happydiving(Happy Diving. photo: AV Club)

Birthed in the suburbs of the East Bay but now distributed across the West Coast, Happy Diving turned heads in 2014, releasing a self-titled EP and their debut LP, Big World, a 10-song, unapologetic tribute to guitar rock, using fuzz and big leads to maximum effect, aligning themselves with similarly minded acts such as California X.

Since then the group have toured sparingly, but are returning this summer with their sophomore LP, following a 7″ release on Topshelf Records. Entitled Electric Soul Unity, the first two singles show the band picking up right where they left off. The dense, pop punk infused riffing on “Holy Ground” is led by Matt Berry’s distinct baritone vocal, but “Head Spell” see’s the band exploring more nuanced territory, invoking some of the ballad-esque sing alongs Third Eye Blind does so well.

At the end of the month, Happy Diving will be heading out on their first tour of the states, and the shows are looking to be a who’s who of the underground. Listen to the new music below and check out the tour dates; the Oakland kickoff is on the 23rd at Sgraffito Gallery.

Happy Diving, Provoker, Pardoner, Snooze
Sgraffito
July 23rd, 2016
7pm, $5

TOUR DATES
07/23 – Oakland, CA – Sgraffito
07/24 – Santa Rosa, CA – Arlene Francis Center (w/ Gun Outfit)
07/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hi Hat
07/26 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
07/27 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
07/28 – Albuquerque, NM – Small Engine Gallery
07/29 – Oklahoma City, OK – TBD
07/30 – Ft Worth, TX – Purple Palace
07/31 – Houston, TX – Vinyl Edge Records
08/01 – New Orleans, LA – Saturn Bar
08/02 – Nashville, TN – Two Boots
08/04 – Richmond, VA – TBD
08/05 – Raleigh, NC -Pinhook
08/06 – Baltimore, MD – TBD
08/07 – Philadelphia, PA – Lava Space
08/08 – Brooklyn, NY – Shea Stadium (w/ Ovlov, Patio, Peaer)
08/10 – Providence, RI – Tommy’s Place
08/11 – Boston, MA – Great Scott (w/ Kindling, California X)
08/12 – Amherst, MA – TBD
08/13 – Montreal, QB – Poisson Noir
08/14 – Toronto, ON – Smiling Buddha
08/15 – Detroit, MI – TBD
08/16 – Milwaukee, WI – High Dive
08/17 – Bloomington, IN – Jan’s Rooms
08/18 – Eau Claire, WI – TBD
08/19 – Duluth, MN – Northern Isolation Fest
08/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Dead Media (early show)
08/21- Sioux Falls, SD – Total Drag
08/24 – Calgary, AB – Tubby Dog
08/26 – Vancouver, BC – Antisocial Skate Shop
08/27 – Olympia, WA – TBD
08/29 – Seattle, WA – Neumos (w/ Chastity Belt, So Pitted)
08/30 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (w/ Creative Adult, Plush)