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If We Were Really Here

by The Happies

The Happies combine the best of the English singer-songwriter angle with washy, emotional American indie rock and a certain whimsical, fussy, quaint, old-fashioned splash which recalls The Coral. Stratford 4, Simon & Garfunkle, and Rilo Kiley.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Everything is Fine, Cover Your Eyes
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2. Sun Don't Shine
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3. Paw Paw
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4. Open Up
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5. Geraldine
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6. Polarity
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7. Eleven
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8. Learn How to Pray
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9. It's Only You
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10. Newspaper Friend
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11. Holy Places
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12. Give Yourself
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13. Spend a Day
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Album Notes
The Happies are:

Miles Biddulph (vocals / guitar)
Elledge Bowers (drums / keyboards)
Nathan Biddulph (bass guitar / vocals)
Kiley Mickelson (vocals / guitar)
Linwood Biddulph: (drums / keyboards / vocals)

The Happies started as a simple home recording project, but just as Pinocchio became a real boy, so did The Happies become a real band. Brothers Miles and Nathan moved to Salt Lake City and began fulfilling their aspirations to become the next Osmonds, eventually convincing their younger brother Linwood to join them in their musical splendor. Next to join The Happies was William Elledge Bowers IV (a local ninja), who Miles met in another music project.
It was a beautiful summer afternoon; the sky was blue, the grass was green, and The Happies were playing in the park. Suddenly, upon hearing the melodic harmonies of an acoustic ensemble emanating by the fountain, an unsuspecting passerby brought his bicycle to a halt. This was Ki. A very talented musician himself, Ki became not only a member of the band, but also an intricate part of The Happies' songwriting.
The Happies are an indie entity with a sound that bears a striking resemblance to the bands in the vein of Belle & Sebastian, The Shins, Grandaddy, and if The Beatles were around today. "The Happies combine the best of the English singer-songwriter angle with washy, emotional American indie rock" (Slug Magazine). They were awarded "Best Unsigned Local Band" in Salt Lake City Weekly's Best of 2005 "If We Were Really Here" is the first album to be released through Eden's Watchtower Records.


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Nate B

i didn't write that other review
so there are other Nate's that like the music...


Rich mosaic of sound
Great sound, happy but with depth and emotional richness.

Laura T Lynch of

Vibrant !
The Happies are five key players including four vocalists along with guest musicians who handle the steel, trumpet and violin. The Happies sound is a blend of British, pop and rock. At times they craft lush soundscapes that are reminiscent of The Beach Boys. Some of their songs on this thirteen-track collection have an atmospheric, dreamy quality while others blend the best of classic and modern rock. The Happies pen songs that are sublime in arrangements that are quite catchy. 'Sun Don't Shine' melds modern keys with imaginative mixes of pop and rock textures. 'Open Up' and 'Holy Places' are also strong with their creative blends of ideas and musical styles. The Happies are a cheery band creating colorful vibrant music!


Even better than Pick My Wart
Long time Happies fan, and this is their best music yet. Awesome CD, I highly recommend it!


This Nate wants ten copies for his co-workers
Can anyone better that request? It's an awesome CD. They've heard it. They love it. Does it matter if I've written two reviews?


an album worth listening to
Ok, someone who is not a personal friend, blood relative or band member needs to write a review here. But despite our bias, it IS really good.


Makes You Smile
A wonderful mix of well produced songs that you can't help but hum along to!


Absolutely Wonderful!
I absolutely love this album, especially "everything's fine, cover your eyes"! You've got to hear this album.


Excellent as usual
Or- should I say brilliant as usual?