Is Bliss

Is Bliss
‘Velvet Dreams’
12” Vinyl EP / AC3013084
4th November 2016

Introducing ‘Velvet Dreams EP’, the debut from psychedelic shoegazer trio Is Bliss, set for release this autumn on Club AC30.

‘Velvet Dreams’ is a tantalising taster of this new band’s potential. Its atmosphere resonates strongly with the hazy sixties underground, with its sitar-like waterfall guitars and hypnogogic beats, but other, harder influences bleed through. From the intense hit of fuzzed-up anger on ‘Truth’, through to yearning, soaring dream-pop gorgeousness of ‘Lure’ and lead track ‘Ocean Blue’, this release sets out to show Is Bliss’ full range and depth.

Comprising of Jimmy Stuart (vox, guitar), Dean Edwards (bass) and Sam Speakman (drums), Is Bliss have been together barely a year and yet have quickly gained attention opening for Wolf Alice, Telescopes, Nine Black Alps, Mark Gardener and Robin Guthrie. Many bands today cite My Bloody Valentine as a major influence, but Is Bliss exist because Dean clocked Jimmy’s MBV t-shirt and when they struck up a conversation they discovered a shared a love of Slowdive, Spacemen 3, Verve and The Cure, along with a need to escape the mind-numbing boredom of rural Hampshire. This first clutch of songs was developed through live improvisation, but is taken to the next level here by Pat Collier (The House Of Love, Primal Scream, Swervedriver).

  • “Is Bliss fuse shoegaze tapestries with psychedelic flourishes, as well as introducing elements of gothic soundscape….”   Clash
  • “....Pink Floyd fighting The Beatles for the very soul of the late sixties.”   Unpeeled
  • “Oozing hazy, psychedelic vibes and soaring reverb-strewn riffs, it’s a blissful cacophony of dreamy, shoegazey goodness.”   Gigslutz