Third Studio Album Concordia Released September 8
Photo Credit: Eric Kelly
” …distinct echoes of The Cure, the Banshees and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, while Sarah Negahdari’s theatrical vocals are a mix of Siouxsie Sioux anxiety/sexuality and Bat for Lashes enchantment.” – Blackbook
“while still sounding nostalgic for ‘80s acts like Blondie and Siouxsie and the Banshees … it’s obvious that with this record, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Metric had more of an impact on [the band]” – Interview Magazine
“Sarah Negahdari [is] a powerful but economical guitarist, jutting in and out of the tracks like a jagged saw.” – Pitchfork
“Instantly catchy shimmering pop hooks are just what you need to get the weekend rolling.” – Nylon
“A killer hybrid of Kim Deal, PJ Harvey and Emily Haines, Negahdari has guitar chops, explosive energy and a winning sense of humor.” – Wired
LA art-punk outfit, Happy Hollows, were founded by two polar opposites — bohemian California native Sarah Negahdari, and Washington, DC Ph.D. student and bassist Charlie Mahoney. An introspective song about the feminine strength, love and the human experience, new album cut “Silent Partner” is an upbeat earworm that slices through the pain, not of a dramatic ending, but of a drawn-out end to a relationship. The song debuted with TIDAL yesterday and is available to stream below.
Happy Hollows’ magnetic stage presence and striking musical chops put them on the map when they released their critically acclaimed debut album, Spells in 2009. The twosome met at a strip mall where Sarah was working as a tarot reader just after Mahoney had relocated to LA. The band would go on to spend the next couple of years transforming into a staple of LA’s underground music scene, touring across the country with indie-favorites like Lucius, Japandroids, Silversun Pickups, Deerhoof, and Wavves. Two albums later, Happy Hollows are back with a brand new album, Concordia, due out September 8th.
Concordia celebrates Happy Hollows’ evolved sonic aesthetic, showcasing analog synth melodies, polyrhythmic drumming, and angular guitars. The duo enlisted the help of Los Angeles producer Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast) and London producer and mixing engineer Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode, Interpol, Liars). The collection represents the peak of Happy Hollows’ artistic progression, combining the live dynamism and energy of their early releases with the creative sonic palette and layered synth arrangements of their recent work.