Bliss- Demo 1992 xfer from Master Tape

I was a big fan of Bliss back in the late 80s- they were a cattle club mainstay and had a very different sound- sort of like some of the more obscure/instrumental SST bands and related- think Always August, Abecedarians, etc. Brandon (guitar) even played on of those Dan Armstrong clear lucite guitars.
I was up at a show in Nevada City a few years ago and someone tapped my shoulder. I turn around and it’s Brandon- instant recognition even though we had not seen each other for 25 years. It was wild.
This demo is a bit later on, after they moved more into the alternative funk/groove direction. They also picked up a new vocalist who I am not as familiar with. Thanks to Brandon for mailing me the CDs of the old demos. I still have the original demo of the late 80s stuff that I need to digitize.

Transferred by: Brandon Moore

Audio Demo

Bliss- Cattle Club, Sacramento Ca. 2/16/90 xfer from master tape!

The 80’s/early ’90s were an interesting time. You never knew when skinheads were going to come and screw up a show. Well, of all shows they decide to jump on stage during a Bliss show (!??!!) and bark about their hate. Then, during the last song Grant gets into it with the guy and they start rolling around on stage, fighting during the last song. Then chaos ensues and (I think) a team effort gets the skinhead out of the club. Just bizarre- Bliss is a band reminiscent of old SST acts, why would these guys even show up? Anyway, thanks Grant for bouncing.

Recorded by: Shayne Stacy


Live Concert Video

Bliss- 4 Track Demo November 1989 xfer from master tape

Man, I love this era of Bliss’ music. Many songs were instrumentals and they had the psych/SST thing going. I saw them in Nevada City- it may have been at AVM(Miner’s foundry) in August of 1988, and I was hooked instantly. So happy that I got to see them quite a few times back then. Huge thanks to Brandon Moore for sending these my way.

Recorded by: ?
Transfer by: Brandon Moore

Audio Demo