10 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the more prevalent trends in '10s indie rock is the resurgence of stuff that sounds like it came out in the ‘90s. Into this fray steps Charly Bliss, a playful fuzz-pop band whose first full-length nails the balance between tough and tender, smart and achingly bittersweet. “I cry all the time,” Eva Hendricks sings on the album-opening “Percolator,” her voice cracking like a lost Deal sister. “I think it’s cool I’m in touch with my feelings.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the more prevalent trends in '10s indie rock is the resurgence of stuff that sounds like it came out in the ‘90s. Into this fray steps Charly Bliss, a playful fuzz-pop band whose first full-length nails the balance between tough and tender, smart and achingly bittersweet. “I cry all the time,” Eva Hendricks sings on the album-opening “Percolator,” her voice cracking like a lost Deal sister. “I think it’s cool I’m in touch with my feelings.”

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About Charly Bliss

Based in New York City, Charly Bliss is an indie rock outfit indebted to the gritty power pop of '90s bands like Weezer and, more on point, Veruca Salt. They're led by notably perky-voiced singer and guitarist Eva Hendricks, who formed the group in Westport, Connecticut after meeting guitarist Spencer Fox at an indie rock concert before the two were old enough drive. They started playing covers together with bassist Dan Shure, a former boyfriend of Hendricks' and childhood acquaintance of Fox, and Eva's brother Sam Hendricks on drums. After performing around the New York area while Eva was enrolled at NYU, they released their first EP, A Lot to Say, in 2013. Soft Serve followed in 2014 on Father/Daughter Records. Earning a reputation early on as a live band, Charly Bliss was soon opening shows for none other than Veruca Salt, as well as Sleater-Kinney, Tokyo Police Club, and Glass Animals, among others. After some false starts in the recording studio while they struggled to find the right balance of their grungy rock and tendency toward bright pop hooks, they finally decided the two could co-exist and emerged with their full-length debut, Guppy, in the spring of 2017 on Barsuk Records. ~ Marcy Donelson

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