Review: Blis., ‘Starting Fires In My Parents House’

Posted 3 years ago by Joel Funk

Written By: Joel Funk Edited By: Caitlin Kohn

I’m one for very long and equally sleepless nights that usually result in my rolling out of bed around noon. There are a number of things surrounding this that do anything but ease the situation: I don’t get home from work until 10pm and I have become incredibly dependent on Netflix to help keep my sanity in check. Netflix and whatever I’m listening to at the moment. For the last few weeks, that has been the guys in Blis. The story of Blis so far has been an interesting one. Everybody that I talk to that’s heard of this band did so in the same fashion.

We’ve all seen this band go from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye – literally. They went from a band that I had never heard of to a band that everybody is talking about. They’ve been called revivalists and indie royalty, and I’ve even heard them compared to Manchester Orchestra. That is a TON of hype. Especially considering that all of this hype is surrounding a four song EP. However, the all the hype has been for good reason. The EP ‘Starting Fires In My Parents House’ is an incredible collection of songs that has earwormed their way into our hearts.

The EP starts off with vocals that I can only describe as exhausted. I understand that the word exhausted is usually used in a negative way, but the usual definition of the word isn’t what I’m looking for. The vocals are light, they’re breathy, and sound emotionally worn out. Those first few seconds of opener “Floating Somewhere High and Above” really drive this home. The music feels like those few moments before you fall into a real sleep. It’s just as light as it is heavy, and everything sort of feels like a dream while it’s going on.

The Manchester Orchestra comparison was made by none other than Zack Zarrillo of Property of Zack, and from the moment I read it, it’s stuck with me. They make music in the same vein as Manchester Orchestra, but I feel like Blis is easier to sink your teeth into. Maybe that’s because they don’t have a daunting back catalogue, or perhaps not. I like Manchester Orchestra, but I’m not a repeat listener of their music. When I press play on ‘Starting Fires In My Parents House,’ we’re lucky if I only listen to it three times. Especially once we hit the sweet spot that is “Stationary Life.”  

There’s just something about this EP that keeps pulling me back in, and I find something new to love about each time I listen to it. From those heavy, tired vocals to the music itself, everything about this release works in it’s own favor. We all saw how fast people started talking about this band. If that’s any indication of the future of Blis, I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. Every good thing that comes their way is well deserved, and I can’t wait to see these guys take off.