Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Saturday 28th October, 7.30pm
Very limited tickets via >> seetickets.com/event/happy-meals/hyde-park-book-club/1147491
We're delighted to welcome Glasgow based duo Happy Meals to the Hyde Park Book Club for an intimate headline show in October. They have recently toured with Flaming Lips and are about to shoot off opening for Liars. As recent releases on Night School and Optimo/So Low promise, you're in for a great dance party. Very few tickets available.
'A Glasgow-based duo in thrall to minimalist Euro disco, who sing in French and are huge in the Russian underground scene, sounds like some sort of hideous hipster fantasy. But Happy Meals are very much real, and very good. Having met at high school, it was eight years before Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook started formulating ideas that would become Happy Meals—ice cold synths and smooth grooves, all built around abstract ideas rather than pre-determined structures. Since then, acclaim has come quickly—they’ve not only found themselves playing to delighted Moscow clubbers, but debut mini-album Apéro was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year. Their sultry synthpop and cosmic take on Italo is sure to bring them wider recognition in 2017 though, so watch out for one of electronic music’s best-kept secrets tearing up a dance floor or a party near you soon.'
Drowned In Sound 2017
'Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony Volumes IV-VI'
Glasgow's much loved Happy Meals are back, dropping the inaugural release on Optimo Music's new So Low offshoot. The follow up to the excellent «Apero» LP on Night School, «Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony» finds hardware fanatics Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook turning their attention both upwards and inwards, exploring the healing frequencies and cosmic energy within us all. Bookended by a pair of mind-expanding, vision weaving synth drones, the LP drifts through the echo drenched drum machines, pastoral synth riffs and digital flute loops of «May You Be...», the comforting ambience of «Full Ashram Emerging Theme» and intergalactic exotica of «Every Moment Is A Birth». Though each of these pieces offer distinct moods and melodies, the album is sequenced for seamless listening, so light your incense, turn off the lights and take the journey.
“…from the nine minute celestial sashay of ‘Crystal Salutation’ thru the off-kilter Maria Minerva-isms of ‘Electronic Disco’ or the chiming boogie of 'Altered Images’ to blown-out dub-pop sweetnuss in 'The Age Of Love’, and the Balearic acid of 'Le Voyage’. Top notch.'