Bliss Foxx hail from Eugene, OR with roots in Los Angeles. Originally an outlet for singer K. Rose’s dream pop aspirations, the band has incorporated influences that clearly bear the influence of the grunge aesthetic. Quintessential Pacific Northwest, in other words.
Up and coming bands in Oregon and Washington can sometimes have the odds stacked against them due to the late 80’s / early 90’s explosion of raw unfiltered punk influenced garage rock aka “grunge”, but Bliss Fox shrug off such weighty expectations. Their debut EP is a visceral explosion of sound, refreshing in these uncertain times.
The Bliss Foxx EP is a stunning debut, 3 tracks of raw energy that is invigoration. It sounds fresh and not afraid to show its influences. Bits of The Cars, The Pixies, Nirvana, Hole, and Mudhoney make for an intoxicating brew. Not Zen kicks the proceedings off with a slice of confrontational punk rock with the chorus culminating in “Not Zen / I want revenge”. Contrasting the aural assault is layered vocals that sound reminiscent of the best songs by Hole. Tongue Tied lightens the atmosphere a bit with a dream pop vibe. Lyrically wise, this is a tale of longing and what could have been. “I’m fine being your friend / Don’t make it so strange / You keep finding your / Way in / Into my dreams”. We’ve all been there and that’s why the track hits so hard. Soiled ends things on a high note. Melodies galore wrapped up in white noise. Perfection!
The Bliss Foxx EP is available on Bandcamp and comes highly recommended. It is a stunning debut and a sign of good things to come.
Verdict: Stunning Debut
For Fans of: Nirvana, Hole, L7, The Cars, Blondie, Bikini Kill, Foo Fighters, Mudhoney
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