Introducing Velvet Dreams EP, the debut from psychedelic shoegazer trio Is Bliss, set for release this autumn on Club AC30 – a tantalising taster of this new band’s potential.

The EP’s atmosphere resonates strongly with the hazy sixties underground, with its sitar­like waterfall guitars and hypnogogic beats, but other, harder influences bleed through. From the intense hit of fuzzed­up anger on ‘Truth’, through to yearning, soaring dream­pop gorgeousness of ‘Lure’ and lead track ‘Ocean Blue’, this release sets out to show Is Bliss’ full range and depth.

Is Bliss have been together barely a year and yet have quickly gained attention opening for Wolf Alice, Telescopes, Nine Black Alps, Mark Gardener and Robin Guthrie. Many bands today cite My Bloody Valentine as a major influence, but Is Bliss exist because Dean clocked Jimmy’s MBV t­shirt and when they struck up a conversation they discovered a shared a love of Slowdive, Spacemen 3, Verve and The Cure, along with a need to escape the mind­numbing boredom of rural Hampshire.

Is Bliss Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter 

Listen to ‘Ocean Blue’ below:

Plus support from OUTLANDER

Outlander are a four piece from Birmingham with a penchant for the kind of drifting melancholy and cathartic walls of sound championed by bands like Mogwai and This Will Destroy You. The band are in the process of self-releasing their debut which comes in the form of double A side ‘Take Turns’ b/w ‘I’ll Get Mine Too’.

Outlander Links: Soundcloud | Facebook



Listen to ‘Take Turns’ b/w ‘I’ll Get Mine Too’ below: