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“Their music joins buoyant call-and-response harmonies, rippling highlife-inspired guitar leads, !!!’s muscular funk-punk, and the spirited pulses of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music” –SPIN

Movement becomes contagious listening to Superhuman Happiness whose joyful sound has been dubbed “physical cinematic dance rock.” The relentlessly creative band rides the yes wave on their debut LP entitled Hands, a recording that runs the gamut from celebratory syncopated handclaps (“Our Favorite Part“) to the coronation grandeur of church bells (“Second Heart“), from art-pop dance beats (“See Me On My Way“) to math rock angularity (“Half Step Grind“). The lyrics to Superhuman Happiness songs come at you in a flurry of pop sensibility, but lean metaphysical, peppered amid the vastness of cinematic layers of instrumentation. Guitarists Luke O’Malley and Ryan Ferreira trade highlife picking and revving power chords as Nikhil Yerawadekar’s ropey bass lines weave and bob through the pulsing beats issued from Miles Arntzen’s drum kit. Waves of sound issue from Jared Samuel‘s array of analog keyboards and lush accents and colors from Eric Biondo‘s playful harmonies. Stuart Bogie’s horns, abetted by long-time collaborator Colin Stetson, round out Hands’ multi-dimensional sound.

Superhuman Happiness became known in Brooklyn for ecstatic dance parties at the famed club Zebulon where they’d often improvise extended versions of their songs. The band’s reputation further grew upon touring nationally with artists like Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, Sinkane and Red Baraat. Signed to Brooklyn indie label The Royal Potato Family, Superhuman Happiness has released an EP and a series of 7-inch singles prior to their debut Hands. They wrote and performed, with the accompaniment of Kronos Quartet, the score to the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, How To Survive A Plague. Other highlights include collaborating with Cults on the Red, Hot & Rio 2 compilation. Its members are all key NYC players with a collective resume that stretches across a dizzying array of talent, including Antibalas, Phenomenal Handclap Band, TV On The Radio, Iron & Wine, tUnE-yArDs and Martha Wainwright among numerous others. It’s together, however, where their individual voices coalesce into one shared vision. As Hands so eloquently expresses, this is music striving for Superhuman Happiness.

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