17 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London trio Happyness are frequently compared to Pavement and Sparklehorse, and for good reason. Most of the songs feel as if they’re from Slanted and Enchanted with the late Mark Linkous occasionally whispering the lyrics. When Happyness slightly vary the approach on “Refrigerate Her,” it sounds like early Pavement doing their imitation of The Fall. Nineties–style indie rock still lives, and it races out the gate with four opening tracks that are perfectly amusing. “Anything I Do Is All Right” forces you to hum along. Pavement should be flattered and everyone else can play along for fun. After all, it’s only rock ’n’ roll, Gen X–style. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London trio Happyness are frequently compared to Pavement and Sparklehorse, and for good reason. Most of the songs feel as if they’re from Slanted and Enchanted with the late Mark Linkous occasionally whispering the lyrics. When Happyness slightly vary the approach on “Refrigerate Her,” it sounds like early Pavement doing their imitation of The Fall. Nineties–style indie rock still lives, and it races out the gate with four opening tracks that are perfectly amusing. “Anything I Do Is All Right” forces you to hum along. Pavement should be flattered and everyone else can play along for fun. After all, it’s only rock ’n’ roll, Gen X–style. 

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About Happyness

London-based trio Happyness combined dreamy indie rock melodies that took inspiration from '90s indie outfits such as Sparklehorse and Pavement, while intertwining purposeful, wry, 21st century humor to their brooding songs. Having known each other throughout their teens -- they had been in various other bands before they formed Happyness -- singer/guitarist Benji Compston, singer/bassist Jonny Allan, and drummer Ash Cooper found themselves together writing music in a studio under railway arches in Bermondsey, South London. After performances under a few different monikers, the three-piece finally settled on Happyness, and set about touring the U.K. They were soon picked up by indie label Weird Smiling and entered the studio soon after to record their debut album, Weird Little Birthday. Released in 2014, the album featured backing vocals from Saffron Le Bon, and included the single, "Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same." In 2015, Weird Little Birthday was re-released in the United States on Bar None Records. ~ Scott Kerr

ORIGIN
Bermondsey, London, England
FORMED
2013

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