Artist Spotlight

Happyness

One year since their conception, Happyness have, to date, released one self-titled EP and their debut studio album ‘Weird Little Birthday’. The London-three piece have spent their short time as a band honing their lo-fi, slacker rock-indebted sound which seems to be very much the ‘thing’ of the moment if you look at bands like Eagulls, Yuck and many more. However, it is credit to Happyness’ individuality and ability that they stand out enough from the ambient sea of their contemporaries to have earned this tour’s support slot with California alternative favourites, Avi Buffalo.

Descending the spiral stairs into the red-lit basement of Glasgow’s basement bar, it’s a little unnerving to find yourself one of only ten or so spectators expectantly milling around, however, by the time Happyness arrive on stage the venue is sufficiently busy for the low-ceiling, sweaty bar-come-venue.

While the band take a while to warm up, once they hit their stride they do exude a calm confidence in what they bring to their performances and as they flit between their downbeat-quirky ballads and their more raucous slacker anthems the crowd soften to their Pavement-inspired odd-rock. The band really excel, and become increasingly engaging when they dip into their slower songs, enabling their interesting, melodies and enticing lyrics to come to the fore!

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