New York band Charly Bliss have been taking the world by storm with their unique brand of indie rock.
Formed in 2011, it took a few false starts for the band to find their groove. In 2017 they released their debut album Guppy, which garnered outstanding reviews from critics and fans alike. Two years on, the band has returned with sophomore album Young Enough, a record that defiantly moves towards a more pop-oriented sound. Georgia had a chat to the four-piece just after their set at this year’s Splendour in the Grass.
First, let’s talk about the set you just played. How was it? What did you think?
Eva: It's super fun. You know, it's like, it's always really funny. We're on a new continent for the first time, you know? We had like the best time. This was really special. I mean, I think we all just keep looking around and being like, how the fuck are we here? We’re just blown away by this awesome experience.
That’s so good. I saw you guys performed in Melbourne the other day. How did that compare to this?
Sam: Amazing! There was a crazy energy. It’s super different. I mean, to just see people really sing along with the words, dancing and rocking out. Both sets have been mind-blowing. The fact that people know about us here, it’s a really special feeling. It helps us to perform, to be honest.
Yeah, the set you guys just played, I loved it. It was very good.
Spencer: Thank you so much!
Eva, I noticed your dress was amazing. How did that come together?
Eva: Thank you! It’s special ordered, it’s from a designer who is based in Melbourne. It’s by Rachel Burke, she makes crazy creations. I like to feel like a gigantic superhero on the stage. I don’t necessarily want to feel pretty or anything. I just want to feel larger than life; that makes me feel really, really good.
Usually I work with a designer names Kelsey Randall, who is based out of New York, and we make all of our stuff together. But since we’re in Australia, I thought I’d wear an Australian designer.
It was amazing to photograph as well. All the photographers were like ‘that was great!’.
Eva: It made it really easy [laughs].
I also wanted to talk about the album you guys released this year. I read in Rolling Stone that Young Enough came together after a LCD Soundsystem show.
Did you guys have any other influences on the album? What were you thinking?
Sam: Yeah, LCD was a massive influence on this record, lyrically and otherwise. Especially for the song ‘Young Enough’. But we did a lot of writing for the record. We did two tours with Wolf Parade, and there was kind of a weird two-month gap between the tours, and we did a lot of writing during that period.
I remember seeing Wolf Parade every night, and especially their song ‘I’ll Believe In Anything’, it has such a weight to it. It’s similar to songs like ‘All My Friends’ by LCD Soundsystem. I just remember watching and being like “I want to write a song like that.” I wanted to write a song that just feels like this crazy, nostalgic energy and has this big weight to it in the set. So Wolf Parade were a huge inspiration as well.