Rising Cork band Happyalone consist of Slee, Paperclip and frontman Baxter Robot. The trio have released five singles to date, and are building momentum on streaming services, racking up hundreds of thousands of streams in less than a year. Adopting aliases shows Happyalone’s imaginative streak.
Baxter enthuses: “Going by these names is a way that we can creatively express ourselves. Taking on a persona helps to give us more confidence. It has allowed us to create a shell we can live under, so we don’t always have to write and think about our own personal stuff.
“Things that you don’t really want to say as yourself, you can talk about because it’s not really you.
”The band’s sound is wideranging, and could be described as genre fluid.
“Our movement incorporates ambient soundscapes alongside some saturated rhythm sections,” says Baxter. “We listen to Jeff Buckley, Massive Attack, Nirvana. But really everything inspires us – we go from listening to Bob Dylan to The Prodigy to techno. I think that’s why our songs all sound so different.”
Of Happyalone’s striking name, meanwhile, Baxter comments, “After coming together out of necessity, I don’t remember where the name came from. But what we really want when people come to our gigs is simple; to be happy, and essentially we feel anyone can come and enjoy themselves.” ‘Go Slow’ is out now