London indie-punk trio Happy Accidents have revealed a brand new single and music video for Running ahead of the release of their debut album You Might Be Right, which will be available via Alcopop! Records on 1 July. Rich from the band says “Running is our token existential crisis song. It stemmed from my brief stint with meditation and is about whether knowing that you’re a puny mortal human is terrifying or comforting. For the video, we did what we do best, which is obviously play with kites and scooters. As I’m sure is evident when you watch it, we shot it ourselves and it was dead good fun!”
The pre-order for the album is also now live and special bundles include an illustrated zine companion piece put together by the band. Happy Accidents will be heading off on tour following the album release with a string of headline shows and festival appearances plotted, including a show at Manchester’s Star and Garter on 27 July.
Drawing influence from The Thermals, The Pixies, as well as their peers in the UK’s thriving DIY scene, Happy Accidents craft the kind of earworms that will be rattling round your head for months to come. While adept at sugar-coated choruses and ‘four to the floor’ disco drums, the disparity between the music and the lyrics showcases the great dichotomy of Happy Accidents. The album deals with matters such as social anxiety and societal pressures, with first single Leaving Parties Early raising questions of identity within the context of attending parties where you don’t quite know if you fit in. This contrast runs throughout the record, with the band pairing introspective lyrics with the biggest hooks they can muster.
Formed by brothers Rich and Neil Mandell and Phoebe Cross back in 2014, the band fuse their deep-seated love of 90s punk and indie, whilst still managing to sound as fresh as any of their contemporaries. Quickly making a name for themselves within DIY punk circles, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Front Bottoms, Martha, Muncie Girls, and countless others.
Happy Accidents perform at Manchester’s Star and Garter on 27 July 2016.