Happyness formed in South London, but there's something about their sun-bleached slacker rock that makes you feel strangely like you're sitting in the college dorm of a character from a 90s American teen drama, flicking through a vinyl collection accrued at trendy Santa Monica flea markets. Maybe it's something to do with the long list of US indie-pop favourites the rising trio's sound cribs from. Their brilliant upcoming debut album, 'Weird Little Birthday', might just be the best record Broken Social Scene never made; a gorgeously melodic indie-pop tale of sickness, sex and melancholy in the suburbs, full of whispy no-fi nods to Sparklehorse, Pavement, Wilco, Death Cab and more.
New single 'Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same' spells out their lightly grungey, lo-fi excellence in vivid colours. Pitting deadpan lyrics ("you ate my birthday cake") over cooed backing vocals, joyous guitar jangles and Grandaddy-ish keys, it's a breakout indie-pop anthem in waiting, tailormade to soundtrack your summer. In other words: your so-called life's about to get a lot better with these guys in it.
'Weird Little Birthday', produced by Adam Lasus (Daniel Johnston/Yo La Tengo), is out on June 16 via Weird Smiling. The band tour throughout April and May, including dates at London's Queen of Hoxton on April 26, Liverpool Sound City on May 2 and Live At Leeds on May 3.