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Charly Bliss kick back against the perverted with "Turd"

10 November 2016, 20:50 | Written by Jessica Goodman

Charly Bliss have released a brand new track - and it's the unloading of pent-up anger you've been waiting for.

If you've not encountered the New York outfit before now, then god damn are you in for a treat. Simply put, Charly Bliss are the kind of band the repeat button was invented for.

Following the US election on Tuesday, the group have shared a brand new track online. "Turd" is a storm of distorted guitars and sugar sweet hooks, Eva Grace Hendricks' vocals crying out amidst scuzzed-up riffs and luscious harmonies, giving way into an anthemic breakdown that propels the band to stadium-sized heights. It's as contagious as it is outraged, lashing back against the perverted with an astounding strength.

"I wrote this song a year ago after I was catcalled repeatedly on my walk home from a guitar lesson," Hendricks describes of the track. "I left the lesson feeling so huge and high and proud of myself, and I could feel that confidence diminish with every comment from passing strangers. When I was almost home, a man grabbed my shoulder and said, 'I don’t know who you are but you have to come home with me, I need to be with you.' I tried to say no and brush past him, but he followed me the remaining blocks to my door, begging me, and yelling at me to talk to him. When I finally convinced him that I wasn’t interested, he screamed 'CUNT' and spat at my feet."

"Sadly, this isn’t shocking," she continues. "Stuff like this happens to me all the time, it happens to my friends all the time. I don’t know one woman who hasn’t experienced being touched, licked, kissed, etc. without consent. When we are on tour I ask Spencer [Fox, guitar] to wait for me outside the bathroom door because I have had so many terrifying experiences with gas station attendants, especially in states where bumper stickers that say things like 'girls are like guns, keep them around enough, you’re going to want to shoot them' are commonplace. I am a white woman from an extremely privileged community, and this is my daily reality. I shudder to think of how much worse that daily reality is for my POC friends, my queer friends, my muslim friends, and my trans friends."

"We have just elected a President who believes that this type of behavior from men is totally acceptable," she adds. "A scary demogorgon who perpetuates this type of behavior himself! I wrote this song to make me feel like I had some power in a situation where I felt totally powerless, and we’re releasing it for the same reason. If you are able to buy this song on Bandcamp, all of the proceeds are going to Planned Parenthood. We stand with love and we believe in a future free from bigotry and fear."

"Turd" can be downloaded from Charly Bliss' bandcamp, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.
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