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Big Bliss’ “Contact” is Post-Punk Ecstasy

Big Bliss’ “Contact” is Post-Punk Ecstasy Photo by Jordan Cole

Big Bliss are speeding into 2018. Named “New York City’s Hardest Working Band of 2017” by Oh My Rockness, they played a whopping 150+ shows last year. On February 2, they're releasing a 7-inch double-single through Exit Stencil Recordings. Their newest music video, “Contact,” is a testament to their ability to plunge you into a dream world with their effects-laden post-punk. 

"Contact" is a driving whirl of sound. The pinging guitars perfectly accentuate the shimmering cymbals. The gently insistent timbre of the vocals pulls at you and lulls you into a trance as Tim Race and Wallace May plead, "Give me every moment, give me all your time." The video is gorgeous in its own right. Haze and rich colors engulf the band as the camera cocks from one angle to the next. The band pushes themselves into panes of glass, contorting their lips and noses as if they're trapped. They rub their faces, then rub red and black paint onto the glass. 

Over email, guitarist and vocalist Tim Race told AdHoc, “'Contact' is about attachment and anxiety of distance, and how it’s dealt with considering modern communication. In the video, we used a giant piece of plexiglass, paint, and a ton of smoke to gradually obscure the image in between us and the camera to illustrate the idea."

Big Bliss plays with Psychic Selves, You’re Jovian, and Birds at Alphaville on February 8th.

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The Dead C: "Truth" Music Video

The Dead C:

For a band that's released about twenty albums and hasn't been actively reclusive, New Zealand's The Dead C is surprisingly distant and mysterious. This aura is bolstered by the fact that the band has only made one music video, and while it was produced in 2003, it has just now become available to view, thanks to The Wire. The video, for The Damned's "Truth," doesn't make the trio (Bruce Russell, Robbie Yeats, Michael Morley) any less obscure. Grainy and pixelated, the video echoes The Dead C's music by taking a familiar rock n' roll set-up and then refusing to comply with any of the genre's tropes. It's minimal, psychedelic, and strangely sad-- much like the song itself. Hopefully we'll get another video from them in twenty years.

The Dead C - Truth from The Wire Magazine on Vimeo.