Edinburgh, Scotland based 4 piece rock band, happydaze have announced their EP, Full Free Radical due out May 12th via Thriller Records. Along with this news comes the release of the title track single, "(Full Free) Radical," accompanied by a retro-inspired music video.
"(Full Free) Radical'' was produced by Mike Green (New Found Glory, All Time Low, Real Friends) and features the band's signature sound with a sing-along chorus that will take you straight to summer. The track's VHS feel visual has a nostalgic 90's vibe that will have you looking for the rewind button. Watch the video below.
"(Full Free) Radical' shines a light on chaos, 'blow up my life/go full free radical.' making the decision that changes everything. Lyrics speak to perspective, 'now I got your ticket lets go for the ride/you say it ain't different it's the same every time.' On the second verse it's about how it doesn’t hurt, you just need to 'learn how to fly"'to find your way." - Vocalist Luke Bovill
The story of happydaze began in an abandoned barn, at a battle of the bands contest outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was there a 15yr old Luke Bovill (vocals) met Pete Bunting (drums) for the first time. Despite being competitors on the day the two kept in touch, always expressing a desire to one day collaborate and play together. Following the break up of bands and numerous creative relationships dissolving, early 2020 found the pair able to start something new. At this point Luke brought in college friend Rory Gault-Gordon (guitar) and at a later date Pete asked Adam Campbell (guitar) from the Edinburgh scene to join. It was here happydaze was formed.
Shortly after the band came together, the upheaval and uncertainty of the global pandemic placed the world on pause. Despite the clear restrictions, the band threw themselves into happydaze with a focus and enthusiasm that immediately was different from any of their previous projects. Luke remembers “Like everyone we were unsure of how long we would be stuck in the house for, quickly realized we had the time to work on what we REALLY wanted happydaze to be. This ended up being months and months of zoom calls to write songs - me in my flat, Pete in the studio, which is fortunately round the corner from his place - going over every detail. 16-hour days in rooms with no windows, building something up from scratch. The band really gave us purpose in such uncertain times, and now that we have opportunities to share it with the world and hear how the songs resonate with people.”
Following the release of a series of singles in ‘21, the band’s debut EP ‘Underground Summer Sound’ was released early ‘22. With the world opening up the band jumped straight into touring, playing their first headline shows in the UK to the fanbase they’d built during the past year. This was swiftly followed by a run opening for Neck Deep that also took them into mainland Europe for the first time as well as further UK shows in the year with Between You & Me and dates with ROAM. Alongside the band continued to build their audience and pick up media coverage at Rock Sound, Kerrang, Radio 1 Rock Show as well as Spotify editorial support at New Music Friday, All New Rock, Pop-Punk’s Not Dead and Misfits 2.0.
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