Citing American Football as an influence is pretty token for anyone starting an emo band, and I’m usually a bit suspicious. However, Georgia’s Blis. don’t sound very much like American Football. There’s a lot more to them, and I’d say Joan Of Arc would be a truer Kinsella reference point, but even that doesn’t seem right. It’s as if Football, Etc had a baby with Prawn, and it was raised by Algernon Cadwallader, before PUP kidnapped it. It’s fairly difficult to accurately define them.
The songs chop and change between quiet intricate guitar parts and noise frequently, and there is a great flow between the songs. Swapping between emo, indie, math rock and punk can prove too much for some bands, but Blis. do it well.
Their songs all have a very similar sound to them, even with the amount of variety in each song. It can be a bit repetitive, but I’m fairly certain I like Blis., and I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more of their stuff.
– Alex Ryan