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Monday, January 13, 2014

Stream: Happy Diving's Debut EP Scratches Your '90s Fuzz-Pop Itch

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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Last week, we acquainted you with the charmingly blown-out fuzz pop of newish East Bay trio Happy Diving, which conjures memories of such halcyon '90s bummer-rock outfits as Weezer, Dinosaur Jr., and Guided By Voices. (Or Yuck, for you young'uns.) After grabbing the eyeballs of Pitchfork with the single, "Sincere," and following up with the excellent "Never Been," Happy Diving this week releases its debut self-titled EP via the local Father/Daughter label: four songs of deft songcraft, postadolescent angst, and stomp-boxes turned all the way up. The band is four dudes in their early 20s -- Matthew Berry (Guitar/Vocals), Matthew Yankovich (Guitar), Mikey Rivera (Bass) and Samuelito Cruz (Drums) -- who started playing together after their previous projects fell apart. Recorded with Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden studio on the Peninsula, Happy Diving is four songs of ear-bleeding pop-rock, with vibes and melodies that belie the band members' apparent youth. Stream the EP below -- you can download it tomorrow and get a cassette version Feb. 18:

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Happy Diving performs at Bottom of the Hill on Jan. 24 and at Rickshaw Stop March 21.

-- @iPORT

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