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Happy Abandon announce tour of Ireland with Mundy!

Posted Wed, 11 Oct 2017


For fans of... Fleet Foxes, alt-J, Grizzly Bear, Conor Oberst

"...musically it could be Happy Abandon's most confident album yet."
- Clash Magazine


"...Indie nostalgia, with a sugary, unique twist and Pop sensibility." - Paste Magazine


On the back of the recent release of their acclaimed album Facepaint, out now via Schoolkids Records, Happy Abandon are gearing up to hit the road as they embark on a short tour of Ireland supporting esteemed singer-songwriter Mundy.

To celebrate the tour announcement Happy Abandon have unveiled another heartfelt, emotive single, Beneath Our Feet, taken from their affecting sophomore album. The track is now available to stream and embed via the Happy Abandon Soundcloud page.



The emotional content scattered throughout Facepaint has attracted a number of admirers all over the world with premiere’s on notable sites such as Clash Magazine and Paste Magazine as well as support from tastemaker sites like The Revue, Impose Magazine, For The Rabbits and The Vinyl District.

Forming in early 2015, Happy Abandon’s Peter Vance (vocals, guitar), Justin Ellis (bass & vocals) and Jake Waits (percussion & vocals) met at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within a few weeks of performing together, they worked their way onto bills at local shows before taking off to tour the east coast of the US and Canada. It was at SXSW that the band initially hooked up future label head Stephen Judge, playing multiple slots at his annual SXSW party. From there, a relationship was born that would eventually lead to Judge’s offering Happy Abandon a recording contract via his freshly rebranded label Schoolkids Records.

You can catch Happy Abandon in support of Mundy at the following venues:

OCT 27 FRI - Monroe’s, Galway, Ireland w/ Mundy

OCT 28 SAT - Tower Records, Dublin, Ireland 1pm

OCT 28 SAT - The Academy, Dublin, Ireland w/ Mundy (close to selling out)

OCT 29 SUN - Birr Theatre, Birr, Ireland w/ Mundy (SOLD OUT)

OCT 31 TUE - The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s, Dublin, Ireland

NOV 2 THU - Harbor Bar, Bray, Ireland


Beneath Our Feet is now available to stream on Soundcloud and Spotify and is taken from the album Facepaint, out now via Schoolkids Records.

If you'd like to find out more about Happy Abandon or A Badge of Friendship's PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Happy Abandon release new album ‘Facepaint’!

Posted Fri, 25 Aug 2017


For fans of... Fleet Foxes, alt-J, Grizzly Bear, Conor Oberst

"...musically it could be Happy Abandon's most confident album yet."
- Clash Magazine


"...Indie nostalgia, with a sugary, unique twist and Pop sensibility." - Paste Magazine


Happy Abandon’s sophomore album Facepaint is out now via Schoolkids Records and available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes.

A collection of heartfelt, melancholic melodies that simmer under the surface toward an ever increasing crescendo of orchestral indie rock, Facepaint is a wonderful sonic journey from the first note to the last.

The band released Heavy Lines as their final single prior to the album dropping, with Clash Magazine premiering the track on their site. You can stream and embed Heavy Lines via the Happy Abandon Soundcloud page.



This followed previous single Severed Seams, picked up by the likes of The Revue, Impose Magazine and For The Rabbits, which is also available to stream on the Happy Abandon Soundcloud page.



Despite featuring songs about loss, Peter Vance (vocals & guitar) is quick to point out that Facepaint is not a breakup album. He explains “if the album were to have a subject, it would be the relationship a person has to loss and loneliness, which can manifest itself through breakups, homelessness, familial abandonment, and death”. These relationships provide the outline for Facepaint, from the emotions they conjure, to the settings in which they exist and the face paint we all hide behind to make those heartbreaks a little more palatable. Vance’s lead vocal soars throughout, combined with powerful lyrics and a dynamic string arrangement to create cinematic pop music at its best.

The band released the first single If I Stare from their forthcoming album last year, which premiered on Paste Magazine who described the track as "a blissful and enchanting bed of music".

Forming in early 2015, Happy Abandon’s Peter Vance, Justin Ellis (bass & vocals) and Jake Waits (percussion & vocals) met at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within a few weeks of performing together, they worked their way onto bills at local shows before taking off to tour the east coast of the US and Canada. It was at SXSW that the band initially hooked up future label head Stephen Judge, playing multiple slots at his annual SXSW party. From there, a relationship was born that would eventually lead to Judge’s offering Happy Abandon a recording contract via his freshly rebranded label Schoolkids Records.

Happy Abandon’s album Facepaint is out now via Schoolkids Records stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes.

If you'd like to find out more about Happy Abandon or A Badge of Friendship's PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Introducing… Happy Abandon!

Posted Fri, 11 Aug 2017


For fans of... Fleet Foxes, Alt-j, Sigur Ros, Conor Oberst, Jeff Buckley

"...Indie nostalgia, with a sugary, unique twist and Pop sensibility." - Paste Magazine


Set for release on 25th August 2017 via Schoolkids Records, Happy Abandon’s Facepaint is a collection of heartfelt, melancholic melodies that simmer under the surface toward an ever increasing crescendo of orchestral indie rock.

The latest track to be released from the album, 'Severed Seams', is available to stream on the Happy Abandon Soundcloud page now.



Despite featuring songs about loss, Peter Vance (vocals & guitar) is quick to point out that Facepaint is not a breakup album. He explains “if the album were to have a subject, it would be the relationship a person has to loss and loneliness, which can manifest itself through breakups, homelessness, familial abandonment, and death”. These relationships provide the outline for Facepaint, from the emotions they conjure, to the settings in which they exist and the face paint we all hide behind to make those heartbreaks a little more palatable. Vance’s lead vocal soars throughout, combined with powerful lyrics and a dynamic string arrangement to create cinematic pop music at its best.

The band released the first single If I Stare from their forthcoming album last year, which premiered on Paste Magazine and is now available to stream via Happy Abandon's Soundcloud page.



Forming in early 2015, Happy Abandon’s Peter Vance, Justin Ellis (bass & vocals) and Jake Waits (percussion & vocals) met at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Within a few weeks of performing together, they worked their way onto bills at local shows before taking off to tour the east coast of the US and Canada. It was at SXSW that the band initially hooked up future label head Stephen Judge, playing multiple slots at his annual SXSW party. From there, a relationship was born that would eventually lead to Judge’s offering Happy Abandon a recording contract via his freshly rebranded label Schoolkids Records.

Happy Abandon’s album Facepaint is out on 25th August 2017 via Schoolkids Records.

If you'd like to find out more about Happy Abandon or A Badge of Friendship's PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.