Friday August 19th 9 pm $10
In months like August, only the most foolhardy or the most brave venture south instead of north. Despite this, the pull of the mythical winds of Wellington bring two Auckland-based bands down to the welcoming warmth of Happy Bar, joined by friends old and new to entice audiences out of their homes.
Locals What Noisy Cats write country/folk influenced songs and then infuse them with a healthy dose of rock to make them, well, just a little bit noisy. Fun and upbeat and definitely not to be missed, What Noisy Cats are fast making a name for themselves around the traps as writers of fantastic songs and purveyors of fun times.
Great North will appear as a two-piece - a rare incarnation of this usual five-piece act that enchants with the intimacy and directness of their beautifully crafted songs. Hayden Donnell and Rachel Harrison will bringing both new material and songs already familiar from their debut album 'Newfoundland' in their first visit to the capital since their album release tour in 2010.
The brooding pathos of Luckless revisits Happy for the second time this winter, sending metaphorical electrical sparks from their guitar-and-drums two-piece line up. The minimalism of the line-up belies the astonishing volume Luckless creates on stage, belting out indie-rock energy that subsides into melancholic reflection and then roars back with astonishing swiftness.
After enchanting with the gradual release of their new album Escape Songs, the ever-rotating cast of The Body Lyre will be a beautiful cap to this evening of fine music. With their stark, lush, minimalist music, The Body Lyre shy away from trends, and with Escape Songs have crafted an album that truly stands apart from the many fad-following bands that flood the industry.
Tickets are available at www.undertheradar.com, or can be bought on the door on the night. Bands will be playing from 9.30pm. Happy will be a haven from the cold and the wind on a potentially otherwise colourless August night.