Thanks to the most awesome mom in the world (present company INCLUDED), I have discovered a new band. Let’s talk Happy Hour and their single “White Girl Drinks.”
Tilian Pearson‘s mom (Mama Pearson to you) dropped this gem of a tune on Facebook today, and since she raised Tilian, I consider her an authority on all things beautiful in the world. So I clicked play and oh sweet baby jeeps yes … Happy Hour is in every Dance Gavin Dance fan’s wheelhouse. In fact on their bandcamp page they list themselves as swancore. Yes, the beauty of that is absolute. There is no denying the DGD influence in the opening lines of this track as Nate Promku and Eric Hidalgo trade lines in messy/clean vocal unity.
I’m ready to order
A pumpkin spiced latte
Three shots of espresso
And please no whip cream
The messy vocals and lyrical ass-whipping are pure Jon Mess. It’s everything about post hardcore that you want, need, or could ask for. When Promku glides in with the clean vocals, it answers the question, “What would happen if Johnny Craig returned to DGD?” The lyrics of the song are pure commentary in free-association styling. If I could pull quotes as examples I would be quoting the entire piece, it’s that solid. Digs at pop culture and blatant political outrage are sprinkled atop this gorgeous piece like cinnamon atop your nondairy foam. Happy Hour is proof that our current dark age is birthing a renaissance.
If you love the madness of DGD, you can’t miss out on Miami’s Happy Hour. I’ll be checking out their show on May 12th when they play one of my hometown clubs American Rock Bar & Grill. In the meantime feast your ears and your heart on the beauty that is Happy Hour.