Premiere: Double Happiness - 'Electric Sheep' / 'Staring At The Walls'
Melbourne-trio unveil a double debut release of dark shoegaze and post punk sounds - take a first listen
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Emerging from the ashes of former Naarm-based garage punks PLEBS is Double Happiness, who after playing some shows and teasing new music last year have delivered the goods on debut single Electric Sheep, featuring the equally-single-worthy B-side, Staring At The Walls. Out February 9, both cuts are premiering on Pilerats today.
In a contrast to the lofi, undeniably Australian garage punk rock of PLEBS, the sound of Double Happiness’ debut singles sees them taking things in a more atmospheric direction, taking cues from 80s darkwave & post punk and golden era shoegaze, resulting layered yet dynamic cuts. Driving rhythm sections meet ethereal synths and fuzzy guitar leads, while Sam Jemsek’s vocals blend beautifully with the mix.
Thematically, Electric Sheep sees the band tackling A.I. controversies - not spurred by current discussions, rather the groundbreaking LaMDA A.I. case from some years ago. The single explores the implications of sentience without physical form through a droney, shoegaze lens. Staring at the Walls is more of a dark post punk cut that lyrically explores somewhat of a stockholm syndrome situation between prisoner and captor.
With influences including Mochat Doma, Boy Harsher and Buzz Kull, the band speak on the inspiration for their new sound saying “We caught Buzz Kull when they opened for Boy Harsher in Melbourne, and I think seeing what he was doing with such a minimal set-up was what made us all think “yeah we can do this. We can make something really good here.”
We’d have to agree - check out both cuts ahead of release:
Double Happines' new single Electric Sheep / Staring At The Walls is out February 9
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