September 28, 2009

Live Review: The Happy Hollows

Gibson Showroom // Beverly Hills, CA // Sept. 15, 2009

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, L.A.-based The Happy Hollows played an intimate 10-song set to a small crowd at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills. The band to played a set in the performance room, to promote their new album, Spells, which should be released in October. For such a small crowd and venue, the band certainly filed the room with as much energy as it would take to play a stadium. The set was tight and well-rehearsed, and the band played most of the songs from Spells, introducing their new music to the eager audience. Sarah Negahdari, the energetic front woman, clearly stole the show with her experimental, shouted vocals and heavy-duty guitar shredding. In each song she took a guitar solo, dropping to her knees or humping around stage, bumping into bassist Charlie Mahoney, who does his fair share of head banging and body lunges. Chris Hernandez, the drummer, masters his primal drumbeats and centers the band’s sound, which is close to chaotic, yet prominent in rhythm. The trio brilliantly works together to put on a show that you can’t tear your eyes from, and their noise-pop, almost punk-sounding music accompanies their unique performance.

-Review by Sasha Patpatia

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