Happyness Self titled Debut EP Released January 6th on Weird Smiling
Happyness’ debut EP is out today and is available to stream via the Soundcloud. The South London trio have been bathing in praise in the months leading up to the release, with kind words from the likes of of NME (7/10) (reads like an 8 though), Best Fit and The Fly. The lead track “It’s On You” propelled the band into people’s consciousness, the full EP does not fail to deliver.
Happyness are a three-piece from South London consisting of Jonny Allan, Benji Compston and Ashley Cooper. Having self-produced their debut EP in Jelly Boy Studios, their loft, the band will be announcing their self-titled EP set for release early January 2014. In the lead up to this lo-fi 4-track offering, mixed by Ed Harcourt and mastered by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Daniel Johnston, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), Happyness have gathered friends and fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Influences are diverse and broad but bands such as Sparklehorse, Yo La Tengo and Wilco have clearly inspired. Dreamy, hook laden, with a song writing prowess far beyond their tender years – Happyness are the real deal.
The press for debut single “It’s On You” has been unequivocally positive, the track propelling Happyness into one of the most talked-about new guitar bands in the country.
“College-rock mannerisms and gently acerbic, conversational, lyrics… the sort of debut that manages to impress without evening seeming to break stride” – The Fly
“A beautiful thing – carefree but with lyrics which tug at the heartstrings in a manner chock full of pathos and sincerity” – Clash
“Offering the kind of characterful dulcet tunes we want to hear from a guitar band right now” – The 405