London band Happyness return with their first new music in three years with their latest single ‘Vegetable’ taken from their forthcoming new album.
The new material is birthed around the somewhat turbulent recent lives of founding members Jonny Allan and Ash Kenazi went through a break-up and coming-out respectively. “A phrase that Ash says the whole time after crazy-party-nights is ‘I’m as great as I am because I destroyed myself’ and I think a vegetable is like that,” Allan explains.
“It’s been a while since we wrote it, we’ve done a lot of living and had…quite a good time…but when we wrote it quite fresh off the back of the band-thing breaking up and having to look very specifically at all of the shit that had led us to having to make a lot of life changes and I think it’s a bit of a destructive triumph vibe. Like a pheonix from the fucking ashes vibe.”
Furthermore, in their time away from the band, both members focused on side projects with Kenazi recently taking the decision to begin performing in drag, which is a brave move within a scene that—at least on the surface—appears to have a specific set of rules and a dress code that doesn’t differ much. Kenazi explains that he “weirdly just couldn’t be myself” and points out that “drag is actually quite punk, in the 70s and 80s, drag elements were so important to quite a few artists.”
Allan added: “We used to play out to the indie crowd and it’s crazy how unique it is for them to have a drag queen walk into the room and just…totally wreck the standard model of a little soft-core guitar show. The complacency of the whole scene was at peak level.
“There are a lot of people in the room at spaces that are kind of associated with the music we’ve always made that are like Ash who, until he was 24 thought he had to conform.”
Now, the first cut from this new and rebirthed Happyness, has arrived today as Far Out Magazine’s Track of the Day.
Stream it, below.