continuing to develop upon that sound. “Surface” plods along with a drive reminiscent of fellow New Yorkers Interpol and British '80s band Psychedelic Furs. The melodic bass, dour vocal delivery, and sparkling guitars atop don’t veer far from the group’s previous sound, but it’s a welcome polishing up. “Surface” serves as the first single to announce Big Bliss’ new album At Middle Distance, due October 19 via Exit Stencil Records. The release party is scheduled for October 20th at Alphaville, but they'll be performing before that on September 5 at Union Pool. – Cameron Carr


Big Bliss are a beacon of light on "Contact", perform at Baby's on 07.29

Sometimes it can feel like shouting into an endless void trying to get your music heard. There are thousands of new artists each day and there are even more who give up before they find an audience. Bands like Big Bliss have tapped into that raw overwhelming feeling with their spectacular and concise style of post-punk. Comprised of a simple three-piece, this outfit takes the simple components that make tight-knit, reliable rock and loosen some of the constraints to unleash a bolder statement. On their most recent single “Contact”, the reverb-soaked guitars and unrestrained drums form this bright, shimmering wall of sound that claws its way upward with each ascending repetition of the chorus. The bass is the steady hand that drives this track forward, halting any detours that could lead this song astray toward a more dream pop inspired route. It’s a song aware of its circumstances, acknowledging that grand system we could all get lost in and fighting to find the connections to keep us alive. A powerful statement like this could only be found in a precise and uncomplicated song made by a band at this juncture in their career, and it's exhilarating to witness. You can see Big Bliss perform at Baby’s All Right on July 29 and stream “Contact” below. - Tucker Pennington


Big Bliss, Fruit & Flowers, Darkwing + More Play Oh My Rockness "Hardest Working NYC Bands of 2017" Event at Baby's All Right on 2.02

As a followup to their article "New York City's Hardest-Working Bands of 2017," indie music site Oh My Rockness will be hosting a concert in which 6 of the 10 bands that made the list will be performing. Headlining the event will be the group that earned the no. 1 spot, post-punk jangle rockers Big Bliss, with support coming from Fruit & Flowers, Darkwing, Sic Tic, Grim Streaker, and Thick. The show will take place at the venue Baby's All Right, and will be 21+ with tickets going for $10. - Alexander Beebe


Big Bliss back in Brooklyn at The Footlight on 10.05

Since releasing the angular “Fortune” single this past spring, Brooklyn trio Big Bliss have been spreading their post-punk influenced indie rock around with a steady stream of gigs in the city and a run of shows down the coast and into the Midwest over the summer. The band’s knack for power pop style hooks and shimmering guitar tones sets Big Bliss apart from contemporaries in the genre. Check out their recent video for single "High Ideal" and catch them live at The Footlight on October 5th. - Cameron Carr


Restless post-punks Big Bliss release single “Fortune” + play C'mon Everybody on 7.14

Regardless of what’s going on in the world, punk music is like a cockroach the mainstream just can’t kill. It’s constantly growing and shapeshifting into new amalgamations that its originators couldn’t even imagine. That’s where the fast-paced, frantic post-punk of Brooklyn’s Big Bliss comes in. Taking cues from legends like The Cure, Blig Bliss's arrangements are restless and rampaging, while their vocals are cold and detached. Their new single, “Fortune” (streaming below) is an explosion of angsty energy, with a thrumming bass line, a frenzied guitar part, and a hypnotic chorus. Catch them play live at C’mon Everybody on July 14th. - Lilly Milman, photograph by Kevin Condon