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New York’s indie rock revolution of the early 00s was not only a revival for the rock genre, it was asserting again that no matter who you are or what style of music you play you can apply a D.I.Y ethic and be true to yourself and your art.
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Brooklyn outfit Charly Bliss are an emerging indie band from the big apple who are living this ethos in 2019 and are growing a steady fanbase domestically and globally. At times they flirt with pop songwriting whilst bringing a healthy dose of punk rock to their sonic arsenal. The quartet will be releasing their second album Young Enough early next month and are part of this year’s Splendour in the Grass line-up that boasts all too many luminaries.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been so excited about anything that’s happened for us as a band than to come to Australia” Charly Bliss singer Eva Hendricks enthusiastically tells Hysteria, “that’s a massive statement but we get easily excitable. Coming to Australia has been a dream for us for so long, it feels so insane that it’s happening it’s hard to wrap our heads around it because we all feel the same way, it’s a huge dream for us.”
Charly Bliss’s debut Australian tour will be a chance for them to play some of the new songs from their upcoming Young Enough LP as well as the band’s 2017 debut album Guppy and for fans who will not be attending Splendour there is a chance to catch a bunch of their sideshows across the country: “We always try to bring as much enthusiasm as we can to our live shows and that’s especially true at a festival when people are watching up to ten bands in one day, we just try to bring as much excitement and as much energy as possible to our set.”
I think the new album definitely ventures more into pop music than the previous album which was more on the punk, indie and garage rock tip but I feel on Young Enough we wanted to make people dance and just wanted to write music that we were inspired by.
[ Eva Hendricks ]
So far their devotees have had the opportunity to digest singles Capacity and Chatroom, both songs inspire an upbeat feel good mood: “I think the new album definitely ventures more into pop music than the previous album which was more on the punk, indie and garage rock tip but I feel on Young Enough we wanted to make people dance and just wanted to write music that we were inspired by. There’s so much happening in pop music that’s exciting right now like Lorde and Lizzo and we just thought it was natural to push that music on this album.”
The album title Young Enough comes from the song of the same name and it’s the lyrical centrepiece as well as the direction of sound and mood of the album. It is the longest song they’ve written so far reaching over five minutes with much more space for experimentation, it contrasts the short full throttle songs from Guppy in a very poignant way: “the mood of the album centres around a difficult experience in my life dealing with an abusing relationship I was in and I think Young Enough is a song that tells the story of what it feels like to come out the other end of a situation like that as oppose to being in the thick of it and how it feels to gain this perspective on your life when you’ve been through something that feels really dark and sinister and how it can sometimes make you appreciate moments in your life that you would otherwise overlook.”
The single Chatroom also underscores the prevailing message, in this case telling us how Eva cut off a person from her life who was causing her pain and looks at the situation for what it is rather than blaming herself for it: “Considering that song has a dark back story I think of it as a celebratory and positive song rather than a song of despair, the mood of the music is of elation and joy.” The band’s new direction is proof that music can heal past traumas and great songs can bring new energy and optimism into people’s lives. It’s certainly how Charly Bliss as a band feel, not only for their new album but for the rest of the year with their upcoming dates in Australia which will certainly be an exuberant occasion for everybody.