Friday, May 24, 2013

The Happy Few: Geevers to "Me"


A certain uneasiness arises when we hear a beloved demo has been transformed into a full-fledged recording. We were delighted our recent reposting of The Happy Few's "Give It to Me" prompted an email from long-and-much-admired frontman, Joep Geevers. (And, no, it's not just because he's got one of the coolest names in rock.) We were further delighted to hear that, though somewhat silent the past six years, THF are still at it and plan to release their debut album, The Alarmingly Unstable, "after the summer."

So why, pp, why were you feeling uneasy???

Well, "we'll" tell ya.  It's because two of the numbers on the recently released promo are full studio reworkings of much-beloved demos, "Red & Blue" and "Give It to Me." "Would they measure up?" we mused.

We needn't have worried. Repeated listenings to the demos naturally made us aware of each subtle difference in the studio versions, but they are nice differences, and we love the fuller sound. (Not that we require a fuller sound. Some of the greatest listening experiences in "our" life came through one solitary earplug attached to a tinny, tiny transistor radio, lying in "our" bed in the moonlight as that First Great Wave washed from Albion's shores across the Atlantic back in '63-'64. Damn, freakin' poet(aster)(s) here.)

But we digress. Thank you, Joep, for hooking us up with the promo and for the excellent new song on it. You def keep us happy and we're glad you are, too.

Oh, and how could we forget? The Happy Few will be the support band for legendary Northern Irish punkpoppers, The UndertonesThursday, May 30, in Amstelveen. As Joep correctly noted, our attendance might be logistically problematical, but we will certainly be there in spirit.


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