The Super Happy Fun Club

After hearing The Super Happy Fun Club’s debut effort “Go Fun Yourself”, I immediately predicted sensational forthcomings for the quirkily named Chicago rock outfit. Their distinct, whiskey fuelled take on rock n roll has helped this band take the UK press by storm and earned them a tour support slot for Madina Lake.

It’s an unmistakable irony when you discover the bands dark past, as the lives of the bandmates involved have taken a steep transition from skating on thin ice to creating this band as a way to translate bitter struggles into genre defying musical craftmanship. Issues such as losing the ones you love and fighting serious drinking dillemas has never sounded so infuriatingly catchy.

All Funned Up follows in the path set out by their debut, through an explosive birth in the form of “Who Drank My Beer”, but shows an overall desire to formulate a more holistic approach to the record rather than clinging to Go Fun Yourself’s stop-start, pop fuelled massacre. This bands main charm stems from their no nonsense, fist pumping inducing anthems, as well as an optimistic pop tinge in their pulsating instrumentals influenced by punchy, positive piano chords. There’s moments of emotion which stray from their traditional overdose of fun, as the likes of “Enemy”, “Good Year” and “Angels Cry” strike valorous strides of heartfelt songwriting. Their anthemic gang vocals which define a healthy chunk of their aroma shine brightly in lead single “Way Back (The Conflict)” through a singalong which sweeps you off your feet into nothing less than a dedicated shout back of the chorus.

The Super Happy Fun Club

It’s the same old band we loved back in 2011, but loaded with appropriate injections of maturity and a full length studio album to carry them the extra mile. You can’t help but smile when their pop tinged, rock n roll anthems take over your speakers, because their likeability factor matches their raw, honest songwriting and surging talent. If you’re seeking the UK’s next International invader; prepare yourself for this band’s future. I expect the people of Britain will have the sense to heed my words of warning and head out to see them on tour with Madina Lake later this year. To put it simply, The Super Happy Fun Club are super awesome.

UK Tour w/ Madina Lake – Sept/Oct 2013

20/9/2013 Dublin, Ireland at Academy
22/9/2013 Cardiff, Club IFORBACH
23/9/2013 Exeter, at the Cavern
24/9/2013 Bristol, at the Fleece
25/9/2013 Oxford, at o2 Academy 2
27/9/2013 Gloucester at Guild Hall
28/9/2013 Milton Keynes at Craufurd Arms
29/9/2013 Coventry at Kasbah
30/9/2013 Birmingham at Institute
02/10/2013 Leicester at 02 Academy 2
03/10/2013 Stoke at Sugar Mill
04/10/2013 Wrexham at Central Station
05/10/2013 Liverpool at 02 Academy 2
06/10/2013 Manchester at NQ Live
08/10/2013 Leeds at Cockpit
09/10/2013 Newcastle at Uni
10/10/2013 Glasgow at King Tuts
12/10/2013 York at Fibbers
13/10/2013 Sheffield at Corporation
15/10/2013 Lincoln at Tokyo
16/10/2013 Nottingham at Rescue Rooms
17/10/2013 Colchester at Arts Centre
18/10/20/13 Folkstone at Quarterhouse
19/10/2013 Tunbridge Wells at the Forum
20/10/2013 Guildford at Boiler Room
22/10/2013 Portsmouth at Wedgewood Rooms
23/10/2013 London at Garage


Words by George Fullerton.

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