Local band takes it to the next level? Check. Sophomore record displaying maturity and a big step forward? Check, check. Coming back home in the middle of a worldwide tour? Check, check, check!!!
If you want the feel good New York band of the year, look no further than Charly Bliss. Even though they had been opening for some well known bands like Sleater-Kinney, Veruca Salt, and others, they wouldn’t experience significant exposure until after the release of their first LP Guppy and subsequent tour in 2018. Now, with the release of their latest record Young Enough, they’re ready to take the next leap forward. As with their previous work, the new songs evidence the angst that young people go through but with a bit of self-deprecation, pop style and Eva’s squeaky voice that make those dark lyrics seem almost happy! On July 12th, Charly Bliss hit Bowery Ballroom full force.
Local favorite, Emily Reo, opened the show with her brand of electronic pop. Her lyrics are brutally honest and definitely reflect our times. It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 yrs since her debut record and equally hard to believe she’s not bigger. Emily’s set was well received by the capacity crowd and seemed way too short.
The hometown show for Charly Bliss felt like exactly that.With family and friends present, the band blasted off with the high energy that we’ve come to expect from them, opening with “Blown to Bits” from their latest record. You could feel the emotion of their homecoming, especially evident in the face of singer/guitarist Eva Hendricks. Dressed in what looked like a bright pink tutu or prom dress, she was practically in tears afterseeing and hearing the roar of approval from the crowd in the sold-out Bowery Ballroom. With their fans singing along, Charly Bliss played some old favorites as well as all the songs off their new record.
Having attended many of their shows, you could tell they had evolved even from last year. Visuals were well done and their performance was tighter than I’d previously experienced. It was definitely a joyous occasion and I was glad I was there to see it. They now head to Australia to continue their world tour and will be back in New York to headline Webster Hall on Nov 13th.
Article: Howard Shiau