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The term ‘Happy Hour’ is known to many as a financially friendly great time down at the local with your mates. The band Happy Hour is known to the Woollongong music scene as a budding local success story. Spread over the Shoalhaven, Jervis Bay and Nowra areas of New South Wales, Jaden Spence (guitar/vocals), Gerry Thompson (drums), Sean Outten (guitar/vocals) and Gus Lasker (bass) are a group of seventeen year-old muso’s blowing up in the alt-rock scene of southern New South Wales.
With charming youth and disarming influences ranging from 70s rock to local heroes, Happy Hour are making strides through their budding early career.
Formed in the music room of Nowra Anglican College, Happy Hour started out as a lunch time hobby. It all got serious when Thompson put his guitar to the side and claimed his throne behind the drums, and the lunch time fun soon turned into a more serious process of experimenting with their sound. The result is a 70s-infused surf-rock sound hitting all the right notes with their peers, friends and local gig-goers. The band draw their musical inspirations from some of their local heroes The Vanns, Los Tones and Hockey Dad as well as the surroundings of their new jamming location of Culburra Beach.
After four months of being an ‘official’ band and countless nights spent practicing and song-writing in a train carriage in the backyard of Lasker’s parents place (apparently it’s best not to ask), the band are currently recording their self-funded debut EP at Sony Studios with Adrian Breakspeaker, the engineer behind Gang of Youth‘s incredible debut album The Positions.
The band’s triple J Unearthed submissions Daisy and Expectations are a showcase of groovy riffs, drum-beats to chill to and vocals that will make you feel smooth on the dance floor if the mood should strike. Expecatations, alongside it’s charmingly amateur self-produced film clip, recently scored the band an opening slot at this year’s Your and Owls Festival.
When asked what the plan for Happy Hour is in the near future, the response was clear and simple: “to tour, and for everyone to come have fun and keep it real.” Their name really does say it all.
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