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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

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