Rock band from Georgia, USA
Below each trudging riff and well beyond the dense ashes of the low-end, a grinding melody appears -- the core essence of Big Jesus. The band was formed from a non serious idea of C.J. Ridings and things just kept snowballing after a few songs were hosted online. Line ups shifted and members rotated until Spencer Ussery, Tommy Gonzalez, and Joe Sweat completed the roster that would end up penning a deal with Mascot Label Group. Big Jesus is a balancing act of heavy, pretty, bludgeoning, soothing, aggressive, and droning tones that are put together in a way that is distinctly their own.
For those of us who have long waited for local rockers Blis. to unveil new music, this week’s release of “Stale Smoke” via Sterogum arrives as both a sigh of relief and a fist pump of triumph. The group’s new single is the first track we’ve heard since their 2015 EP, Starting Fires in My Parents House, and while the band’s lineup may have changed, their knack for crafting stormy post-hardcore anthems remains firmly intact. Built around flailing guitars, propulsive drums, and Aaron Gossett’s moody vocals, Blis.’ latest is every bit the raw and powerful return we hoped it would be. – Guillermo Castro