PREMIERE: JOURNEY THROUGH THE EMOTIONAL STRUGGLE TO SAVE A CHILD FROM CONSERVATIVE PARENTS IN EMO BAND BLIS.’S “LOST BOY”
Atlanta, Georgia band Blis. is not only changing up the emo genre by putting out some of the best music of the scene, they are also a powerful testament to the genre’s diversity. Aaron Gossett, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, is Black, an identity extremely underrepresented in emo, and his experiences as a Black man are central to Blis.’s latest single, “Lost Boy.
“‘Lost Boy’ is about a time where my son’s mother was pregnant with [my son] Atticus. We were living together when we found out we were going to be parents and she pretty abruptly left me because she was afraid of what her parents would think about the whole situation,” Gossett explained. “Her parents are very religious. Her father is a pastor and owns a church, and her mother runs a Christian school. I’m not religious. For a long time she hid our relationship from her parents because she was afraid they would disown her if they found out she was dating a black guy, much less an atheist.”
The emotional centerpiece of their latest album, “Lost Boy” narrates the years of Gossett struggling to keep a relationship with his son amidst these tensions. Proclaiming, “I don’t want to lose my little boy to your god,” the singer’s incredible vulnerability along with the rousing production will stir your soul.
“The song is about the fear of being taken out of my sons life because of my beliefs,” Gossett says.