‘The Happy Alright’ is the title of a raw, 6-track explosion of cymbals, electric guitars and high-pitched singing posted on iTunes. The musicians? A trio of high school kids no more than 15 years old. You could say they were too young to be glorifying that precious hour of free or half-price drinks, but that’s not at all what young Sterling Gavinski was singing about. In the ‘Just Fine’ track he defiantly yells, ‘I’m still in my pajamas’ while informing the world of his intentions, or lack thereof, to get a degree, or indeed to grow up in the song titled ‘Don’t Make a Difference.’
But grow up Sterling did, along with Quinn Breitfeller and Bradley Barteau, his two bandmates. And apart from becoming older adolescents the three have built a name for themselves in Dallas, their hometown. While thrashing their instruments before crowds of cavorting teens they have managed to acquire a sizable fan base in Texas. The punk rockers have also shared the stage with recognized bands such as Less Than Jake and Action Item. In the coming months they will be hitting the studio to work on their first full length album, psyched from having just put together their first 3D music video. If things go according to plan The Happy Alright will become a household name all over the US in the next two or three years. By which time their debut LP will have put the world in a happy trance.
Don’t be surprised if fate unfolds that fast for this pop-punk outfit; it was, after all, only four years ago that Sterling, the group’s lead vocalist and song writer first picked up a guitar. Brad and Quinn had started out a bit earlier, the latter having taught himself everything about drums and bass. Being intense fans of Green Day, Blink-182, Fun, and Fall Out Boy, this band’s sound is similarly energetic and heart-on-sleeve; an adrenaline shot straight to the ventricle. When you catch yourself jumping up and down, wagging your head, eyes pressed shut as ‘Palm Trees’ or ‘Just Fine’ showers down from your speakers, don’t wonder or stop. That’s meant to happen.
And if it doesn’t then you’re not a teen or sufficiently young at heart to appreciate the sentiments painstakingly penned by Sterling. These songwriting skills, Sterling admits in an interview with Dallas news, are pretty much down to hours spent moshing to Green Day’s music. The upbeat tempo and catchy arrangements of The Happy Alright’s songs are not by accident. You’re meant to lose yourself in the music and have a good time every time you slip a Happy Alright CD into your player, or attend their gigs. That CD won’t be long in coming; the boys thoroughly loved every minute of the session that birthed their self-titled EP and Sterling’s desk is piled high with song sketches waiting to be turned into Gatorade-infused punk gems. If you can’t wait, download their samples from amazon, CD Baby or iTunes or check out their Facebook page to see where they’ll be performing next.
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