The Happy Lonesome are a Rock’n’Roll band from Melbourne via Geelong. Their brand new double A side single, ‘High in the Noose’/’Even Fight’, is out today via Bandcamp, along with the official video also out today on Youtube! The single is a preview to the bands' debut self-titled album, The Happy Lonesome, out January 2017 on Night Owl Records.
Led by songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Matt Green, The Happy Lonesome also includes long time members Claire Birchall and Pete Azzopardi (guitars/vocals), with new additions Jarrod Brown (drums) and Sean McMahon (bass/vocals) cementing the departure from the band’s former cow-punk aesthetic to something more pure. The five were already well accustomed to each other other due to years of playing together in other bands like The Coves and Claire Birchall & The Phantom Hitchhikers, as well as sharing the bill with Sean’s various bands (Downhills Home, The Moonmen). After only three shows together with the new line-up, the band took to the studio to record with Dan Sullivan in Collingwood during winter 2016. Matt’s new batch of songs were given a vitality and feel reminiscent of the best of the Albert years with undertones of the Australian 70’s and 80’s rock underground. There’s nothing affected or “vintage” about these songs though. This is sincere and proud Rock and Roll, with a versatility that transcends any genre, niche or clique.