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HAPPY ACCIDENTS – Everything but the Here and Now

HAPPY ACCIDENTS – Everything but the Here and Now

Happy AccidentsLondon-based indie punk trio Happy Accidents release Everything But The Here And Now via Alcopop! Records on 16th February.  In their short lifespan, Happy Accidents have already garnered attention from publications including Noisey, DIY, Kerrang! Magazine and Upset. After catching the attention of BBC Introducing London, the band went on to be played by Annie Mac and Huw Stephens at BBCR1, Steve Lamacq at BBC 6music and John Kennedy at Radio X.

Opening with the plaintive vocals and sparse guitar backing of Nunhead the Happy Accidents showcase their indie chops as they introduce some keyboards and then the drum kicks in. It’s a song that doffs the cap to the likes of Yo La Tengo and Cardiff’s Los Campesinos and I loved it!

Without a pause, we are launched straight into a hook to melt your eardrums as Wait It Out significantly ups the pace. The band melds male and female vocals over a truly terrific riff with some super work from the rhythm section. I have to say that it is one of the best two song openings to an album I have heard in a while…great stuff. Blending The Wedding Present with The Pixies is a recipe for success in my world and these folks have it.

The serrated chords of A Better Plan give way to a female lead vocal, bouncy bass driven verses and a melodic chorus where I am reminded of very early Grouplove. On Float, the keyboard intro and female vocals create a slightly psychedelic feel for just 46 seconds and then the drum beat kicks off Act Naturally with a jerky bass riff and similar lead guitar before the two vocalists kick in. The smooth choruses play well with the erratic verses.

The 6th track of the 11 is Free Time and it builds with the vocals dominating before the introduction gives way to a stuttering beat and power chords driving the song along. It is followed by Different Views with a bouncy rhythm and female vocals producing an accessible indie-pop combination that has anthem like qualities. On Unwind, the switch back to male lead vocals and a slower more powerful guitar backing provides another twist to the bands output. The choruses are often ‘sway your arms in the air’ power plays and the Happy Accidents seem destined for big things.

Text Me When You’re Home opens with a twee guitar before monster chords join in and, as the feedback fades away, the mellow female vocals burrow their way into your head before the guitar drives the song to a conclusion. The penultimate song, Maybe Tomorrow, is a more upbeat effort and leads to the closing track, Sink. The band seal the deal with a restrained melancholy song completing a truly excellent album.

Check out Everything but the Here and Now by Happy Accidents: http://www.happyaccidents.band/

 

 

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