Very rarely these days does a band enter our lives with the ability to speak to every corner of the heart. Brooklyn trio Big Bliss to navigate the beauties and pains of the human experience on their new LP, At Middle Distance, being released October 19th by Exit Stencil Records. Having come together in late 2015, Big Bliss is the beautifully ruminating post-punk brainchild of brothers Tim (vox, gutiar) and Cory Race (drums). The brothers, having been split early on, each with a separate parent, had never played together over a cumulative 25 years of music, until both moved to New York from the Midwest. Years into living blocks from each other, they formed the band with friend and collaborator Wallace May (bass), initially as a casual recording project. However, after the 2016 release of their debut EP, Keep Near (Exit Stencil Records), motives and motivations shifted, and it became pretty difficult not to see the name Big Bliss on a show bill, especially at the remaining DIY spaces in NYC. Tireless efforts and undeniable passion on and off the stage landed the band on five tours, and earned them the title of Oh My Rockness’s “Hardest Working Band of 2017.”
Officially formed in late 2016, SUNGAZE’s sound lies somewhere between the world’s of 90’s shoegaze and 70’s era psych rock, with hints of modern day dream pop making itself apparent in the vocal harmony stylings of Hilvert and Colvin.