Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Though Charly Bliss has been around for the better part of a decade, the Brooklyn-based quartet is only now releasing its debut album. Titled Guppy, the record is filled with guitar-led power pop songs in the vein of 90s alt rock bands like Weezer and Veruca Salt. For the majority of its existence, Charly Bliss has made its name as a live band, opening for artists like Glass Animals, Darwin Deez, Tokyo Police Club, Sleater-Kinney, and the band’s own musical forebears, Veruca Salt.In 2014 the group released a three-song EP and eventually began to record a full-length album. After two false-starts, its members realized the core problem. “We basically had to come to terms with the fact that we are, at heart, a pop band,” explains the band’s Spencer Fox. “We had to create an ecosystem where our loud, messy rock sounds could co-exist with these super catchy melodies and pop hooks.”The excellent Guppy is the result of Charly Bliss learning how to let both of those impulses thrive. Opening track “Percolator” establishes the record’s character right from the get-go. With its chugging guitar, infectious chorus, and Eva Hendricks’ energetic, melodic vocals, the song is a mission statement for the album.Lead single “Glitter” leans more on the band’s power pop side as vocalist Eva Hendricks gives a saccharine note to the lyrics. Hendricks describes the track as “A fun song about complicated self-loathing that you could also dance around your bedroom to—that kind of sums us up as a band, actually.” Explaining further, Hendricks adds, “It’s possible to write songs that really get at all of these dark feelings while also just being really fun to sing and dance to. You can be serious and also sing about peeing while jumping on a trampoline.”With its well balanced mixture of melodic pop and driving rock, Guppy is proof that the members of Charly Bliss were wise to take the time to get the sound right for their debut.Charly Bliss’ Guppy is out now through Barsuk Records and is available on Amazon, iTunes, and the Barsuk Records online shop. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now
Lynne Irion, alumni relations co-ordinator, is retiring after nearly 24 years at Brock University. She’s seen here in front of the Student-Alumni Centre, for which she helped with the fundraising campaign. It was a take stock moment that Lynne Irion couldn’t ignore.The alumni relations co-ordinator was standing in the parking lot near the Plaza building and site of the Cairns Complex two years ago when she noticed she couldn’t see a single building that was on campus when she started working at Brock 22 years earlier.Irion’s view of the Schmon Tower, Mackenzie-Chown Complex and Welch Hall was blocked by newer buildings and one thought became clear.“It was at that point that I thought ‘You know, this is not my place anymore,’” Irion recalled. “That’s not a bad thing. It’s wonderful how the University has grown.”Still, that moment helped Irion decide when it would be time to pack in her career at Brock. After nearly 24 years of holding various jobs and titles with Alumni Relations, she will take one last look at how much the campus has changed on Friday, her last day of work before retiring.“I’m excited to go,” Irion said. “I’m really excited to move on to the next leg of my journey.“I thought these last few days, I’d have nothing to do. That’s not going to be the case,” she said, adding she’s finishing up last minute projects. “I’m not going to be twiddling my thumbs.”Avoiding idle hands is what landed Irion a job at Brock in the first place.After moving to Niagara from England in the late 1980s, Irion saw an ad for a computers course.She signed up for a two-week crash course and excelled, much to her own surprise. Her teachers recognized they had an ace and encouraged Irion to do a co-op placement.“And I came to Brock,” she said. “And I’m still here. I never really had plans to work. That wasn’t part of the deal. I just wanted to learn how to use a computer.”Irion enjoyed the social aspect of working as much as the job itself.When she started at Brock, there were only about 6,000 students, which made it easy to get to know the people she would stay in touch with for years after they graduated, even attending weddings of alumni and the christenings of their children.“You walked through the halls and no one was a stranger,” Irion said. “I liked that.”In retirement, Irion has plans to take stock of other locales, visiting family in England and taking a cruise, she hopes, from Spain to Florida. Catching up on her reading is also tops on her retirement to-do list – that and reporting for duty to no one but herself, she said.“That’ll be the best part – being able to do what I want to do.”Join Lynne as she celebrates her retirementWhen: Friday, Sept. 21, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Where: Alumni Pub Night at The Mansion House, 5 William St., St. CatharinesAlso, a farewell open house happens Wednesday, Aug. 15, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Alphie’s Bistro. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.