One of our favorite discoveries in new music over the past year: unhappybirthday are from Wismar, Germany and offer something very nice in their approach to minimalist synth pop/melodic post punk. They have that upbeat sad song thing going that always feels so good. We can't help but think if Jürgen Gleue and the 39 Clocks had made soundtracks for those early John Hughes films - this is what it might sound like. Similarities to fellow German fronted post punkers Horrid Red could be made as well, but unhappybirthday totally stand on their own as well. This one has already gotten a lot of repeat listening here at the Night-People HQ, so we don't want to overstate what this music is or it isn't, we just think its good in a simple well recorded ultra catchy way with all the right flourishes of sonic details when needed. Lead man Daniel Jahn has one of those somber slightly baritone voices seemingly beyond his years. With a prior cassette on Crash Symbols and some Euro touring under their belts this trio is just getting started and we are sure they are capable of upcoming great things.
"Simple in structure but resonant in scope, the few songs on this tape capture the perfect balance of sad and lonely catchiness that makes spending hours in a bedroom listening on repeat seem not only reasonable but necessary."
-Raven Sings The Blues
"The aural haze and meta-emotions surrounding this brief record are ones of downcast preening and wistful bleakness, things that hung around in the air of Thatcher-era London and pre-Euro collapse Berlin."
-Tome To The Weather Machine
"I can't remember ever having heard something so 80s indebted and yet so simple and warm. It helps that Daniel Ja's vocals are both German and have the husky, distant timbre that evokes Vaseline-lensed cameras and lily-gilded windowsills, black overcoats and gondola rides in narrow canals through an urban jungle on an overcast day."