Fromed in early 1997, bliss
was a Canadian
three-piece alternative rock band. Rising out of the ashes of grunge and related Seattle
vowed to bring life to the stagnant Charlottetown
scene, which was rooted in an anti-rock, "hardcore" punk
After a interview on a local radio station, bliss
started work on song-writing and song-development. After only a few weeks the trio released the infamous "Noize Jam Demo
" which circulated the local high schools and car tape decks.
Growing in popularity before playing a single gig, bliss
chose an Inner City Youth Connection Battle of the Bands
as their historical first performance.
They performed their strange brew of alt. rock, blues and noise to an ecstatic audience. The band that followed them was booed off the stage, to the cries of "bring back bliss!"
Bliss spent many months working on their material
and playing coffee house
s and other small venues. Soon enough material was written to produce an LP, and bliss headed into the studio. "In Too Deep
" was the result of the so-called "vampire
session" recordings. With countless delays, problems, and setbacks, the band was beginning to grow weary of the D.I.Y. process. But despite all the problems, the music could not be stopped, and all the hard work payed off.
Bliss began leaning towards more progressive
music, as the band's influenced grew. The band began incorporating stage-show
elements into their performance, which turned the bored locals on their ears.
As with many indie bands, eventually bliss
became too big for their own good. Their music was now much more technical
than any of the band members could play comfortably
, and the lead vocalist all but stopped singing entirely. August 25, 1999
marked the historic final show of one of Prince Edward Island
's most innovative bands. The band performed their hits, misses and personal favourites to a captivated audience. It was a bittersweet
farewell which left both band and audience emotionally shaken.
Although it has been hinted that members may reunite under the "Special Puppets
" moniker, it seems unlikely that any long-term projects will emerge.