SARAH AVRIN: sarah@girlie.com  

KAYLA MONETTA kayla@girlie.com



LA art-punk outfit, Happy Hollows, were founded by two polar opposites — bohemian California native Sarah Negahdari, and Washington, DC Ph.D. student and bassist Charlie Mahoney. The two met at a strip mall where Sarah was working as a tarot reader just after Mahoney had relocated to LA. The band would go on to spend the next couple of years transforming into a staple of LA’s underground music scene, touring across the country with indie-favorites like Lucius, Japandroids, Silversun Pickups, Deerhoof, and Wavves. Two albums later, Happy Hollows are back with a brand new album, Concordia, due out September 8th.

Happy Hollows’ magnetic stage presence and striking musical chops put them on the map when they released their critically acclaimed debut album, Spells in 2009. The band’s 2013 follow-up, Amethyst, initiated an inner hunger for sonic experimentation, incorporating lush synths and melodic guitar lines to propel Sarah’s soaring vocals. Concordia celebrates Happy Hollows’ evolved sonic aesthetic, showcasing analog synth melodies, polyrhythmic drumming, and angular guitars.

The duo enlisted the help of Los Angeles producer Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast) and London producer and mixing engineer Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode, Interpol, Liars) on Concordia. The collection represents the peak of Happy Hollows’ artistic progression, combining the live dynamism and energy of their early releases with the creative sonic palette and layered synth arrangements of their recent work. Hometown LA fans can catch the band live on July 17 at The Echo. Stay tuned for more news and opportunities to experience their dynamic live show.