Watch the clip for 'City' - youtu.be/pgaipg4eA1U
The Double Happiness is two couples on the longest double date ever! Sharing a love of the city and its Milo-coloured river reaches, they have created a record that draws on their collective experiences of growing up and living in Brisbane.
Having formed only 2 years ago, the quartet have been writing, recording and playing shows with a view to releasing a triptych of themed EPs in 2018. The first of these being ‘City’, a record that is washed in a tsunami of reverb, urgent drums and hauntingly sweet vocal harmonies.
With a strong call back to the pioneers of post-punk and early surf rock, listeners will love the sprinkling of Joy Division, Sonic Youth, The Shadows and The Go-Betweens as well as the nod to the early 90's Flying Nun sounds.
"The EP explores the motifs of living in the shadows of tall buildings whilst being surrounded by strangers, awkward family moments and we also have an ode to Ping Pong!” explains vocalist and guitarist, Kristin Fergusson. “We can’t wait to share this EP with the folks at our intimate launch, and we’re especially excited to celebrate with Ultra Material and Julia R. Anderson, two of our favourite local acts!”
"'City' attracts the lost, the lonely and the brave. A reverb-guitar-driven journey of a young seeker that builds to a dramatic climax via the spooky side-streets of a sleeping city."
The Double Happiness recommend popping the tape in a Datsun 180B with the windows down and driving up to Kangaroo Point at dusk for the ultimate City experience.
"'City' is a fast moving, wonderfully angular guitar pop song with a dash of melancholy. Right up my Brisbane alley." - Greg Atkinson [Ups and Downs]
"The Double Happiness would be the perfect soundtrack to showing someone around Brisbane in July, or anytime for that matter - gentle, shimmering and pretty-like." - Ian Powne [4ZZZ]
“Lots and lots of twangy guitars, tangential vocal styles – they are the grandchildren of post-punk spatial purity. I am taken with this sound, with its tanky reverbs, snappy snares and pretty melodies. They sound like the past and the future in a blender, and they sing about my home town - double the happiness of most other bands.” - Dr. John Willsteed [Xero]