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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

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.

Past LFC performance

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