Interview: Shady Bliss
Nikki Keating | On 19, Oct 2013
Think of your favourite movie. Now think of the scene that makes it the best.
Thereâ€™s always a piece of music that accompanies it that literally moves you into the story.
Songs define scenes in a movie like they can define a time in your life.
In a little espresso bar tucked away in Fortitude Valley I listened to a song that will define many lives, none more than the members of alternative psychedelic rock band, Shady Bliss.
Launching their latest single, Monsters, Shady Bliss finished up a sound check at Bear Bones Espresso. Headlining the gig later that night, the band of four fine-tuned their instruments and debated the pros and cons of turning down the volume. Mostly the cons.
Stealing a moment of their gig prep I spoke to them about Monsters.
CD: â€œYouâ€™ve got your single release tonight; tell me a bit about the single.â€
Morgan: â€œThe lyrics were written by our old bass player, Nikita, whoâ€™s living in Canada at the moment. She writes amazing lyrics and sheâ€™s been giving us the odd song every now and then. This one just worked with the music I wrote for it.â€
CD: â€œWhatâ€™s the sound? Is it similar to older stuff youâ€™ve done or a move away from that?â€
Morgan: â€œSince Ari joined the band we seemed to have found a dirtier rock sound, but this song is just really, really chilled.â€
Lewis: â€œReally mellow.â€
Ari: â€œThis song we really delved into obviously psychedelic territory.â€
CD: â€œWhatâ€™s the song about?â€
Morgan: â€œThis oneâ€™s about the effect that drugs have on your life and how much they change you. Monsters is about some kidâ€™s realisation after heâ€™s had all these drugs, and heâ€™s coming down and seeing how whack the world really is.â€
CD: â€œThere are certainly a lot of different sounds at this gig. Tonight youâ€™re playing with Baskervillain and Settling, whatâ€™s it like working with other bands?â€
Morgan: â€œItâ€™s probably the best part.â€
Ari: â€œWeâ€™ve got a family bond with bands like Boss Moxi.â€
Chrissa: â€œItâ€™s great to get gigs with other bands weâ€™re friends with.â€
After agreeing that Brisbaneâ€™s music scene is well underrated I got to chatting with Shady Bliss about music they love.
CD: â€œWhatâ€™s your guilty pleasure?â€
Ari: â€œOh, Iâ€™ve got one. I love WWE wrestling. John Cena sucks. Iâ€™m a CM Punk guy. Yeah, ok, thatâ€™s mine.
CD: â€œWell, I meant in music, but thanks for that story.â€
Ari: â€œOh, no.â€
Chrissa and Lewis: â€œThis HAS to go on record.â€
Ari: â€œIâ€™ve got excellent music taste, my music taste is flawless.â€
Also, just for the record, these guys really do have impeccable taste in music.