Posts Tagged ‘Let’s Buy Happiness’

LFC 4th Birthday band #4: Let’s Buy Happiness

Newcastle’s Let’s Buy Happiness rose to prominence last summer after being selected to play the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury after impressing judges in the festival’s annual Emerging Talent competition.

It’s not only Michael and Emily Eavis who’ve been wowed by the quintet’s ethereal, shoegaze influenced sound – blogs across the UK have been slowly picking them up, and their last single Six Wolves, which came out in October, won them plaudits from The Guardian, Record Of The Day and Q Magazine.

Comparisons to The Sundays, The Shins, My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins give you an idea of the type of genre they straddle – this is classic songwriting with a long-haul career, rather than the proverbial 15-minutes, in mind.

We invited them down to London to play a night of ours at The Windmill in September (for what was to be their debut London show), where they headlined a bill which included Canada’s Yukon Blonde and London’s Pushing Hands. It was such a great set, we booked them to come back in January pretty much the next morning.


Location: Newcastle, UK
Lineup: Sarah Hall (vocals), James Hall (guitar), Graeme Martin (guitar), Mark Brown (bass), James King (drums).
Label: Ghost Arc (self release)
Previous LFC appearances: 1
Blog love: “their sweet indie kiss is about to seduce you in 2011.” (Breaking More Waves)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: The Macbeth, 27 Jan, on-stage 10.15pm RSVP TICKETS

Who are you?

We are Let’s Buy Happiness, a five piece from Newcastle.

What were your highlights of 2010?

Glastonbury has to be up there, also our BBC Maida Vale session for Tom Robinson and ‘Loose Ends’ for Radio 4. Going on tour was lots of fun and helped us grow and mature a lot. 2010 was a good year for Let’s Buy Happiness and we will to continue to write more and hopefully improve this year.

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?

Another tour, some new singles and possibly recording an album.

Do you have anything available to buy right now?

The Six Wolves single and No Hot Ashes EP are available to buy from letsbuyhappiness.com. Our new single Fast Fast is out on 28 February.

What’s been your best gig(s) to date?

Has to be the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury.

And finally, why should people attend your gig?

We will heal your demons.

Let’s Buy Happiness ‘Woodrings’ by letsbuyhappiness

Laissez Faire Club is four

Laissez Faire Club’s live nights have been around for four years now, and in aid of this fact we’ve decided to put on two shows in two nights at two of our favourite East London venues, Catch and The Macbeth respectively.

In between stuffing ourselves with festive meats and heralding in 2k11 over the holiday season, we’ve been toiling away putting the lineups you see in front of you together. We’ve made an effort to book bands that have played at least one Laissez Faire Club gig in the past and generally supported us through thick and thin, alongside bands who are exciting us right now.

Scoundrels played the first ever LFC at The Windmill back in 2006 (and many more along the way, in various guises), so we’re delighted to have them headline the first evening at Catch. The blues influenced four piece recently put pen to paper with Seymour Stein’s resurrected Blue Horizon label (originally home to Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack), and this will be their first show of 2011. Support comes from LFC Records’ first ever signings Ice Black Birds, throwback folk ‘n’ rollers Holden and one of our favourite new discoveries of 2010, The Jacquerie.

Let’s Buy Happiness‘ debut at LFC came in September, and we’re over the moon to have them playing again for us so soon – they headline the second night at The Macbeth on the 27th. Their shoegazey sound and female vocals have won them many plaudits over the last few months, as well as comparisons to The Sundays and Cocteau Twins. Expect to hear their last single ‘Six Wolves’ aired, alongside its follow up ‘Fast Fast’ (out 28 Feb). Warming things up for them will be our new signings The Collectable Few, who’ll be launching their debut single ‘Headstrong’ (out on Monday 24th), as well as Escapists and Channel Cairo, two new-ish London bands who both play their own brand of atmospheric indie-rock with big, memorable hooks.

All in all, we really do believe these are some of the best new bands out there at the moment, and we’re delighted to have rounded them up to play to you all at once. On top of all this, we’ve confirmed special guest DJ sets from the likes of Post War Years, Monkeysuit and Gramofoam, who’ll be providing you with the latest indie / electro beats in between and after the live acts.

Excited? We certainly are. Full information, ticket details and Facebook RSVPs can be found on our Events page.

Half a dozen wolves

So we’re really into Let’s Buy Happiness at the moment, and it seems the rest of the music press share this sentiment. Forget your Being A Dickhead’s Cool affiliated synth pop – it appears shoegazey, ethereal MBV / Cocteau Twins style songwriting is back in.

After playing their debut London show for us at The Windmill a couple of Fridays back (17 September) to a substantial crowd, they’ve gone on to – in the space of about a week – pick up plaudits from The Guardian, Record Of The Day and BBC 6Music, where their forthcoming single Six Wolves was made “Record Of The Week” last week. It’s all hotting up for the amiable Geordie quintet, who we feel will soon join the list of LFC alumni who go on to heady things (see The Wombats, Mumford & Sons, Micachu, Anna Calvi, We Have Band and Dansette Junior before them).

This is the track that’s causing all the fuss. It gets a general release on Monday 18 October – copies are limited and can be reserved through the band’s website. The video was directed by their lead singer Sarah Hall, the same person behind the rather charming artwork – showing everyone the DIY spirit in independent music is still very much alive and well…

Lets Buy Happiness – Six Wolves from Corona Films on Vimeo.

New LFC show: The Windmill 17 September + Let’s Buy Happiness MP3

On Friday 17 September, Laissez Faire Club is returning to the “gloriously lowdown, coolfuck venue” (Time Out) The Windmill in Brixton, South London, where it all started almost four years ago when we put on our first ever live night featuring New York’s Five O’Clock Heroes.

Let’s Buy Happiness, one of the hottest bands in the North East and winners of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition (previous victors have included The Subways, Golden Silvers and We Have Band) earlier this year, are travelling to London to play their first ever show in the capital. This is something we’ve been trying to arrange with them for some months, so we’re pretty chuffed to finally get a date in the diary.

Support comes from brand new “night pop” duo Alpines (the new project of former LFC stars Catherine Pockson and Bob Matthews), Vancouver BC’s wondrous Yukon Blonde (over in the UK for the first time ever) and new London band Pushing Hands, who we’ve already shouted about in a previous blog post. I know we probably say this every time we put a show on, but this really is the best lineup we’ve ever strung together. Honest.

Please let us know if you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event here. Tickets are a mere £4 in advance (It’ll be £5 day of show) and can be booked via WeGotTickets. We advise buying now as this is set to be a pretty lively evening, and we want you to get in and see all the bands!

In the run up to the gig, the headliners are giving away (in exchange for an Email address) a track called Devil Show, which featured on their superb Not Hot Ashes EP, which came out in November last year. Click below to listen to and download the song.

<a href="http://letsbuyhappiness.bandcamp.com/track/devil-show">Devil Show by Let&#8217;s Buy Happiness</a>

Past LFC performance

MUMFORD AND SONS // OLD BLUE LAST // 24 OCT 2007