Charly Bliss

Margin Walker Presents

Charly Bliss

Skating Polly

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$11 Advance // $14 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Charly Bliss
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 fulllength
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 hyperenthusiasm
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.”
Skating Polly
Skating Polly
Skating Polly, a sister duo from Oklahoma made up of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, formed in 2009 after a jam session at the girls’ Halloween party. After recording their debut album Taking Over the World in their living room. Their sophomore album, Lost Wonderfuls, (produced by Exene Cervenka of X and mixed by Kliph Scurlock of The Flaming Lips) was released in April, 2013. Their third album, Fuzz Steilacoom, released March of 2014 was tracked by Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening at Dub Narcotic Studio.
Venue Information:
Three Links
2704 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226