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Happy (2012)

Artist: Bush Tetras
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Format: CD
Sku: 242277631
UPC: 053436832424
UPC 14: 00053436832424
Release Date: 11/13/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Heart Attack ~ Bush Tetras
2. Slap ~ Bush Tetras
3. Trip ~ Bush Tetras
4. Nails ~ Bush Tetras
5. Chinese Afro ~ Bush Tetras
6. Pretty Thing ~ Bush Tetras
7. You Don't Know Me ~ Bush Tetras
8. Buckets Of Blood ~ Bush Tetras
9. Motorhead ~ Bush Tetras
10. Theremin ~ Bush Tetras
11. Ocean ~ Bush Tetras
12. Swamp Song ~ Bush Tetras

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Cynthia Sley (vocals, percussion); Pat Place (guitar, background vocals); Dee Pop (drums, percussion, background vocals); Julia Murphy (background vocals).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Dee Pop.
Muze PNote Recording information: Dessau; Shelter Studios, NYC.
Muze PNote The Bush Tetras' Happy was originally recorded for PolyGram subsidiary Tim/Kerr Records in 1998. It was produced by Gumball frontman Don Fleming. When Seagrams bought Polygram and consolidated its host of labels, they laid off numerous employees including publicists, A&R people, and over 200 bands, the Bush Tetras among them. Happy was shelved. Numerous attempts to release it were thwarted due to lost contracts, corporate mergers, and other business snafus, while the band continued to play live. Happy was rescued from obscurity by ROIR -- a label that has been associated with the band since its founding. ROIR issued a compilation in 2007 entitled Very Very Happy, which contained earlier versions of "Nails" and "Motorhead," which are also found here, but this is a completely separate album, and these versions are the originals. To date, this 1998 record is the last studio recording from the band, whose original lineup of vocalist Cynthia Sley, guitarist Pat Place, and drummer Dee Pop was enhanced by bassist Julia Murphy after Laura Kennedy left (and eventually passed away). The Bush Tetras of Happy offer a fuller, more aggressive, looser, rawer, darker sound than the one displayed on 1996's Nona Hendryx-produced Beauty Lies. Sley's voice is right up front in the mix where it belongs, but its edges and limitations are accented more than disguised. While Happy is quite consistent, there are standouts, including the two aforementioned songs, which have remained staples of their live set. Also notable are "You Don't Know Me" and "Chinese Afro," both examples of maximal, rockist funk. Place's guitar fractures riffs, taking melody to its most angular extremes while spitting out distorted vamps and power chords. Murphy's basslines are complex, funky, and in the pocket, while Pop plays with a jazzman's sense of time and adventure, and a rocker's sense of attack. The moody darkness in the band's mature sound can be heard best on "Heart Attack," "Buckets of Blood," and especially "Oceans." Happy finds the Bush Tetras at a fully mature peak, where they're clearly invested in the creative aspect of the recording process yet in places they capture the chaotic energy of their live performances. Fleming's production is lean enough to allow the inspired playing to come to the fore and disciplined enough to showcase the BT's considerable songwriting chops. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Don Fleming

Engineer: Bil Emmons

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/13/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : RUSCD 8324
Music Label Name Label : ROIR
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00053436832424

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Bush Tetras
Product attributeLabel:   Roir Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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