HAPPY. TALK DEBUT ALBUM
WRITTEN BY: MEG
Happy. combine various elements of pop punk with alternative rock and other similar styles, and the songs they’ve released so far are pretty different from each other, each one contrasting and standing out amongst the rest.
Following a string of singles, the band released their debut full-length, “Cult Classic,” in the fall of 2018. Since the album dropped, it has impacted the band’s career in more ways than one.
“It’s been incredible touring and playing live shows and having a real tangible response to the record. Hearing kids singing the words back to us each night is amazing,” vocalist Tate Logan says, “It’s also really interesting to gage the different responses to the different songs in real time in front of real people. Streams, likes and retweets often give us a general idea at which songs are relating better to people, but sometimes the live response is entirely different. It keeps things fresh and I think the biggest impact on our career with this release is how inspirational the response has been. It makes us want to make more music and play more shows more than ever before.”
The band put a unique twist on the alternative rock and pop punk genres, and while the album as a whole shows off that sound very well, the band feels like there are certain songs on it that really show off how much they stand out.
“Drowners is collectively our favorite track from the record. We feel it is the best representation of our sound as a whole,” Tate says, “I Call Shotgun has a time change from 4/4 to 6/8, and not a lot of songs in our genre use that time signature. We chose to make a risky decision with this song, but it landed really well with fans and we are glad we decided to step outside of the box and try unconventional things. Where The Wild Things Were has a very fun pre chorus that is a different vibe from the rest of the record that we also are proud of.”
“WE WANT TO GROW THAT COMMUNITY AND HELP PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY BELONG TO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN JUST THE MUSIC.”
Though it hasn’t been too long since “Cult Classic” drooped, the band are already hard at work on new material, aiming to make their new material even more experimental.
“We are constantly writing new music! Cult Classic comprised of all of the best songs we felt we had written over the course of our lives, from lots of different time periods with lots of different influences; whereas the new music we are writing is all very fresh and coming from new influences,” Tate reveals, “We definitely think there will be songs on the next release that nod to Cult Classic and will bridge the gap between it and the new music. But we are very excited to try new things, explore new ideas and grow the sound as well.”
Much more recently, the band wrapped up tour, with Virginia-based Telltale.
“Telltale are incredible dudes. They are so kind and so talented. We had an amazing time touring with them. It’s always nice to travel with people who come from a close area to where we are from, because we can experience new things at the same time. We also wrapped up the tour by opening for Drake Bell at a sold out show in our home state. It was a wonderful way to end the fun until next time,” Tate says about the tour, “We had a fan in North Carolina tell us after a show that they had driven 4 hours to come see us with work the next morning. That was a surreal experience because we remember doing similar things to see bands that we loved when we were younger, and to be on the other end of that was humbling. We also went to the beach, visited Kona Skate Park and explores a couple haunted spots around the cities we played!”
Another major thing that’s happened for Happy. since the release of “Cult Classic” is the fact that their fanbase has continued to grow and their music is constantly reaching and connecting with more and more people, and that connection is something very important to the band.
“The biggest achievement we feel we have made as a band is creating a real connection with the people that enjoy our music. It was awesome having our music video in Journey’s, to work with Will Pugh from Cartel, to pass 500,000 streams on a song, and to play a sold out show with a star from one of our favorite childhood shows, but the art our fans make for us, the paintings, drawings, videos, memes, covers and tattoos inspire us to keep creating for them. Nothing compares to that. We just want to continue to give to them. We want to grow that community and help people feel like they belong to something bigger than just the music.”
With a rapidly growing fanbase, a brilliant debut album under their belt, and so much more on the horizon, Happy. are a band that definitely needs to be on your radar.
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