Hey Charlie have had us under their spell for a while now, thanks to a punchy sound that fuses gritty riffs and dirty basslines with harmony-laced hooks and killer car-radio choruses.
But we are certainly not the only ones hooked on their dynamic brand of grunge-pop. The London trio – comprised of Lizz Steichen (vocals/guitar), Sophie Scott (vocals/guitar) and Lauren Anderson (vocals/drums) – have captivated crowds in support of Foster The People and Liam Gallagher, and were hand-selected to tour Europe with American rock titans All Time Low.
How would you describe Hey Charlie to a stranger?
“Close your eyes, imagine you’re in the middle of a mosh pit. On stage are three blonde girls in matching outfits playing instruments (unbelievable already, I know). It sounds like crazy badass grunge-pop that’s somehow new and nostalgic all at the same time. K, open your eyes, keep moshing.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Well according to our Youtube comments on ‘Hey’ video it’s Nirvana, haha. To be honest we have so many influences and it’s constantly changing, especially with our new music (coming soon). We love our 90s Weezer, Wheatus and Green Day. We’ve also been touring with some awesome pop-punk bands like All Time Low and WSTR, so that’s seeping in and influencing our sound as well.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Okay, that’s hard. The whole All Time Low tour was pretty much the highlight of our lives, but on the last night of tour they came out dressed in Hey Charlie outfits with blonde wigs on to play Teenage Dirtbag with us. We also played our first stateside show in LA over summer to a sold-out venue, which was pretty mind-blowing. ”
You’re based in London – what’s your local music scene like?
“London’s a funny one. There’s a lot of opportunities and people doing a similar thing, but it’s very competitive and sometimes that means bands act differently and see things as a big competition – as if there’s only one winner. We’re just happy to be taking part.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“There are so many new inspiring artists right now! We love:
1. The Beaches – epic girl band with the sickest tunes. Literally our soul sistas from Canada, we’re in love.
2. Yungblud – Giving rock ‘n’ roll a 21st-century edge, addressing the issues of our generation. Overall legend.
3. Yonaka – They get stronger with every release. Theresa is a badass frontwoman and their writing is next level.”
And finally, what does 2019 hold for Hey Charlie?
“Okay, so sit tight guys. We’ve got a few releases scheduled for the new year that we recorded out in LA and that we’re crazy excited about. We’re also doing our first ever headline tour around the UK in Feb! We have no idea what to expect but we can’t wait!”