After wowing crowds at SXSW last month, Happyness have announced a return to American shores in July. To celebrate they've released a never before seen video for 'Regan's Lost Weekend (Porno Queen)' on PASTE.
The band had a whirlwind 2014, which ultimately saw the South London trio hit CMJ (making NPR's top picks),make NME's Best Newcomers list, as well as The Sunday Times Best Albums of The Year.
Happyness are a 3 piece band from South London, formed of multi-instrumentalists Ash Cooper, Benji Compstonand Jonny Allan.
After forming in early 1973, the band went on hiatus pending their births and the sufficient progress of the affordable digital audio interface market. Regrouping in 2013, the band spent Saturday nights playing under a railway bridge inBermondsey. By mid-2013, having written "most of an album" they rented out an unused church with the intention of setting up a studio and finishing the record there. That ended after less than a week with only one song tracked - they were driven out by "the bitter cold and an unconvinced congregation of the dead". (Unintentionally significantly the song was 'Baby, Jesus (Jelly Boy)')
Relocating to their affectionately named 'Jelly Boy Studios' (a one-time carpentry warehouse and butterfly commune an hour or so outside of London), the band self-produced their debut album and the songs that would become their debut EP.
Before the recording sessions, the band had played a handful of shows under a variety of names ('something to put on the flyers'), but the name Happyness wasn't used until November 2013, when the band started playing live in the build up to the release of their eponymous EP – mixed by Ed Harcourt.
The album – 'Weird Little Birthday' - was mixed by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and features Ed Harcourt singing on "Pumpkin Noir". They have made various attempts to spread the rumour that Jonny Allan is the forgotten son and heir to the Terry Richardson empire, but those have all failed pretty conclusively.
Their approach to writing and recording music means that roles within the band are fairly fluid, but Jonny Allan andBenji Compston do lead vocals and Ash Cooper does drums. Live dates below:
July 11 – New York, NY – Four Knots Festival
July 12 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
July 13 – Montreal, QBC – Casa Del Popolo
July 14 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
July 15 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog (Euclid Tavern)
July 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle
July 17 – Washington, DC – Tropicalia
July 18 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
July 19 – Asheville, NC – Tiger Mountain
July 20 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre Rooftop
July 21 – Atlanta, GA – 529
July 22 – Nashville, TN – The End
July 23 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
July 24 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
July 25 – Chicago, IL – Wicker Park Festival
July 26 – Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
July 28 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112
July 29 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
July 30 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
July 31 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
August 1 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon
August 4 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
August 5 – Reno, MN – Holland Project
August 7 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
August 9 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar
August 11 – Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon
August 12 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer
August 13 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
August 14 – Santa Barbara, CA - Funzone