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New Band of The Day: The Happy Gun


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The latest band to come underneath TNS’ radar comes from across the pond in the form of Milwaukee duo The Happy Gun. The band, consisting of brothers Brett and Tony Benka, play electro-acoustic music that brings inevitable comparisons to the likes of The Postal Service and Owl City, yet they show a greater maturity and ability to break free from such restrictive labels.

The happy gunThematically, the band has a penchant for dichotomies, and nothing showcases this more than their debut EP A Villain Playing the Victim. Cheery love songs such as 'Feeling Colors' are contrasted to melancholy self reflective tracks such as 'The Dark Side Of Me', where frontman Brett states: ‘sometimes I feel like things would be alright… if you would see the dark side of me’. These mood shifts are evident across the album and grant it a bi-polar feel to it, with the band exploring both the victim and the villain.

‘Lights Down Low’ is a haunting track where Brett's impressive vocals combine with the calm yet ominous guitar of brother Tony to create a perfectly layered track that utilises the multitude of instruments at their disposal, yet shows an awareness of when to strip back their sound for maximum effect.

Lyrically, the band are spot on, catching the mood of each song perfectly, and their song craft shows bags of potential. With a bit of refinement, The Happy Gun’s experimental indie-pop could very well see the duo rise to prominence. 

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