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Late 8Featured Band (4): Let's Buy Happiness Recaptures The Sundays' Sound0's and 90's band The Sundays always had exactly the right name for a band whose albums were perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. Just as the music of The Sundays is remembered fondly for the ethereal sound of Harriet Wheeler's vocals, the same can be said about the fledgling recordings of Let's Buy Happiness and the melodic tones of Sarah Hall. This is not a disservice to the musical abilities of Wheeler's partner David Gavurin or to the undoubted talents of band members of Let's Buy Happiness (which are all integral parts of the whole), but it is a fact of life in popular music - as 70's musician and composer Richard Carpenter may attest. The resemblance of Hall's voice to that of Wheeler's is both uncanny and welcome at the same time.

"They take the ecclesiastical soundscape as designed by Robin Guthrie [of the Cocteau Twins] et al and give it a poppy spin... [Sarah Hall's] got a voice that connotes angelic purity," Paul Lester wrote for the Guardian. "If Let's Buy Happiness had been around circa 1989/90, they would have been duking it out with The Sundays for the front cover of Melody Maker or NME."

Based in Newcastle in the north east of England, where some band members have only recently ended their term in compulsory education, Let's Buy Happiness' line-up consists of: Sarah Hall (vocals), James King (drums), Mark Brown (bass), Graeme Martin (guitar), and James Hall (guitar). Dependant on the source, the band became a five-piece when twenty-one-year-old Sarah Hall either was asked to, or demanded to, front her little brother's group. She also writes the lyrics, directs the videos, and designs all the artwork for the band.

The band's debut single "Six Wolves" was released on October 18 through its own label Ghost Arc Records. Listen to (and buy) the new single "Six Wolves" here. The video can be viewed here . On its Myspace page, the band's publicity machine describes "Six Wolves" as "a widescreen, icily lupine and ethereal single premiere. It has a cinematic sound that glimmers with the eerie, fairy-dust sparkle of Sarah’s vocals." Currently touring the UK, and with an album planned for 2011, Let’s Buy Happiness are a band on everybody's radar.

Featured Band (4): Let's Buy Happiness Recaptures The Sundays' Sound"Six Wolves" (original lyrics):

Curt'n print fades from a decade's worth of days.
Kettles' morning haunting and the window collects up their steam.
There's nothing new here to waste grown tired of holding them limbs.

Even though I sit around a table with half-a-dozen wolves
Even though I sit around a table with half-a-dozen wolves

We were warm on the fence got separated by the grain.
All scratched down one side from holding to the others' skin.
Ghost kin is wandering 'round the table again.

Even though I sit around a table with half-a-dozen wolves
Even though I sit around a table with half-a-dozen wolves

Listed as "Indie," "Epic," and "Zouk" (a style of rhythmic music associated with the Caribbean), Let's Buy Happiness' melancholic sound mixes interlocking, experimental guitar patterns and delayed guitar soundscapes with syncopated drum beats and the clipped "Nordic-sounding" vocals of Sarah Hall, which are "reminiscent of Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins or Sugarcubes era Bjork." Paul Lester told Guardian readers, "They do glacial... they sound Nordic and windswept and cool."

Influences cited mainly include North American alt-indie bands such as Modest Mouse, The Shins, Bon Iver, Tokyo Police Club, and Brand New, rather than the the British indie bands whose imprints are also apparent.  "Let’s Buy Happiness have a fondness for wistful, US indie pop. Imagine a female-fronted Shins,” Q Magazine wrote.

"Six Wolves" (with B-side "Woodrings") has received critical acclaim in the UK music press. Radio coverage has included plays by presenter Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and by Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson, and Sean Keaveny at BBC 6 Music, who named it his "Record of the Week." Listen to "Woodrings" on the band's Myspace page.

Featured Band (4): Let's Buy Happiness Recaptures The Sundays' Sound"Woodrings" (original lyrics):

Stood for so long,
That grass grew up legs.
Now we're muddled up in landscape.
The apple that got dropped,
Is a tree in its teens,
Nervous for the first crop.

