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Happy Hearse - Album Review: Mastering the Shakes

03 Oct 2017 // A review by Kerry Monaghan

It happens, but not as often as I’d like, that I’ll come across a hidden gem that manages to blow my mind, musically and lyrically and leaves me feeling completely satisfied with undulated happiness and excitement.  

Mastering the Shakes is the 2009 debut from the self- proclaimed grunge phenomenon band, Happy Hearse.

Hailing from Auckland, the trio have a sound that exceeds any idea of what you think they may sound like.  

They sound better.

Now, I could be biased, as the general grunge sound is something I have an acquired audio palette for. Like a moth to a flame, I seek and find, but it’s also all too easy for bands of this genre to cross pollinate and blur those lines. Happy Hearse are a band that are definite in their sound and are good at it.

The eleven-song debut is literally an assault on your senses, and after opening track, Factory, I’m hooked.

Fat, sludgy bass lines, sea-sick guitar riffs and guttural, primal screams. There is a lot of pure energy, talent and uniqueness to Happy Hearse’s sound, and quite simply, writing about it does it no justice.

Vocalist, Duncan Harwood has a depth and uniqueness to his voice that is nothing like I’ve heard before. His wails and screams are hypnotic and carries strong from start to finish. The heaviness of their sound is gut- punching good and lyrically thought provoking, filled with social commentary.

Happy Hearse is a band you simply need to know about. Mastering the Shakes takes you on an auditory journey you’re not likely to forget for a while.


Review written by Kerry Monaghan

 

About Happy Hearse

They are bored children locked in grown bodies. They met in Onewhero at the local ablution block. By sheer coincidence each would-be member of the group were smothering long decayed, minced up animal rot over their bodies to ward of the horney locals. from this bond of wary protection they went on to form Happy Hearse which started in the kitchen banging pots and pans etc...




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Releases

Love and Work
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Mastering the Shakes
Year: 2017
Type: Album

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