Charly Bliss share new track “Glitter”

Charly Bliss share new track "Glitter"
Photo by Shervin Lainez

New York City’s Charly Bliss have shared “Glitter”, the lead single from their forthcoming debut album, Guppy. Guppy is available for pre-order now and set for release on April 21 through Barsuk Records.

The band have also announced a spring tour that includes a stop at SXSW and dates with Operators. All dates below.

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 Veruca Salt.

“Pop music can actually be very subversive,” says Hendricks. “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.”

“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.”

3/11 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
3/15-3/18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/29 – Kingston, ON @ The Grad Club *
3/30 – Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox *
3/31 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
4/1 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
4/3 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
4/4 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC *
4/5 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
4/6 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar *
4/7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café *
4/8 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups *
4/26 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
4/27 – Raleigh, NC @ Neptune’s Parlor
4/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/29 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
4/30 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/1 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
5/2 – Denver, CO @ High Dive
5/4 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
5/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
5/7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop
5/8 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
5/9 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
5/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/13 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
5/14 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s
5/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
5/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
6/15 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
6/16 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine

* with Operators