charly bliss: guppy

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hi everyone this is my fav band in new york, like most bands in new york they recall the '90s but this is more specifically the belly/veruca salt axis if a little squeakier and more invariably bright

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_2UqssvaSc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGhFsNP_Rdk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-grIezjeaw

album out april 24

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 17:53 (seven years ago) link

<3

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 20:33 (seven years ago) link

as expected this thread will be authored by me and johnny fever, no features

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 21:28 (seven years ago) link

very catchy

this is what all bands in nyc sound like now?

flopson, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:27 (seven years ago) link

j/k tho i feel like there's not an insignificant amount of '90s throwback rock bands here or in philly

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:42 (seven years ago) link

these guys have a particular ear for hooks though imo and prioritize the pop as much if not slightly more than the power which sets them apart

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:47 (seven years ago) link

i've been waiting for a thread where i could casually drop the names of letters to cleo and eve's plum and not feel unwelcome.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:57 (seven years ago) link

also, they seem like they should be from boston, not new york.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 22:58 (seven years ago) link

I will admit and acknowledge that the throwbackness of Charly Bliss is what drew me to them initially, but Brad is right that they write exquisitely hooky songs that take the whole enterprise well above pastiche.

I've been trying to nail who exactly Eva's voice reminds me of. I'm still not there, but one day it will come to me.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 03:38 (seven years ago) link

kind of close vocally: paula kelley of the drop nineteens (speaking of boston):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaN1rMjH18E

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 04:46 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

is this album out yet?

flopson, Thursday, 2 March 2017 18:04 (seven years ago) link

sorry, reread OP

flopson, Thursday, 2 March 2017 18:04 (seven years ago) link

my god, this is the new best band ever

alpine static, Friday, 10 March 2017 18:45 (seven years ago) link

this is the closest 90s thing to charly bliss imo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glDFPjrolx0

flopson, Friday, 10 March 2017 19:02 (seven years ago) link

yes! that dog. was what immediately came to mind for me, too. charly singer is a bit squeakier than Anna Waronker, but yes.

alpine static, Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:57 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, BradNelson is OTM that they bring the hooks. Thanks for pointing this band out

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Thursday, 16 March 2017 04:12 (seven years ago) link

Charly Bliss are great. They've been around for awhile—"Love Me" was one of my favorite songs of 2014—I'm glad they're finally releasing an album (thankfully it's not loaded with old songs, like Bully's debut; "Ruby," "Percolator," and "Gatorade" are the only tracks already released). Does anyone else prefer the Audiotree Live version of "Percolator"? I love her yelp in the beginning.

Handsome Bookor, Thursday, 16 March 2017 16:20 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elL0ktbhhnM

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 April 2017 16:04 (seven years ago) link

Great song and love the video for it. "Black Hole" is "Bad Box" on their audiotree live performance for those interested.

Handsome Bookor, Friday, 7 April 2017 21:34 (seven years ago) link

this band seems great

ciderpress, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:21 (seven years ago) link

Guppy streaming now at NPR.

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/13/523437524/first-listen-charly-bliss-guppy

Handsome Bookor, Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:30 (seven years ago) link

omg

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 13 April 2017 13:31 (seven years ago) link

oh yeah this is precisely as good as i expected it to be

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:16 (seven years ago) link

yeah this totally rules, hooks for days

devvvine, Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:31 (seven years ago) link

mentioning belly made me very curious.

Nourry, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:09 (seven years ago) link

This is everything I wanted it to be <333

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 15 April 2017 02:16 (seven years ago) link

unsurprisingly I love this album, but it is way more like kay hanley than tanya donelly, both in sound and songwriting

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:00 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, there's nothing Belly-ish about this at all. I like it more than I ever liked Letter to Cleo, though.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:29 (seven years ago) link

I'm not sure why they re-recorded "Ruby." I mean, it's about 99% the same, but the tiny differences are throwing me off.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:33 (seven years ago) link

btw the answer to who her voice reminds you of is mz moxy, or at least it is for me

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:42 (seven years ago) link

This album is a miracle

And yeah I hear Letters to Cleo here more than anyone else, but they never made an album this consistently good

bunny slopes, Saturday, 15 April 2017 06:13 (seven years ago) link

"DQ" is so killer

Handsome Bookor, Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:06 (seven years ago) link

Of the songs posted itt, I quite like "Glitter." The rest are somewhere between "yeah, this is catchy" and "but did I really need another Letters to Cleo record?" Still, I'll check out the album. Hoping "Glitter" isn't the only track with synths on it.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:41 (seven years ago) link

it's not! did....did you not need another letters to cleo record?

