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Album Review: Everything But The Here And Now by Happy Accidents

London indie-punk trio Happy Accidents return with their second album Everything But The Here And Now set for release on 16th February 2018 via Alcopop! Records. The album marks a real period of growth for the fledgling outfit, who have concentrated on pushing the whole sound of the band forward from the solid DIY roots they sunk on 2016 debut album You Might Be Right.

While we mightn’t have been big fans of their debut, it hinted at the potential of Happy Accidents. In many ways Everything But The Here And Now realises the bands potential, pushes them out from the crowd and gives the band a distinct identity. The washes of synths, keys and atmospheric production courtesy of Hookworm’s Matthew “MJ” Johnson (Drenge, Doe, Martha, Honeyblood) add a new dimension to the band’s sound.

The double header of lead/split singles ‘Wait it Out’ and ‘Better Plan’ are early highlights that make you sit up and take notice. ‘Act Naturally’ is a wonderfully jangly indie-punk track that you can’t help but enjoy. The joint vocals of Rich and Phoebe push the track to a more immediate level that had been missing from their repertoire.

Perhaps it’s the move that sees drummer Phoebe taking joint lead vocal duties for the first time that is the killer ingredient the band were missing. As they commented: “It sometimes feels like a new band” and we couldn’t agree more.

Sounds like ‘Free Time’ and ‘Different Views’ wouldn’t have worked previously, but here they’re full of bluster and power. ‘Text Me When You’re Home’ is the standout track of the album, while it might be relatively simple guitar indie it couldn’t be anymore delightful. ‘Sink’ lays on the emotion in a soaring and fitting close to the album.

A definite improvement, Happy Accidents have produced a strong follow up. Their still not the finished article but they’re well on the way.

AD Rating 6.5/10

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