Thursday, August 20, 2015

Austin-based sister-brother duo Charlie Belle follows-up early-2015 release “Get To Know” with “I Don’t Want To Be Alone” EP this fall.

See premiere of video for “Petting Zoo” via Popmatters.  Band to play hometown release show at Stubbs Sept. 15th, new EP arrives Sept. 18th.


Charlie Belle (L-R): Gyasi Bonds, Jendayi Bonds. Photo Credit: Barclay Ice & Coal.


Charlie Belle – In The Press

“Wanna feel good? Press play.” – Noisey

“More interested in wordplay than in showing off.”NPR

“New Band of the Week”The Guardian

“These are some of the raddest kids around.” – NYLON

“The most infectious kind of power-pop.” – Wired

“Super-melodic, toe-tapping guitar-pop.” – ROOKIE



See the video for “Petting Zoo” from the new Charlie Belle EP via Popmatters and grab the MP3 via Noisey!


Austin!  See Charlie Belle live at Stubbs on Sept. 15th!  All ticket holders receive a free CD copy of the new EP!  Tickets:


“Filming ‘Petting Zoo’ was a blast,” says 17-year-old Jendayi Bonds of Charlie Belle about the first video from the duo’s upcoming EP.  “It was shot almost entirely out of our carport and everyone in the video is a friend of ours, so it was just a whole lot of fun.”

Jendayi goes on to say that the hardest part about the video (which also stars her bandmate and brother, 14-year-old Gyasi Bonds) was the driving. “That car is pretty old and it's a stick shift, so I had to learn how to drive a stick a half our before we started filming!”

“It’s pretty R&B inspired, which excites me,” she explains about “I Don’t Want To Be Alone,” the duo’s new EP, scheduled for release on Sept. 18th, 2015.  “I’ve really been feeling the groove and trying to figure out a way to put that into Charlie Belle without taking away from who we are.” She succeeded.

This time, complemented by the agile bass playing of studio vet David Andersen, the songs jump in a way that gets in your face, under your skin, and into your heart and mind.  The groove Jendayi is feeling hits home and is immediate.

“Nobody knows me like I do / But everyone is telling me what I’m supposed to do / And nobody knows what goes on in my head / But everyone is acting like all my thoughts can be read,” Jendayi sings on “Petting Zoo,” the song most reminiscent of the band’s previous EP, bearing a distinct UK sound that doesn’t quit.

The Bonds siblings, who began playing together as a duo in 2011 (promptly landing in USA Today with a cover of “Strange Powers” by Magnetic Fields), made a splash earlier this year with the breezy debut EP “Get To Know,” which recalled the English “alternapop” sound of the 90’s in a succinct and memorable handful of songs that reflected Jendayi’s mature-beyond-her-years songwriting.

Displaying a style that Jendayi began to hone starting with her first songwriting attempts at only 10-years-old (brother Gyasi started on drums at four!), the “Get To Know” EP earned Jendayi’s songs their first bit of national attention.  The new collection shows off a major step forward in the young lyricist’s songwriting and abilities with a hook.

“I Don’t Want To Be Alone,” the latest EP from Charlie Belle, arrives on Sept. 18th, 2015Jendayi Bonds is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Charlie Belle
“I Don’t Want To Be Alone” EP
(Fanatic Records)
Sept. 18th, 2015

Track Listing:

01. I Don’t Want To Be Alone
02. Petting Zoo (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
03. Speak Your Mind
04. You Don’t Know Me
05. Find You


Charlie Belle Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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