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:36 (seven years ago) link

I liked LtC, but I haven't touched their 90s records in years.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:44 (seven years ago) link

I mean we just DID get another letters to cleo record also

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:59 (seven years ago) link

and that's not counting Weaponize or either of the Palmdale EPs

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:59 (seven years ago) link

yeah also that!

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Sunday, 16 April 2017 03:43 (seven years ago) link

Can't stop playing this album. Definitely my favorite of the year so far. Torn between "DQ" and "Glitter" as the best song on it.

Handsome Bookor, Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:17 (seven years ago) link

i really like the rerecording of "ruby" and generally how much synth they layered over this thing

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:24 (seven years ago) link

I came around to the new "Ruby"; took some getting used to. Was listening to the A Lot to Say and Soft Serve EPs today and realized just how much progress they've made with Guppy (really glad Eva takes lead vocals on all 10 tracks).

Also, she's quickly becoming one of my favorite lyricists. So funny, bizarre, and self-deprecative, but not in a classically emo tear-yourself-down kinda way. So many quotables on this record, but the opening lines of "DQ" are my favorite: "I laughed when your dog died/it's cruel, but it's true/take me back, kiss my soft side/does he love me most now that his dog is toast?"

Handsome Bookor, Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:57 (seven years ago) link

katherine this is great! http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/23085-guppy/

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 21 April 2017 11:51 (seven years ago) link

Doesn't sound like them particularly but something reminds me of The Blake Babies.

yugi ex, Friday, 21 April 2017 18:38 (seven years ago) link

I made a post in this thread yesterday giving Katherine a hi-five for namedropping Stretch Princess in 2017, but it disappeared. I can't let that acknowledgement go unappreciated though, so I'm posting it again.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 22 April 2017 12:46 (seven years ago) link

"jawbreaker soundtrack" could be swapped out for "she's all that soundtrack" or really just like any soundtrack between 1995-2005

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Sunday, 23 April 2017 19:11 (seven years ago) link

Love this album.

Matt DC, Sunday, 23 April 2017 21:22 (seven years ago) link

this is great, they totally get that the best of this stuff was about hard rock as much as it was about hooks

call all destroyer, Monday, 24 April 2017 14:59 (seven years ago) link

ennhhh, not especially

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Monday, 24 April 2017 18:01 (seven years ago) link

I want to like this so much. They kind of have "Erica band" written all over them and yet I find her voice so awful and grating that I can't listen to any of it beyound a couple seconds. :/

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 24 April 2017 20:27 (seven years ago) link

new ep! https://charlybliss.bandcamp.com/album/supermoon

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 14:33 (four years ago) link

lovely news! still going back to young enough pretty regularly

devvvine, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 14:34 (four years ago) link

and to drop it on a rare occasion i can listen at work, so thoughtful!

devvvine, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 14:35 (four years ago) link

fans of guppy who couldn't get down with the new lp: idk, seems like this is for you

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 14:38 (four years ago) link

how do they write so many good songs

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 14:38 (four years ago) link

was mid supermoon and came to post the same thing

devvvine, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 14:41 (four years ago) link

Niiiice!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:15 (four years ago) link

Holy shit @ "Threat." I'm constantly wrestling with whether or not I was that guy in my youth, and I don't think I was to that degree, but I feel this in my bones.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:33 (four years ago) link

This new E.P sounds somewhat like a bunch of Demos. Everything is quite basic, thin and...boring :(

nostormo, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 18:53 (four years ago) link

"heaven" giving me breeders vibes.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 19:21 (four years ago) link

these songs are all pretty good except for "supermoon"

ufo, Wednesday, 30 October 2019 20:29 (four years ago) link

ended their set tonight with a dancing on my own cover

devvvine, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 23:11 (four years ago) link

best band in the world

devvvine, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 23:11 (four years ago) link

ended their set tonight with a dancing on my own cover

― devvvine, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:11 PM (four hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

inject it into my veins

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:36 (four years ago) link

and yeah, the new EP is so-so but Supermoon and Heaven are great

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 7 November 2019 03:37 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

And when the sidewalk ripped up our frozen feet
I can't protect you now if I couldn't save you then
You were still just a kid
You're a beautiful boy
Crushing cigarettes just to prove a point

Indexed, Wednesday, 19 May 2021 15:00 (three years ago) link

Young Enough is such a great album.

o. nate, Wednesday, 19 May 2021 15:03 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

new music tomorrow, yippee skippee!

