Show Review: Happy Body Slow Brain
March 4 @ Ugly Duck Pizza(San Bernardino, CA)
It's always good fun to chat with musicians about to see their first Happy Body Slow Brain live set. Everyone's heard of the band's brilliance through friends of friends, but rarely are new audiences prepared for the energetic and tight show HBSB displays on a consistent basis. Last night was no exception - a local drummer passed by and mentioned "it makes you wonder why to even try making music - you aren't going to be as good as them."
It didn't matter that we were crowded into some pizza joint in San Bernardino, CA; what mattered was Matt Fazzi, Isaac Bolivar, Jason Holthouser, and Javier "Biebs" Torres were jamming through their groove-filled rockers and ambient space-fillers for a transfixed audience. Whether they were showing off a new tune or moving through their debut album Dreams Of Water, every note played resonated and reminded us all how good bands can be.
Opening with an unnamed new track was a treat for those who saw the band on their last pass with #MEBTour, and made for a perfect opener. The always-popular "Kill Love" and single-ready "We're Strangers Now" cranked the energy up a notch and showed off the combination of their synth-prowess and solid riffage. The single-worthy "Never Loved" has become a staple of their shows, and rightfully so: fans of every type of rock can find something they love in the track. I was pleased to see all my favorite heavy-hitters present as well, with an extended version of "Emperor" and "Time" closing out the set. It was a short, sweet set that perfectly embodied what the band.
There's few bands I can honestly say I will see every single chance I have - Happy Body Slow Brain is definitely one of them. Catch the band on their remaining California dates before they spend time working on their b-sides SLEEPY EP and write their next album.