Thursday, September 4, 2008
The Blissters are not your run of the mill power pop outfit - their boisterously melodic songs feature male and female vocals, often trading lines in a single song. I don't come across bands like that often and it was very refreshing to hear. "Right or Reason" is a high energy tune with hit written all over it, and "A-OK" is a perfect follow up. I really dig the surprise keyboard interludes - they give these tunes a healthy 80s vibe that works perfectly. If the Cure ever needed a new keyboard player, Erica C. would win the audition with ease!
On this 4 track Blissters EP, I hear a lot of The Rockfords, a little Paramore, and a pinch of Scandal (Patty Smyth...you know..."The Warrior"). The only negative for me is the production - the instrumentation sounds muddled and dense; consequently, the vocals often get drowned out in the mix. My two cents: I would re-record the guitars with better distortion tones - they are too fuzzy and distracting. Erica C. would benefit from a little confidence booster - she has a decent set of pipes and should sustain some notes more often for a powerful, dramatic effect. Doing this could turn a good song like "Wet Reckless" into a GREAT song.
That said, this material is very promising and should excite any music biz hotshot worth his or her salt to give this band the resources they need to make a blockbuster record. If you like pop punk with a new wave 80s flavor, check out The Blissters.
iPOD-worthy: 1, 2
The Blissters on MySpace.
Check out the video for "Wet Reckless":