soup of magpies (geoffreyess), Wednesday, 21 June 2023 00:28 (one year ago) link

Great news. I saw them in April and they said the album was finished. The new material sounded really good.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 21 June 2023 01:46 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzoS0wt7D-U

it's quite a pop move, not bad but doesn't really play to their strengths either

ufo, Wednesday, 21 June 2023 06:40 (one year ago) link

Hard no

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 21 June 2023 11:37 (one year ago) link

feel like i've heard this song 50 times before, and that's just in ILX EOY singles polls

imago, Wednesday, 21 June 2023 11:59 (one year ago) link

don't think it's good enough to make the eoy poll really

ufo, Wednesday, 21 June 2023 12:30 (one year ago) link

you just wait lol

i'm talking about its slightly-superior forebears mind

imago, Wednesday, 21 June 2023 12:33 (one year ago) link

Hmm yeah, I don't think they played this one when I saw them. It's not great. The other songs sounded so much better, especially the emo ballad.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 21 June 2023 14:12 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

jfc why are they so terrible now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBuM5eyjXtg

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 26 October 2023 15:17 (eight months ago) link

Yeah I don't like the way they've gone with these post- Young Enough tracks. To me that one was the perfect middle ground between a glossy slick sound and 4 people just playing in a room. The sonic whiz-bang cluttered production style is not doing them any favors.

o. nate, Thursday, 26 October 2023 22:32 (eight months ago) link

six months pass...

bliss is back, album in august. single is not doing much for me...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o01RqjMBS7I

devvvine, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 14:12 (two months ago) link

The relief I felt when I saw those two singles from last year didn't make the album!

kitchen person, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 14:15 (two months ago) link

would say this is better... it ain't percolator though

devvvine, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 14:19 (two months ago) link

Song doesn't really go anywhere, but yeah at least it's not that quasi-hyper-pop vibe (although the production suggests that could still be in the mix). Oh well. I really like the second album, maybe that's all the Charly Bliss I need.

it's been so long that it kinda felt like they'd already released a disappointing third album i'd forgotten about

ufo, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 14:48 (two months ago) link

The worst creative crash and burn I've seen a band willingly engage in since Bloc Party.

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 14:56 (two months ago) link

It was a fun day when I noticed Brad is thanked in the liner notes for Guppy

ን (nabisco), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 15:07 (two months ago) link

i've gotten to live a few of my dreams and that was one of them

ivy., Wednesday, 1 May 2024 15:30 (two months ago) link

can't blame a band for trying new things, pushing themselves, expanding their sound, evolving, etc. — it's their band to run, after all, not mine — but sometimes the best move would be to just make the first album over and over again.

alpine static, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 19:56 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqqS7G6onhE

this one's decent

ufo, Thursday, 30 May 2024 21:03 (one month ago) link

I really like that. Maybe there's hope for the album after all.

kitchen person, Friday, 31 May 2024 00:10 (one month ago) link

it's the first track to really make the case for them as as Pop band

ufo, Friday, 31 May 2024 00:20 (one month ago) link

Nope

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Friday, 31 May 2024 02:59 (one month ago) link

Would be a great song at maybe 20% faster tempo.

o. nate, Friday, 31 May 2024 17:07 (one month ago) link

these both had to grow on me but it was very nice to even belatedly realize that “nineteen” is a fucking amazing song

ivy., Saturday, 1 June 2024 19:31 (one month ago) link

Yeah nineteen is great idk why everyone is moaning itt

a hoy hoy, Saturday, 1 June 2024 19:38 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-07cof4iIQ

ivy., Tuesday, 9 July 2024 14:02 (three days ago) link

pretty good!

ufo, Tuesday, 9 July 2024 14:35 (three days ago) link

they're clearly not going to repeat the debut and maybe that's ok?

ufo, Tuesday, 9 July 2024 14:40 (three days ago) link

i keep going back to "nineteen"... staggering

but i really like the new one too... reminds me of shiny late-'90s corporate alt rock

ivy., Tuesday, 9 July 2024 14:42 (three days ago) link

my scientific analysis

Guppy: Seasons 1-8 (Classic)
Good Enough: Season 9-17 (Still Damn Good)
since: Modern Simpsons (never will be want i want them to be again, but still comforting)

works for a lot of artists

francisF, Tuesday, 9 July 2024 14:46 (three days ago) link

Young Enough* (but also good enough)

francisF, Tuesday, 9 July 2024 14:46 (three days ago) link

That checks out. I haven't watched new Simpsons seasons since the Guppy period.

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 02:57 (two days ago) link


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