It’s been nearly three years since Blis. released Starting Fires in My Parents House, and since then fans of the local post-hardcore outfit have been patiently waiting for a follow-up. Rumors of a new record first began circulating in the spring of 2015, shortly after the band signed with Sargent House, but lineup issues and life changes (frontman Aaron Gossett became a father with his longtime girlfriend) have caused a variety of delays. However, with the release of lead single “Stale Smoke” in late July, fans finally got their first taste of the group’s forthcoming full length, No One Loves You.
As an opening salvo, “Stale Smoke” is explosive and emotionally resonant, examining issues of family and identity as Gossett confronts his feelings surrounding becoming a new father in an interracial relationship, while also trying to follow his passion as a musician. Meanwhile, new single and video “Take Me Home” furthers those familial themes with the singer and guitarist recalling his troubled kinship with his own father.
Visually, the post-grunge assault places Gossett’s son, Atticus, as the focal point of the video, in between fragments of the band playing in various rooms of Immersive contributor Tyler Findlay’s house. Using 8 different cameras (including a VHS), the video moves forward in fits and spurts, but Gossett’s vocals cut through the haze of the erratic tempo: “Dad I don’t care I don’t want to fix it / I don’t need your love anymore / And you can talk all you want, but I won’t listen / Mommy’s gonna pick me up and take me home” he muses, as his voice builds from a whisper to a cathartic scream. Some clever bass and drum play from Luke Jones and Jimi Ingman brings added depth to the verses, while guitarist Josiah Smith helps close things out with a pretty tasty lead near the track’s end.
Make sure you catch Blis. when they hit the road with local powerhouses Microwave and Big Jesus from late October to mid-November. The three bands invade the Masquerade on November 3.
No One Loves You is out Oct. 6 via Sargent House. Pre-orders are available here.