TRACK REVIEW: The Happy Now? – On An Island Alone/Missteps Designed | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Newcastle-based punk rock project The Happy Now? debut their gritty new soundscape in their latest double-A side. The single is a labyrinth driven by heavy and foreboding instrumentals, moody vocals and a metronomic rigidity, which all merge to create a unique sound that is as inescapable as it is captivating. 

Split into two separate (yet seamless) tracks titled On An Island Alone and Missteps Designed, the bipartite sees the group experiment with and perfect their craft, which is influenced by the likes of Joy Division, Low and Lungfish. With deep-rooted ties to Newcastle’s music scene, each member has invaluable experience within their genre and their contributions have unified flawlessly to create an essential listen.

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