The writing process for Blight began in early 2020, darkened by despair and disillusionment with a crumbling New York. Stay Inside returned to work with Jon Markson, this time unencumbered by divided sessions and a burgeoning sonic facelift.
The past finds ways to creep into the present, reopening wounds and knocking down once-closed doors. Brooklyn’s Stay Inside—drummer Vishnu Anantha, vocalist/guitarist Chris Johns, guitarist/vocalist Chris Lawless, and bassist/vocalist Bryn Nieboer—has grappled with the ways memories continue to mar and haunt the ability to move beyond pain. While Viewing processed this grief and turmoil through trials of self-understanding, Blight follows up on this journey by exclaiming that it can also lead to destruction, paranoia, and disintegration.
While not explicitly a concept record, it charts the shockwaves of suffering and decay that follow a person’s decision to chase reminders of past lives with self-destructive tendencies. The band created a composite from witnessing loved ones deteriorate and crafted a narrative that shows divorcing oneself from their past is a break from reality. There is a will to return to the surface and move on, but Stay Inside dares to ask: at what cost, and who really pays?