34Bliss
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34Bliss

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Detroit, Michigan, United States
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"TMG Radio Staff Picks of 2011 - Music Videos"

34Bliss "Learn To Fly" - Tate Music Group


"The Top 100 Unsigned Bands of 2011"

34Bliss - Music Connection Magazine


"Music to Uplift Depressed Teens"

ROCHESTER, Mi (My TV 20 News at Ten) ---Rock bands from across Michigan will perform tomorrow night at the Emerald Theatre in Mt. Clemens to raise funds and awareness to help prevent teen suicide.
34 Bliss is among the bands that hope to raise funds to help millions of teens that suffer from depression which in many cases leads to suicide.
Our Jorge Avellan talked to the band as well as a woman whose brother recently committed suicide and has decided to help raise funds tomorrow.
Jorge will have their story tonight on My TV 20 News at Ten. - My TV20 Detroit


"34 Bliss"

“34 Bliss! 34 Bliss! 34 Bliss!” the crowd chanted, charged with anticipation. As the band took the stage, fans erupted with cheers and applause and local favorites 34 Bliss opened their eight song set with a wildly intense original called “Scream 2.” The pure raw energy of this talented young band, combined with their natural and commanding stage presence and the hypnotic vocals of lead singer Rocquel, had the crowd on their feet non-stop for the next forty-five minutes. They delivered an inspired, hard-rocking performance that often had me wondering if I wasn’t watching a road-seasoned band playing for thousands of their die-hard fans.
The Emerald Theater in Mount Clemens hosted a free showcase of Michigan rock and roll talent Saturday, Dec. 17. Sponsored by Metro 37 Recording Studios of Rochester Hills, Detroit rock radio station WRIF, and with support from record label Tate Music Group, 34 Bliss celebrated the official release of their debut self-titled CD with other Michigan bands Discrete Heat, Switchline, No Quarter, Through Your Eyes and Citizen Zero, and headliners Pop Evil, a band from Grand Rapids that is enjoying national success.
The show was a strong testament to the fact that Michigan’s long musical legacy is alive and well in many up and coming bands from around the state. I had the opportunity to talk with the members of 34 Bliss before the show and find out just where they get their talent and inspiration.
The current line-up has been practicing and performing together for three years, although several members have known each other much longer and have shared the stage with each other before 34 Bliss.
Lead singer Rocquel, of Metamora, has been singing since she was six years old and began vocal training in seventh grade, spending several years studying opera. But with personal hero Aretha Franklin and influences from Stevie Nicks to Kid Rock, it’s no surprise that she soon lent her considerable talent and range to the rock and roll music that she loves. She gained experience through several sessions of Lapeer’s Riverstreet Music & Café’s School of Rock, and is planning to begin giving lessons through her own “Rocky’s Vocal Academy” this spring. On stage, Rocquel is a powerful, riveting frontwoman and focal point of 34 Bliss’s performance.
Jonny Guitar on lead guitar brings his influences from 80’s rock like Eddie Van Halen, Mick Mars (Motley Crue) and George Lynch (Dokken). He says he became interested in music at a young age and “began listening to old Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, and Alice Cooper before he even knew who they were.” After hearing Van Halen’s “Eruption,” for the first time, he knew that was what he wanted to do. Equally proficient with furious shredding and emotive melody, his leads often sound like a second voice intertwined with Rocquels vocals. He has also been busy building custom guitars with his dad.
Also on guitar, Phil Blunt adds his own blend of punk and grunge influenced rhythms. With his distinctive ‘fro and retro stage attire he looks like a throwback to the psychedelic bands of the 60’s, but his aggressive sound is all rock and roll. On stage he’s a fireball, never in one place for very long, and often with both feet off the ground. He cites Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) as influences and says his approach to the band’s music is carefree fun and high energy.
Palmer Krehel is the foundation of the band’s rhythm section on drums. The youngest member of 34 Bliss at 15, Palmer has been anchoring bands for years. Like Rocquel, he’s also an alumnus of the Riverstreet Music Café’s School of Rock as well as the Lapeer-based Young Musician’s Community’s “Third Degree Burns” project, a non-profit organization that teaches kids the ins-and-outs of playing in a rock and roll band for free and performs at several mid-Michigan events throughout the year. Palmer lists Neil Peart (Rush) and Travi - The Blue Water Traveler


Discography

34Bliss released their self titled, full length CD in early 2012 following their 5 song EP. 34Bliss is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other music downloading websites.

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34Bliss hit Mt Clemens and Detriot’s east side music scene in April of 2010, after refining its members and hours of hard work, they have created their own alternative sound. Vocalist Rocqeul is a young heart with an old soul; her blues influences and operatic training have given her a voice that is breathtaking. Band members: Johnny Guitar, Philly Blunt, Spider, and Palmer Krehel bring a diverse bundle of influences creating an eclectic blend spanning decades of Rock n Roll.