Sheffield five piece band, Blessa obviously spent many an evening listening to ’80s hazy indie classics during the creation of their latest release Between Times. The intro bares more than a passing resemblance to The Cure’s In Between Days. With a clear, whimsical vocal style, drifting guitar and shoe-gazey drums, this dreamy sound has been carefully produced by MJ, lead singer of the psychedelic Leeds based Hookworms.
Unlike most new bands who are happy to list countless musical influences, Blessa instead cite American poets Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery as their main inspirations. This is probably because singer Olivia Neller and guitarist Alex Burton met on an English Literature course at university.
Between Times is a well thought out track that beautifully showcases laid back rock n roll, which sounds almost if it was recorded in a dream.
Words by Hana Barten