When Happyness first burst into the public conscience with 2013’s debut single It’s On You, their spirited take on US college rock was as big a surprise as it was an instant hit. The resulting full length, Weird Little Birthday, went on to feature in many of 2014’s End of Year album lists. Worldwide tours, an NME Award, a re-issue on the much-loved labels Moshi Moshi Recordings (Bar/None in US), and millions of Spotify plays later, it is with some anticipation that news of album number two begins to surface. Currently only two things remain certain: Spring 2017 will see the release of Weird Little Birthday’s successor, and today they share the first taste of what the album will sound like in the form of new single Falling Down.
As outsiders from sleepy coastal towns several countries apart, Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow in Furness and Norwegian Audun Laading met for the first time in Liverpool as students. The pair bonded over a love of peculiar, sardonic humour and wide eyed observations. Dream-pop outfit Her’s is the natural extension to the solitary decoding of the cultures they grew up in. Together they create 80s indie influenced songs with nods to Orange Juice and the capriciousness of Ariel Pink-ish pop.
"Glasgow / London trio Dama Scout exploded onto the scene in September with their frenetic yet delightfully considered debut single, Forget It’s Good, a snarlingly ambitious first offering drawing from a plethora of varied influences. Their second outing, the equally as energetic All In Too, is another twisted behemoth of a track – as much Sleater Kinney as it is Slint at points, whilst managing to find some solid hooks amongst all the raucousness. Having recorded elements of the track on a broken laptop microphone, the coarse nature to the production is at times a stark contrast to the almost dream-pop smooth vocals, resulting in an exhilaratingly unique sound." - Crack in The Road