ABOVE: LET’S BUY HAPPINESS. PHOTO COURTESY OF IAN WEST.
Sarah Hall (vocals), James Hall (guitar/keys), Graeme Martin (guitars), Mark Brown (bass) and James King (drums), of the alternative rock quintet Let’s Buy Happiness, started their career at a small pub in Newcastle, England. Within a year, the band found itself sharing the stage with Foals, Florence and the Machine, The xx, and Mumford and Sons at the 2010 Glastonbury Festival. Their single “Dirty Lakes” made it on to Spotify’s Songs of 2011 list. After this career crescendo, the band took time to produce their debut album, the forthcoming Chants for Friends. “The album took four years to form in the way we wanted it to,” says vocalist Sarah Hall. “It’s inspirations vary from track to track as my thoughts and opinions have drifted over time, and together it works a collection of moments about a range of topics, from atoms to building a home.”
Their first single off the album, “Run,” which we’re pleased to premiere above, showcases Hall’s angelic vocals. She explains that the song is “about that person you may know, friend or family, who has an inability to face up to truths and their destructive behaviors.” A melancholic sentiment, yes, but it’s impossible for Hall’s falsetto to bring you down.
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