LIVE REVIEW: Happyness @ Think Tank (24.4.17) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Following the recent release of their second album, Write In, 3-piece South London slacker rock band Happyness take to the stage at Think Tank.

The new tracks especially seem to make a lot of sense performed live; for example, their most recent single, Bigger Glass, Less Full, all fuzzy, distorted guitars and floaty vocals, seems to take on a new dimension, as though it were destined to be heard live.

They finish up on Montreal Rock Band Somewhere, a slow rolling, laid back number about ‘wearing Wyn Butler’s hair’, which might seem like an odd note to end on but somehow provides a fitting closing note to an all-round outstanding night.

Happyness are one part Pavement, one part retro college rock and one part that’s something else completely fresh, and this works to make them one of the most interesting bands to see perform live at the moment. An extra special mention has to also go out to support band Her’s, a 2-piece “supersonic spectral wave” band currently based in Liverpool, who light up the stage with their extremely jovial energy.

Their wavy, dreamlike guitar and impressive bass riffs paired with a drum machine take the best of 80s indie and somehow manage to transform it into something completely new. Their debut album, released in early May, is definitely one to watch out for.

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