I took the spelk out your eye,
And soon enough I get to work on the plank left in mine.
Took an axe to my arm,
To see the wood rings for myself
And truly know my real age.

Doesn't look so good,
If I counted up correctly.
I'm already far behind in the race that I was born to.
It doesn't look real great at all,
I stared out and mouthed the worst word.
Didnt mean to make noise,
But I know that it got heard.

Featured Band (4): Let's Buy Happiness Recaptures The Sundays' SoundLet’s Buy Happiness released its debut EP No Hot Ashes in 2009. Lead track "Works Better on Paper" earned support from Tom Robinson and Lauren Laverne at BBC 6 Music.

In a review last year, Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music described "the breathtaking vocals of Sarah Hall on songs like 'Devil Show' and 'Works Better On Paper' from their self-released EP, No Hot Ashes." He continued, "A five-piece band with dual floating atmospheric guitar lines they delivered a strong, confident set. I particularly liked Graeme Martin's nifty capo techniques and James King's nonchalant, almost fastidous drumming... clearly already on their way to greatness."

Listen to "Works Better on Paper" and "Devil Show" on the band's Myspace page. A live rendition of "Works Better on Paper" can also be viewed here .

Beginning 2010 supporting The Temper Trap, Idlewild, and The Futureheads, Let's Buy Happiness played UK summer festivals including Glastonbury (John Peel Stage) and The Great Escape. "It was completely unreal," Sarah Hall wrote on her Blog. The band is concluding the year with a UK headline tour to promote its single "Six Wolves."

2nd Dec: The Victory, Sunderland w/Frankie & the Heartstrings
9th Dec: The Luminaire, London
18th Dec: Uncle Alberts, Middlesbrough
27th Jan: Laissez Faire Club @ The Macbeth Hoxton, London

By all means let's buy happiness, but your Sundays will never be the same again.

Buy "Six Wolves" single @ £1 (download):
http://letsbuyhappiness.bandcamp.com/album/six-wolves?auto=mp3-320

Buy No Hot Ashes EP @ £3 (download):
http://letsbuyhappiness.bandcamp.com/album/no-hot-ashes-ep?auto=mp3-320

Featured Band (4): Let's Buy Happiness Recaptures The Sundays' SoundFirst draft - new song and kite painting (posted August 28):

I don't want to suffer for supper
All you broken posing it's all you've known
Wear me in
Like I was nothing but chalk skeleton

I don't want to suffer for supper
All you broken posing it's all you've known
Wear me in
Like I was nothing but chalk skeleton

All your treacle talking is me sick
It fills my belly up extra quick
Wear me in
Like I was nothing but chalk skeleton

All your treacle talking is me sick
It fills my belly up extra quick
Wear me in
Like I was nothing but chalk skeleton

Featured Band (4): Let's Buy Happiness Recaptures The Sundays' SoundGeneral manager:
[email protected]
Booking agent:
[email protected]
Press contact:
Samuel or Jonathan @Six07Press.com

Websites:
http://www.myspace.com/letsbuyhappinessuk
http://twitter.com/LBHappiness
http://letsbuyhappiness.bandcamp.com/
http://nettleface.blogspot.com/

 

Selected artwork posted on Sarah Hall's Blog Nettleface:

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Featured Band (4): Let's Buy Happiness Recaptures The Sundays' Sound

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 December 2010 09:19
 

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Italy (Reuters) - U2 frontman Bono burst back onto rock's center stage on Friday after a two-month absence for a back injury, as the Irish band resumed what its manager predicts will be the most lucrative concert tour in history.

U2 shook a packed Olympic stadium in the northern Italian city of Turin as Bono strutted, pranced, jogged and danced with little sign of being a 50-year-old rock star just 10 weeks off spinal surgery.

"I don't really know how to hold back, is the problem. You have to let the songs sing you at a certain point," Bono told Reuters just before relaunching the second leg of U2's 360 Degree Tour, so called because fans surround a giant circular platform.

U2 and Bono, who said he had done rehabilitation work for three to four hours a day, kicked off a rousing set with "Beautiful Day" and "Magnificent." They also played two new tracks called "North Star Acoustic" and "Glastonbury."

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