One of Brooklyn’s best under-the-radar-but-not-for-much-longer bands Big Bliss are prepping a new record, At Middle Distance, out October 19th via Exit Stencil Recordings. Its lead single, “Surface,” just dropped and it’s an emotional post-punk rollercoaster with the band playing with bass-led tension lines allowing the built up anxiety to balloon up and burst in moody rays of sound.
Big Bliss’ Tim Race details: “This tune, one thing I really like about how it turned out is that if you pay attention to the structure of the song it takes it two minutes for it to hit the chorus.I like the build of anxiety into this sort of pay off moment. What that did was help me build this central lyrical idea of coming to terms with my reflection and observing my millennial peers and the people around me and how they’re engaging in this weird landscape that our generation is facing.
What the music said to me was this sense of insecurity and final realization that, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing but maybe that’s ok,’ once we get to the resolve of the chorus and that’s kind of what the idea of the song is. I look around at people my age that have moved to New York and have found their awesome start up job or whatever and they’re trying to build for retirement, hoping that Social Security will still be there and we’re constantly being bombarded with bullshit ads. Everybody has these weird marketing jobs that don’t really seem to do much for society but that’s what our economy is built on now. It’s like there’s no more Union jobs and it’s all service industry or weird start up jobs or working in the media and it feels like there’s not much solid ground underneath that.
So, I just had to come to terms with that for myself and that’s what the lyrical content of ‘Surface’ is about and it’s sort of like we’re trying to build the anxiety of that feeling around it within those three and a half minutes.”
Check out Big Bliss’ “Surface” below and add it on Spotify here.