Hull’s bdrmm caught our attention twice in 2019 with Shame and Question Mark. The follow those songs up in exquisite style with Happy – a track from their debut album – which is due out later this year.
The shoegaze mysticism of previous tracks remains at the heart and soul of Happy. Still, the band have brought out other elements that lay within their sound. Post-punk and dreampop are certainly in the mix, but the song successfully combines the seemingly opposite poles those genres represent. The firm, cold hand of the lead guitar is met head-on by the daydream vocals and emphatic energy of the rhythm section, reflecting the certainty and positivity of the lyrics.
Frontman Ryan Smith says: “Happy holds a special place in my heart and we never will tire of playing it. It all stems from that realisation in a break-up that you’re over the worst of it, you can move on, and you can wish the other well. Resentment is toxic, this is about letting go.”
Happy is out now via Sonic Cathedral; you can also listen to the track on Bandcamp and Spotify. Be sure to check the bdrmm out over on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and maybe throw them a follow or two to keep up with news about the song, release date for the album, and much more.