Song of the Day: Charly Bliss - Percolator

Song of the Day
04/27/2017
Anna Kaplan
photo by Jacqueline Harriet

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Percolator," by Charly Bliss, from their 2017 album, Guppy, on Barsuk Records.

Charly Bliss - Percolator (MP3)Charly Bliss - Eva Hendricks, Sam Hendricks, Spencer Fox, and Dan Shure - have a pretty tangled history. The band began when Eva and Spencer crossed paths at 15 at a Tokyo Police Club show, and from there they added her older brother Sam to the mix. Then reaching back to Spencer’s friend from summer camp and Eva’s ex-boyfriend, they added Dan on the bass. Charly Bliss’ inspirations include Veruca Salt and Sleater-Kinney: pretty obvious for a living 90’s throwback spewing bubblegum pop and power riffs in 2017.

Despite having been a band for the better half of the past decade, Charly Bliss released their first full length record, Guppy, less than a week ago. Nothing opens a track, and in this case their glossy debut album, quite like almost 30 seconds of screaming guitars. The first track on the record, “Percolator,” is loud and demanding, as the band’s dedication to 90’s pop shines through power riffs and shout-worthy lyrics. Eva Hendricks exclaims, “I’m gonna die in a getaway car/I would try but it sounds too hard!” as her sugary vocals veer from squeals to gentle coos in a vocal overthinking session of how annoying it can be to try to please everyone.

Charly Bliss will be headlining The Vera Project May 9th, where Dude York and Gobbinjr will be joining them. They’ll also be doing a performance in the KEXP studio on the following day at 9:30 AM, so be sure to keep up with their Facebook and Bandcamp for any more updates. Until then, check out the official video for “Percolator” below.

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