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Happy Abandon w/ TBA @ The Lexington, London, UK
Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 8:00 PM – Mon, Jul 17, 2017, 12:00 AM BST
Happy Abandon is an orchestral rock band from Chapel Hill, NC, consisting of Peter Vance (songwriter, guitar, vocals), Jake Waits (drums), Justin Ellis (bass), and sometimes Alex Thompson (keyboards, programming) Although the four members met as students at UNC Chapel Hill in 2010, Happy Abandon didn’t form until early 2015, well after the members’ separate bands and musical projects ran their course. This allowed the four friends to develop their own goals, talents, and experiences, learn from them individually, and pool them into a new collective identity.
In their short time together, the band honed their powerful live sound by opening for such acts as Ben Sollee, Saintseneca, Rubblebucket, Mutual Benefit, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and more. They soon recorded and released their debut EP, “Heavy Lines”. Helmed by Grammy-nominated producer John Custer, the five songs gained praise from several local and national press outlets for its smart combination of pop/folk construction and post-rock/shoegaze presentation. Two release shows in Chapel Hill and Washington, DC in January 2016 drew capacity crowds, and were followed by an 18-date tour of the southeast and midwest, including six showcases at SXSW 2016. A 24-date tour of the Northeast and Canada followed in August. 2017 will bring the band to Europe and the West Coast.
The band is currently hard at work on the road and finishing up their first full-length record. Produced in partnership with Triangle-based producer Jason Merritt (Hot Hot Heat, Courtney Love) and LA-based producer Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams), Facepaint will release on 8/25/17 on Schoolkids Records (formerly Second Motion Records) with distribution through Redeye Worldwide.