Indie Rockers Happy Little Clouds Host Charitable Release Party for Debut Album Shift
Boston, Massachusetts — June 21, 2016 — Boston-based indie rockers Happy Little Clouds take the stage at O’Brien’s Pub in Boston, MA on Saturday, July 9, 2016 to mark the release of their debut album, Shift. Already a staple in the Boston music club circuit, Shift marks the beginning of a new chapter for the band.
“We took songs that we had been playing for years and some new ones, too, and melded them together with a lot feeling, passion and focus,” says lead singer/guitarist Jac Mestel. “To me, the album feels like the anticipation and build up of emotions that overwhelm you just before something really big happens and you know nothing will ever be the same.”
The release party will also feature other Boston-based bands, poetry, live art, and an art auction benefiting the Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB). Bands include The Rationales, PowerSlut, and 2016 Rock and Roll Rumble contestants, The Knock Ups. Alex Charalambides and Nicholas Earl Davis, hosts of Worcester’s “The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show,” will perform poetry between music and act as emcees and auctioneers for the night. Featured live artists include Dug McCormack, Amber Tortorelli and Leilani Roser.
With its bluesy vocals, rocking guitars, and catchy melodies, Shift sets the energy from the band’s live performances against the passionately sung lyrics of Mestel’s songwriting. Mestel drew inspiration from her personal journey discovering a queer identity –– and love and heartbreak along the way –– to craft songs that are honest and unfiltered.
“These songs have been my outlet for so many years and this album is the culmination of that. It represents all the angst and frustration and also all the self-discovery, love, and loss I’ve felt up to this point in life. Pretty relatable stuff,” says Mestel.
Shift was recorded over five days at The Halo, a converted barn outside Portland, Maine. Mestel says she chose the studio, after hearing about it from a mutual friend of producer Jonathan Wyman and learning that one of her favorite local New England bands, When Particles Collide, had recorded there.
On Saturday, July 9, Happy Little Clouds will release, Shift, the band’s first studio album, in one jam-packed show. The event will raise money for GRCB while bringing together the local music, art and poetry scenes. The band hopes the night will inspire future collaborations among Boston’s talented artist communities.
The first track of the album, “Beneath” was released as a single for digital download on June 21, which can be heard at http://merch.happylittleclouds.com/track/beneath. To get tickets to the show, visit http://bit.do/happylittleparty2016 and to RSVP to the Facebook event visit http://bit.do/happylittleparty2016fb. Shift will be available for purchase and download on July 9, 2016. Those who donate $10 or more to GRCB at the show will get the album for free. For more information about Happy Little Clouds, visit happylittleclouds.com.
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Jac Mestel (vox/guitar). Graphic designer by day, rocker by night. Songwriter, driver, lover, vegan, dog-obsessed, entrepreneurial, introspective, healer, Sagittarius, happy little cloud.