This song is the combined feeling of resignation, frustration and exhaustion that immediately follows the exchange ‘how are you?’ ‘good, and you?’ ‘good.’ Which is by no means a ding – the song booms.
Happy Diving‘s “So Bunted” is just over two minutes, a loud and succinct sentence, ramped up with bounce and the constant threat (or tease, depending who you are) of feedback. This is the first of two songs on the So Bunted 7” EP, and their first release on Topshelf Records out July 17.
Like your all-time favorite suburb, the song is pent up and warm, it is unceremonious and for better than worse completely familiar. “It’s hard to be bummed when I’m in my zone/ it’s hard to be missed when you’re never gone,” Matt Berry says (yeah, in my mind he says, not sings, these lyrics). In this proverbial suburb, Weezer is the song’s older brother and Swervedriver is the neighbor Mom won’t let it play with, but it does a little anyway.
The EP was recorded in four hours with Jack Shirley, which is to say Happy Diving sounds this full with minimal takes and studio tinkering, which is to say check out this string of tour dates below the track. They’ll be accompanying Never Young.
Happy Diving Tour Dates:
07/15 – Oakland, CA – One Fam
07/23 – Santa Rosa, CA – The Funk Den
07/24 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside (w/ King Woman)
07/25 – Santa Cruz, CA – Cafe Pergolesi
07/29 – Merced, CA – Tigers & Daggers Records
09/04 – 09/06 – Berkeley, CA – Resurrect Cali Fest – 924 Gilman