ALBUM REVIEW: Happy Accidents – You Might Be Right
As just one of the many excellent indie punk bands emerging from the DIY scene in the UK right now, Happy Accidents‘ debut album You Might Be Right is an engaging and versatile listen. The London three piece’s youthful energy and witty lyrics make for some excellent bedroom dances, but in a morose, Morrissey kind of way.
Granted, Happy Accidents are known for their catchy, indie-pop bangers, but we think that they need some credit for their quieter moments. You Might Be Right would verge on boring if it wasn’t for the occasional dip down into a stripped-back setting. Take the song Quiet, where, with thudding bass and drums, Mandell sings “the time for talk ain’t now”. The addition of drummer Phoebe Cross’ backing vocals also softens the song considerably. It adds such a cool dynamic, we kind of wish they’d utilised her vocals more throughout the record.
Spinning also begins with the similar paced drums before another catchy guitar riff shakes things up. Lyrically, Spinning is one of the most interesting tracks. We were drawn to the interesting anecdote about an out of control car and a near death experience from which the song gets its name. Is it a metaphor for the trust within a relationship and how sometimes you can be reminded of just how easily you could lose the one you love? Maybe. That’s what we’re getting out of it anyway.
You Might Be Right contains a huge amount of depth for a debut record, and you could spent so much time unpacking Mandell‘s lyrics and delighting in the excellent instrumentation all round that, if you’re looking for clear cut summer hits, you should probably go get your fix elsewhere and leave us indie kids to moodily do the sock hop in peace.
Standout Track: Leaving Parties Early
For Fans Of: Martha, The Front Bottoms, Great Cynics
Written by: Kathryn Woods