Indie Rockers Happy Little Clouds Host Charitable Release Party for Debut Album 'Shift'
Boston, Massachusetts – June 21, 2016 – Boston-based indie rockers Happy Little Clouds take the stage at O’Brien’s Pub in Boston, MA on Saturday, July 9, 2016 to mark the release of their debut album, Shift. Already a staple in the Boston club circuit, Shift marks the beginning of a new chapter for the band.
“We took songs that we had been playing for years and some new ones, too, and melded them together with a lot feeling, passion and focus,” says lead singer/guitarist Jac Mestel, “To me, the album feels like the anticipation and build up emotions that overwhelm you just before something really big happens and you know nothing will ever be the same.”
With its bluesy vocals, rocking guitars, and catchy melodies, Shift sets the energy from the band’s live performances against the passionately sung lyrics of Mestel’s songwriting. Mestel drew inspiration from her personal journey discovering a queer identity –– and love and heartbreak along the way –– to craft songs that are honest and unfiltered. “These songs have been my outlet for so many years and this album is the culmination of that. It represents all the angst and frustration and also all the self-discovery, love, and loss I’ve felt up to this point in life. Pretty relatable stuff,” says Mestel.
Shift was recorded over five days at The Halo Studio outside Portland, Maine. Mestel says she chose the studio, which is in a converted barn, after hearing about it from a mutual friend of producer Jonathan Wyman and learning that one of her favorite local New England bands, When Particles Collide, had recorded there.
The release party will also feature other local bands (The Rationales, PowerSlut, and 2016 Rock and Roll Rumble contestants, The Knock Ups), poetry (from the hosts of Worcester’s “The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show,” Alex Charalambides and Nicholas Earl Davis), live art (by local artists Dug McCormack, Amber Tortorelli and Leilani Roser), and an art auction benefiting the Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB). In one jam-packed show, Happy Little Clouds will release, Shift, the band’s first studio album, while simultaneously raising money for GRCB and weaving the local music, art and poetry scenes together to make sure everyone who comes out to the party leaves a little happier.
Happy Little Clouds formed in 2010 and have performed across New England, including at the Hartford, CT leg of the 2012 Warped Tour and at various Boston area venues like The Middle East, TT the Bears, Precinct, The Cantab, The Midway Cafe, PA’s Lounge, The Lily Pad, and many others. The band’s most recent performance was at Porchfest in Somerville, MA. For more information about Happy Little Clouds, visit happylittleclouds.com.
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