If it's true that listening to just the right record at just the right moment can psychically transport you to some other time and place, then Charly Bliss – an NYC band responsible for having crafted some of the finest guitar-crunched power pop this side of an old Weezer record with a blue cover – can pretty much turn any space into an adult-friendly version of your old teenage bedroom, a candy-scented safe space for extreme fits of happiness and angsty teen-level explosions of romantic ennui.
The ten tracks that make up Guppy, Charly Bliss' sparking full-length debut, show the band embracing all of their strengths – a combination of ripping guitars and irrepressible pop hooks, all delivered with the hyper-enthusiasm of a middle school cafeteria food fight. That every track is loaded front-to-back with sing/shout-worthy lyrics and earworm melodies is a testament to the band's commitment to the art form of pop songwriting. Guppy is a record that doesn't so much seek to reinvent the pop wheel so much as gleefully refine it.
"People forget sometimes that expressing joy is just as important as examining despair," says Dan Shure, bassist for Charly Bliss. "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."