Happy Little Clouds: Rock you feel in your gut.
Happy Little Clouds is a Boston-based indie rock band whose songs will stick with you rain or shine. The band’s unfiltered, heartfelt lyrics are layered over bluesy vocals, a vintage grunge sound, and catchy melodies.
". . . insanely catchy brand of indie-rock. . ."
Happy Little Clouds, the brain-child of Jac Mestel, began in 2010 and has featured a lineup of several talented local musicians over the years. The current line up of the band includes Jac Mestel on vocals and guitar, Rainy Maple Logan on drums, and Bishop Goguen on bass.
The band's newest release is the striking video for ‘Beneath.’ The video tells the tale of identity empowerment that centers on rejecting other's expectations and embracing one's true self, especially in terms of exploring, struggling with, or confirming gender identity. It brings the audience to a place where inner children lead the way as only they can.
A live screening of the video was held at ONCE Somerville in early 2018, supported by live music and theatrics. Attendees have described the video as an “emotional tour de force” and said, “it felt very empowering to watch someone respond to societal pressure with a stronger determination to be even more authentically themselves.” Boston’s 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Rumble winner Carissa Johnson, whose band performed at the screening, said, “The song is tremendously catchy and the video is a great representation of how a lot of people feel.” In addition to being a lot of raucous fun, the event raised awareness of issues surrounding transgender rights in Massachusetts, raising over $500 for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition in the process.
The band has received other recognition for the video in local publications like Vanyaland and Boston Hassle, and on the national level in the most well-known queer magazine, The Advocate. The band also showcased the video at several film festivals, most notably Austin's longest-running film festival, aGLIFF. Now, the video is up for a 2018 Boston Music Award.
Notable recent performances include opening for The Beths at Atwoods Tavern in Somerville, playing on the mainstage at the 2018 Boston Pride, playing with amazing local bands at Bust Out Boston 2018 festival, opening for the popular 90s "queer-core" band, Pansy Division, at ONCE Ballroom, and opening for Madame Gandhi aka Kiran Gandhi former drummer for M.I.A. So far in 2019, The band will open for Con Davison of Bad Bad Habits at Atwoods on January 27.
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