Big Bliss formed in mid 2015 when brothers Cory (Christines, Party of Helicopters) and Tim Race (Russenorsk) began collaborating on a project with the aims of tapping into shared influences from 70's and 80's punk and post-punk. Despite Cory having a huge musical influence on Tim as kids, this is their first project together. The two collectively share about 25 years playing in separate bands. They recruited local songwriter Wallace May to play bass. Since then they've released two singles: "Ponzi" and "Constants." In early 2016, Big Bliss served as the live band for Todd Tobias (Guided by Voices, Circus Devils) and Steve Five's project/pro-Bernie Sanders PAC Crisis Actors.
Their debut EP Keep Near was self recorded and mixed in April 2016 at Thump in Greenpoint, BK where Tim works as an audio engineer/producer. It will be released on Exit Stencil Recordings on August 12 digitally and on cassette. Big Bliss will tour in August to the Midwest with fellow Brooklynites Language.
Big Bliss's music is often likened to 80's staples such as The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, New Order, and newer bands such as Interpol. They were voted "Best Emerging Post-Punk Band 2015" by Deli Magazine's reader poll, and have shared the stage with likeminded groups such as Wildhoney, Heaven's Gate, and Wireheads.