Skating Polly and Charly Bliss @ Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario
Review & Photography by: Rafael Santos
On a mid-May evening at Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern I sat down at the bar an hour before doors to nurse a beer. “How’s your day going?” the bartender asks. “Good, seeing Charly Bliss and Skating Polly tonight.” I replied. “You’re in for a good one then.” he says. I thought about his statement as I let my eyes wander the photos adorned on the wall. Etta James, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads and The Ramones adorned the walls and as the crowd began to trickle in the rooms collective excitement began to grow coming to head when the opener, Skating Polly took the stage.
The Oklahoman, multi-instrumentalist, genre swinging three piece played a sound that went from feeling like the frantic energy of 90’s punk and riot grrl to feeling more reminiscent of acts like Sufjan Stevens. The intensity of their performance left every single drum beat, bass note and power chord ingrained in your brain. For forty some odd minutes Skating Polly had captured our attention fully and left us witness to one of the best Punk sets I’ve ever seen.
Up next was was Charly Bliss. From the moment the audience got a snippet of Eva Hendricks exiting the green room towards the stage there was a thunderous applause that crested and swelled until overtaken by the incredible grungey power-pop instrumentals echoing the best parts of 90’s Weezer and contrasting that with Hendricks’s bright vocals that allow her personal lyrics to shine through the fuzzy chords and crowd roar.