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Mess is that rare band that only comes around every few years. That band that shifts some things around in you a little bit and changes you some. That makes you learn a little more about yourself and helps you remember why you love music. There’s a seriousness to the Kansas City-based band that’s stoic and brave and wiser than the band member’s combined years, showing through in the well crafted lyrics, fine-tuned instrumentation, and impeccable recording quality. You’d never realize this track comes from the band’s first collection of songs.
“Bloodlines” throws intricate instrumentation that swerves in and out of each band member together with front woman Allison Gliesman’s commanding but gentle vocals. The story told within the song is that of growth and changes within a singular life and the lives around you. It’s about the perspective of time and the changes it creates. “Bloodlines is navigating this sort of coming of age story that every person goes through in some capacity,” Allison says of the song. “It focuses on the growing pains of realizing that you are the product of circumstance and ancestry, but above all of that, you are your own person.”
“Bloodlines” is the first studio single the band has released. The track clocks in at a surprising four minutes since it feels like a blink of an eye due to the level of focus the song demands. It’s not a song that belongs in the background of a busy life; it’s a grand example of why you should pay attention to the fine details of songs and why you should play a song over and over and over again (I’m on listen number 6 as of writing this sentence). With Mess also teasing an announcement this Friday (7.14.17), we’re impatient to see what else the future holds for the band. Until then, we’ll just put “Bloodlines” on repeat and cry/smile a little longer.