Back in late 2019 Taylor Hollingsworth, Wes McDonald, Will Stewart, Eric Wallace, and Chris McCauley collided in Birmingham, Alabama’s Ol’ Elegante recording studio, and wrote an album in three sessions. The band’s self-titled debut, The Blips, struck lightning when Little Steven’s Underground Garage declared “Inside Out” The Coolest Song In The World in the spring of 2021.
The Blips are back with more boogie, beast and beauty in their upcoming release, Again. Set to drop November 17th via Cornelius Chapel Records, the band swaggers like The Stones, haggard like Merle, and snot like Mike Ness. Again carries you on a not-too-long trip through a varied landscape of far-out, well-made, and dusty rock songs that stick to your black boots and go with you when you go.
Today The Blips have dropped the single “Who Took My Baby Away.” Stewart says of the track, “This tune centers around the story of a couple being torn apart due to a spiraling obsession over a political conspiracy theory. It’s generally a light-hearted send-up of that whole culture though. Musically, I wanted to strike that power-pop thing we’ve veered towards. It’s a really fun one to play live.”
While there are four different lead singers and writers throughout this album, it is apparent Again is executed by a band, rather than disparate musicians playing along on a track in a cold studio. A band that sweats.
The Blips haven’t “grown” or “matured” with their “sophomore effort” —These ideas don’t apply to the Blips. The band is wholly made up of veteran frontmen of some of the most revered bands of the Birmingham rock scene. Making records is what all of these guys do on the regular. Once upon a time, The Blips came together, rose above, braved the elements, forced the issue, carried the weight, and dealt with the demons that require the making of a record. And now they have done it . . . Again.