CHARLY BLISS RELEASE “SCARE U” VIDEO ON TOUR NOW WITH WOLF PARADE DEBUT ALBUM, GUPPY, OUT NOW VIA BARSUK RECORDS
Today, NYC’s Charly Bliss have unveiled a special Friday the 13th treat, a music video for “Scare U.” W Magazine, who premiered the video today and interviewed the band, are saying it’s “perfectly campy.” The band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Guppy, is available now via Barsuk Records.
The band is also excited to announce that their debut EP Soft Serve will be reissued on vinyl and released on November 17th via Barsuk Records. The Soft Serve 7-inch will be pressed on colored white vinyl with streaks of color, or vanilla with sprinkles as they prefer to describe it, limited to 1,000 copies worldwide and hand-numbered. You can pre-order it now through Barsuk.
Additionally, Charly Bliss are releasing a comic book featuring interpretations of each of the songs on Guppy, with contributions from Michael Deforge, Sadie Dupuis, Tuesday Bassen, and more, titled Guppy, Issue One. The limited edition comic book, which is available for pre-order now and due out in late October, comes with an accompanying hand numbered flexi-disc that features 2 previously unreleased songs: “Golden Age” and “Special.”
Charly Bliss are currently on tour with Wolf Parade. Their magnetic live show is not to be missed. All dates below.
Charly Bliss’ debut album, Guppy, got “Best Albums Of The Year So Far” accolades from Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, Stereogum, SPIN, The AV Club, Consequence of Sound, UPROXX,FLOOD and Bandcamp.
WATCH THE “SCARE U” VIDEO
10/13 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^
10/14 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G ^
10/15 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ^
10/16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ^
10/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
10/20 – Boston, MA @ Royale ^
10/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^
10/22 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^
10/24 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall ^
10/25 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
10/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall ^
10/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue ^
12/1 – Northhampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
12/2 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
12/9 – Toronto, ON @ The Rec Room
1/12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom ^
1/13 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox ^
1/14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom ^
1/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore ^
1/17 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre Taube Family ^
1/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre ^
1/21 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory ^
1/23 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park ^
1/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren ^
1/26 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk ^
1/27 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall ^
1/28 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues ^
^ with Wolf Parade
PRAISE FOR GUPPY:
“The New York band breathes life into the poppier side of ’90s indie rock, and their debut is both wry and sincere in its expression of the endless crap conveyor belt that is life and love as a girl.” –Pitchfork
“A record for the ages… Charly Bliss’ debut is ebullient, addictive, and an instant classic.” –The AV Club
“An album of vulnerability and blunt honesty… Feels familiar even on first listen; you might find yourself singing along by the second chorus, as if this band’s been soundtracking your adolescence all along.” –NPR
“An impressive debut… the New Yorkers freshen up their nostalgia with whip-smart lyricism and unimpeachable hooks.” –Entertainment Weekly
“There’s no filler here, just 10 ramshackle pop songs – rough around the edges but so well constructed that they stick in your brain like fresh bubblegum.” –The Ringer
“Their songs can be thoughtful, and they can be cathartic, but they’re always driven by a sense of fun, by giddy hooks and forward propulsion. They write great choruses and even better bridges.” –Stereogum
“Irresistible, combustible, sleek, and sparkling… one of my favorite records of the year.” –Bandcamp
ABOUT CHARLY BLISS:
If it’s true that listening to just the right record at just the right moment can psychically transport you to some other time and place, then Charly Bliss-an NYC band responsible for having crafted some of the finest guitar-crunched power pop this side of an old Weezer record with a blue cover-can pretty much turn any space into an adult-friendly version of your old teenage bedroom, a candy-scented safe space for extreme fits of happiness and angsty teen-level explosions of romantic ennui.
