After supporting Dublin’s Thumper in Cyprus Avenue before Christmas, Happyalone returned to the sister venue, Winthrop Avenue for a late night show.
Words by Jack Squibb
Six years since bursting on to the Cork music scene the sound of Happyalone has evolved, moving from their rock elements and more embracing their lo-fi sound. Still always ones for a spectacle, place them in the confided space of Winthrop Avenue and let them loose and you’re in for a special experience.
Like a lucid dream, the band took the crowd on a journey, doused with distorted synths, blissful riffs and silky bass. A calming mood to sway to during older tracks like ‘Colours’ and ‘L U C F I E R’ would be countered with ‘Ur Eyes’ or ‘Breath on Me’ to lift the hooked audience out of any relaxed state they could’ve succumbed to.
Throughout the set, you can see the passion they share for their experimental sound. Slee almost floating as he struck every chord of his bass or switched to his synthesiser. Fionn would glide around the stage, embracing Jordan every now and again or simply just looking out and grinning. It was an infectious energy that was absorbed by the whole room.
Airing out what’s to come in 2023, next single, ‘You Are’ and more showed that this is set to be an exciting year for the Cork trio.
A surreal night culminated with a salute to the crowd as they exited the stage. The band returned for a DJ set to round out the twilight performance.
The new single, ‘You Are’ from Happyalone is out Friday 3rd February.
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