Bristol jank-pop/indie band Belishas have revealed their new single “The Crash” and is accompanying visuals.
Based on duality, the band tread a grey area between fragile melancholy and visceral lament. Since 2019 the group have morphed through many stages and interpretations of itself, landing upon a mixture of scratchy alt rock and modern left field influences. Over 2023 Belishas have gone through a series of stylistic renovations. This new artistic direction has resulted in a fresh manifesto regarding their approach to writing.
The Crash twists morbidly through exchanging thought processes, landing on the sudden realisation of loss, grief and the reluctant acceptance of change.
Finding influences scattered across the second half of the 20th century, Belishas sound has developed into an eclectic mix. Ranging from the sandpaper guitars of The Velvet Underground, through to the gloom of early Cure albums and into more contemporary examples such as Iceage and Cate Le Bon.
Vocalist Ewan Fergusons lyrics confront his own reality, documenting personal perceptions of everyday life based around various life changing scenarios.
Get the track here and watch/listen below.
Recently, Belishas opened the SWX Stage at Dot To Dot Bristol 2023 as well as supporting The Levellers at Bristol Sounds Festival.
Photo credit: Holly De Looze