Though Charly Bliss has been a band for over half a decade, the path that led to their first full-length record, Guppy, has been anything but straightforward. As the story goes, the band officially started when frontwoman Eva Hendricks and guitarist Spencer Fox, both just 15, crossed paths at a Tokyo Police Club show in New York City, but the ties within the band go much deeper than that. “It’s kind of insane and hilarious,” says Eva, “Sam is my older brother, so obviously we’ve known each other our whole lives, but all of us have been connected to each other since we were little kids. Dan Shure and I dated when we were in our early teens and he and Spencer went to summer camp together. Dan and I broke up years ago, but eventually he’d become our bass player. The reason we all get along so well has to do with the fact we share this ridiculous history. We are all deeply embedded in each other’s lives.”
After spending years playing shows in and around New York City, the band eventually released an EP (2014’s Soft Serve) and scored opening gigs for the likes of Glass Animals, Darwin Deez, Tokyo Police Club, Sleater-Kinney, as well as a touring spot for their own musical forebears, Veruca Salt. Even though the band had amassed a sizable fanbase and a reputation as a truly formidable live act, the goal of making a full-length record proved to be a fraught series of false-starts. Given their propensity for making hooky, ebullient pop songs, the band often felt out of step with what was happening around them in Brooklyn. (“We weren’t weird in the right ways,” says Sam). They eventually set about recording an album on their own-and then recording it twice-before figuring out what had been staring them in the face the entire time. “We basically had to come to terms with the fact that we are, at heart, a pop band,” recalls Spencer. “Before, it was always trying to decide which of the songs would be more ‘rock’ and which would be more poppy, but we eventually realized we needed to meet in the middle, we had to create an ecosystem where our loud, messy rock sounds could co-exist with these super catchy melodies and pop hooks. It was really about realizing what we’re best at as a band.”
The ten tracks that make up Guppy, Charly Bliss’ sparkling full-length debut, show the band embracing all of their strengths-a combination of ripping guitars and irrepressible pop hooks, all delivered with the hyper-enthusiasm of a middle school cafeteria food fight. That every track is loaded front-to-back with sing/shout-worthy lyrics and earworm melodies is a testament to the band’s commitment to the art form of pop songwriting. Opening track “Percolator” sets the tone-all power riffs and yo-yo-ing melodies playing against Hendricks’ acrobatic vocals, which veer from gentle coo to an emphatic squeal.
I’m gonna die in the getaway car! I would try but it sounds too hard!
It’s a vibe that carries throughout Guppy, a record that shares an undeniable kinship with 90’s alt-rockers like Letters to Cleo and That Dog-bands that balanced melodicism, sugary vocals, and overdriven guitar turned up to 11. It’s an aesthetic that Charly Bliss both embraces and improves upon in tracks like “Ruby” (“We actually wrote the guitar solo by sitting in a circle and passing the guitar around, each of us adding our own notes,” says Fox) and “Glitter”, the record’s first single. “I wanted to make a song about being romantically involved with someone who makes you kind of hate yourself because they are so much like you,” says Hendricks, “A fun song about complicated self-loathing that you could also dance around your bedroom to-that kind of sums us up as a band, actually.”
“Pop music can actually be very subversive,” she continues. “The lyrics that I’m most proud of on the record are me existing both in and out of this overgrown teenybopper feeling-feeling like everything I was going through was the most extreme thing that had ever happened to anyone ever. The songs are often about being totally in the throes of this stuff, but also being able to step out of it and make fun of myself. It’s possible to write songs that really get at all of these dark feelings while also just being really fun to sing and dance to. You can be serious and also sing about peeing while jumping on a trampoline.”
Guppy is a record that doesn’t so much seek to reinvent the pop wheel so much as gleefully refine it. “People forget sometimes that expressing joy is just as important as examining despair,” says Shure. “People need joy, especially right now. We’re all about writing tight pop songs, but also giving people this super enthusiastic release. These songs are kind of the sound of expressing something that you can’t really contain. These are songs you play really loudly when you need to freak out.”
CHARLY BLISS GUPPY BARSUK RECORDS APRIL 21, 2017
- Black Hole
- Scare U
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