Guitarist and lead singer of Blis. Aaron Gossett isn’t afraid to sing about the ups and downs of his personal life—even when it’s mostly downs.
The Atlanta, Georgia bandmates have been friends since high school. This past October they released their debut LP No One Loves You. The music easily transitions from slow and sensitive to fast and angry, with thoughtful lyrics drenched with emotion.
“A lot of it talks about the relationship that I have with the mother of my child and her and her family,” Gossett tells BTRtoday. “To sum it up, we just come from different backgrounds.”
Gossett’s girlfriend’s strict religious family weren’t happy to learn she was pregnant and that the father was a punk rock musician.
“It was just really hard, her parents didn’t respect me as the father,” Gossett says. “They put her in a scenario, like an ultimatum, ‘if you want to be able to survive this you’re going to have to lose him.’ She did that and I felt pretty abandoned—it was pretty tough and I was just trying to fight for my role in that child’s life.”
Gossett and his girlfriend now live together in their own home with their son, though the mother’s family is still somewhat estranged. Gossett blames all the hardships they had to go through to become a family on the tight holds faith and religion can have on a person.
“I never really got into it [religion] and then when I got older and read philosophies and heard other people’s beliefs I kind of realized how ridiculous it all is,” Gossett says. “There were points in our relationship where she, my girlfriend, would leave me and tell me she prayed about it, but for me that’s like telling me Santa Claus said that we can’t date anymore.”
This isn’t the first time that religion has played a prominent role in punk rock music. Songs like “Religious Vomit” by The Dead Kennedys or “Faith In God” by Bad Religion pop up all over the genre.
No One Loves You tells Gossett’s story of becoming a father and almost losing that opportunity because of religion. The song “Lost Boy” is an ode to his son, ending with the lyrics “I don’t want to lose my little boy to your God. No one loves you like I do. No God loves you like I do.”
Since becoming a father Gossett’s priorities have drastically changed. He explains that before his son, writing and playing music was solely for fun, with no real need to look into the future of it all. Now he wants to be able to succeed and have justification for all the hours he has spent away from his family.
The band begun its full U.S. tour last week and will be on the road until the end of the month.
“The music scene and the life of a musician are pretty counterintuitive to the life of a father,” he says. “This tour is going to be a hell of a lot.”
Hear the entire saga from Gossett himself on this week’s The Music Meetup—learn about the making of No One Loves You and listen to it in its entirety.