One of NPR’s “Musicians You’ll Tell Your Friends About In 2015,” The Guardian names Charlie Belle “New Band of The Week.”
Charlie Belle (L-R): Gyasi Bonds, Jendayi Bonds, Zoe Czarnecki. Photo Credit: Barclay Ice & Coal.
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Charlie Belle – In The Press
“More interested in wordplay than in showing off.” – NPR
“New Band of The Week” – The Guardian (UK)
“To put it simply, these are some of the raddest kids around.” – NYLON
“There’s a lot that’s powerful about Charlie Belle.” – Texas Monthly
“Yup, she rocks.” – Austin Chronicle
“Everybody is getting to know Charlie Belle.” – MTV IGGY
“Super-melodic, toe-tapping guitar-pop.” – ROOKIE
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Hear “Get To Know” by Charlie Belle streaming now via Rookie or at the links below!
In its “New Band of The Week” feature on Austin-based teen trio Charlie Belle, the UK newspaper The Guardian said that the “Texan mid-teens make melodic indie-pop feel like a viable option for the first time in eons,” perfectly summing up the breezy tunes on the band’s debut EP “Get To Know,” out now.
Back in the US, Charlie Belle, armed with songs written by 16-year-old vocalist and guitarist Jendayi Bonds, is making a similar impact among those seeking out tunes that can stand the test of time, but are also fun to sing along to.
The five tracks on “Get The Know” bring to mind the English “alternapop” sound of 90’s – bands such as The Sundays, Belly, and The Lemonheads (more popular in the UK than its native Boston, after all) to name a few. Charlie Belle – named for the Bonds siblings’ great-grandmother – further sites Esperanza Spalding, The Strokes, and Arctic Monkeys as more contemporary influences.
At 16-years-old, Jendayi is the elder in Charlie Belle. After picking up the guitar at seven-years-old, she quickly began writing her own songs, and at the age of ten, formed Charlie Belle with her brother Gyasi (who was only four when he began drum lessons.)
In 2011, the then-duo covered “Strange Powers” (dang, these kids are cool!) for a series of videos related to the promotion of the documentary of the same name about The Magnetic Fields. Shot in Gyasi’s bedroom when he was just eight-years-old, the clip later landed them in USA Today. Soon after, Jendayi was interviewed by Amy Poehler as part of the comedienne’s “Smart Girls” web series.
Now, as Charlie Belle begins down the road towards increased recognition with the national release of “Get To Know,” the band is continuing to get noticed at home. Just this past fall, the Austin Chronicle named Jendayi the “Best ‘It’ Girl” in the paper’s annual “Best of Austin” issue, summing up their coverage with a simple statement: “Yup, she rocks.”
See Charlie Belle in Austin this spring at South By Southwest, and look out for a series of cover song videos featuring the band doing some of their favorite songs by Dr. Dog, Beyoncé, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Young The Giant, and more!
Jendayi Bonds of Charlie Belle is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
“Get To Know” EP
(S/R – Out Now)
02. Shake You Off
03. Metaphorically Speaking
04. Key To My Heart
Charlie Belle Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion