Tuesday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 East Third Street, Davenport IA
Playing in support of the band's studio-album debut Guppy, a release lauded by NPR for its “razor-sharp one-liners” and “impossibly catchy hooks,” the New York-based power-pop quartet Charly Bliss performs locally in a May 15 Moeller Nights concert, demonstrating why Pitchfork.com deemed the ensemble's first album “both wry and sincere in its expression of the endless crap-conveyor belt that is life and love as a girl.”
Based in New York City, Charly Bliss plays indie rock indebted to the grungy pop of '90s bands such as Weezer and Veruca Salt, the latter a group they've subsequently opened for. Singer/guitarist Eva Hendricks formed the group in Westport, Connecticut, after meeting guitarist Spencer Fox at an alt-rock concert the pair attended while still in their teens. They started playing covers together, eventually recruiting bassist Dan Shure – a former boyfriend of Hendricks and a childhood acquaintance of Fox – and Eva's brother Sam Hendricks on drums, and after performing around the New York area while Eva was enrolled at NYU, the quartet released its first, six-song EP A Lot to Say in 2013. Another EP, Soft Serve, followed in 2014 on Father/Daughter Records, and as the musicians began earning a reputation as an exhilarating live band, Charly Bliss was soon opening shows for such acts as Sleater-Kinney, Tokyo Police Club, and Glass Animals.
After some false starts in the recording studio while they struggled to find the right balance of grungy rock and their tendency toward bright pop hooks, the artists finally found a way for the two to coexist on Charly Bliss' full-length debut Guppy – a point agreed on by music critics nationwide. According to ConsequenceOfSound.net, Charly Bliss “successfully translate their viral on-stage energy to record” with hooks that “cling to the ears like flypaper.” And calling Eva's voice “a wild, one-of-a-kind instrument,” The Ringer wrote that “not every band can capture the energy of its show on a record – the fact that they've done it the first time around on Guppy makes it extra special.”
Charly Bliss plays its May 15 Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel set with an opener by Skating Polly, admission to the 7 p.m. concert is $12-15, and more information and tickets are available by visiting MoellerNights.com.