Back in 2011, The Super Happy Fun Club were riding on an all time high. Their debut record, Go Fun Yourself, was selling by the bucket-load, receiving high praise from UK press, they'd toured the UK and Europe with hometown friends Madina Lake, and the future looked very bright indeed. Tragedy however was not far away. The Super Happy Fun Club are a group of friends that have lived and breathed the scene for the most of their lives. Bound by lifelong friendships, and drawing the energy for their music from their collective experience, in the time since Go Fun Yourself, the band have endured the death of a close friend, the end of lead singer Stubhy's marriage, as well as the resulting fallout from the band's own destructive tendencies with alcohol.
So, finding themselves in a markedly different situation to the one in which they recorded their debut, struggling to find ways to deal with what they'd been through, the band questioned where to go. The answer? Hole themselves up in your home studio and make music you love with your best friends. The resulting record acted as a kind of therapy, as Stubhy comments:
"We got to really come together on this record musically and develop our sound as a band. This is a cohesive record about getting through a miserable time but finding hope after hitting rock bottom. I hope everyone that's been through a hard time can find some strength in these songs and sing and scream along with us triumphantly! The ultimate reward will be playing these songs for our friends in the UK!"
Tracks like Move On, Enemy and Fine Distraction all signpost the gruelling journey the band have made over the last couple of years, while elsewhere the likes of Way Back are marked out as a firm reminder of why we fell in love with TSHFC in the first place. Proving once again their mastery over the emotive pop-punk heartbreaker in Good Year (a co-write with Tom Higgenson of Plain White T's), with a bit of luck, 2013 will be nothing less.
Sept / Oct 2013 UK tour dates:
9/20/13 Dublin, Ireland at Academy
9/22/13 Cardiff, ClubIFORBACH
9/23/13 Exeter, at the Cavern
9/24/13 Bristol, at the Fleece
9/25/13 Oxford, at o2 Academy 2
9/27/13 Gloucester at Guild Hall
9/28/13 Milton Keynes at Craufurd Arms
9/29/13 Coventry at Kasbah
9/30/13 Birmingham at Institute
10/02/13 Leicester at 02 Academy 2
10/03/13 Stoke at Sugar Mill
10/04/13 Wrexham at Central Station
10/05/13 Liverpool at 02 Academy 2
10/06/13 Manchester at NQ Live
10/08/13 Leeds at Cockpit
10/09/13 Newcastle at Uni
10/10/13 Glasgow at King Tuts
10/12/13 York at Fibbers
10/13/13 Sheffield at Corporation
10/15/13 Lincoln at Tokyo
10/16/13 Nottingham at Rescue Rooms
10/17 Colchester at Arts Centre
10/18/13 Folkstone at Quarterhouse
10/19/13 Tunbridge Wells at the Forum
10/20/13 Guildford at Boiler Room
10/22/13 Portsmouth at Wedgewood Rooms
10/23/13 London at Garage
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