Band of the Day

2012.10.16

Blisses B

Rollickin', banjo-laden roots rock from a San Francisco quartet
Decide these regal goodbyes beforehand, don’t dye on your tan.
lyrics from Regal Goodbyes

Blisses B has already cemented a reputation in the Bay Area and beyond for foot-stompin’, fist-pumpin’, sing-along live shows. This fall, the San Francisco based quartet returns to the studio to record their third full-length album and follow-up to the 2010 release, ‘Thirty Days, Sixty Years,’ which was recorded, produced, and engineered entirely by the band. Blisses B first unleashed its brand of experimental and psychedelic folk rock in 2009 with its debut album, ’You Should.’ Since then, the band has toured the entire West Coast from SoCal to Oregon to Washington and in 2011 took its style of genre-crashing rock all the way East to spots all over the North East and New England. Along with a packed recording schedule, band members Marcus Schmidt, Evan Bautista, Benjamin Keegan and Noah Libby will continue to tour throughout the fall and into 2013.

As you might imagine, we get a ton of band submissions every single day through the app, via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, friends, family, co-workers, you name it. On the very first day of this year, we received an e-mail from a San Franciscan quartet called Blisses B, who wanted us to check out their sophomore album entitled Thirty Days, Sixty Years. We were impressed by what we heard, and began the process of getting them included in the app. Unfortunately, we’re a small team here at Band of the Day, and somehow this ended up getting lost in the void of our inbox. But thanks to the persistence of the band’s frontman Noah Libby (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin), Blisses B made their way back onto our radar and finally into the app.

The band first got their start with the release of their debut album, You Should, in 2009. After extensively touring up and down the West Coast, they’ve gained a reputation for their exuberant live shows, which often result in plenty of foot-stompin’ and singing along from members of the audience. With their sophomore effort, recorded, produced, and engineered entirely by the band, they’re continuing their brand of rollickin’, banjo-laden roots rock.

Opening track “Regal Goodbyes” starts with a metallic clattering of percussion, before launching into a punchy, upbeat number led by Libby’s soulful, gritty vocals. “Your Own Growl” follows, standing out with vintage organ sounds and infectious guitar riffs. “Valley Low” combines gorgeously-plucked mandolins, banjos, and guitars with percussive shakers. There’s more of a country twang to Libby’s vocal delivery, enhanced by light vocal harmonies from the rest of the band members. This is the type of song you can imagine the band creating while sitting around a wooden porch, perhaps with glass jars of sweet tea on hand, in an impromptu jam session. But no matter how it was actually created, we’re glad it (finally) made its way to our ears.