ENGLISH INDIE-PUNKS, GLOO, ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, "HOW NOT TO BE HAPPY," DUE OUT AUG 27TH VIA HASSLE RECORDS
NEW SINGLE, "RIDE," OUT NOW!
English 3 piece indie-punks GLOO announce their highly anticipated sophomore album‘HOW NOT TO BE HAPPY’ (set for release August 27th through the beloved UK independent, Hassle Records) and release their rapturous new single ‘RIDE’. Fans can pre-order the album HERE.
‘HOW NOT TO BE HAPPY’ packs 10 tracks of escapism that reflect the drudgery of the everyday but seek to shrug it off over the course of a thirty-minute blur of power-pop, post-grunge and punk rock. The album was recorded with producer Jag Jago (The Maccabees, Jamie T, The Ghost Of A Thousand) across the summer of 2020, in-between local lockdowns, travel bans and COVID restriction.
“I read a lot of self-help books myself, trying to look for ways to make myself happier,” says Thomas Harfield. “But people don’t read one self-help book and then they’re fixed; they constantly read them – so maybe they don’t work at all! That made me think, Well, if you can’t learn how to be happy, maybe you can learn how not to be happy… I wrote these songs because I wanted to figure things out in my life,” adding “It’s an album for tearing shit up, having a good time, and forgetting about the world.”
Speaking on their latest single ‘RIDE’ Thomas exclaims “It couldnʼt be better timing for this song to finally come out. Lockdown is coming to an end, summer is almost here and everyoneʼs ready to get outside again, skate, get fucked up, dance and... Ride! ”
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR "RIDE":
MORE ON GLOO
Formed in 2017 by brothers Thomas (vocals/guitar) and Mark Harfield (drums) – the three-piece’s line-up minted soon after by the addition of bassist and Tom’s old school friend Simon Keet – GLOO, it’s important to understand, are not in the business of serious rock’n’roll. No, that can be left to the po-faced for whom being in a band seems more chore than enjoyment. Being raised on listening to AC/DC in your dad’s car will shape your view of music in such a way. Growing up in a place such as Littlehampton, a faded seaside town on England’s south coast 20 miles east of Brighton and a world away from London’s bright lights, instils a certain appreciation for life’s simple things. But if we’re not here for a long time, we might as well have a good time, right?
GLOO’s debut album ‘A Pathetic Youth’ and subsequent ‘Stop And Stare’ EP laid down the musical blueprint for the band, echoing the likes of Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Husker Du and Sugar – three-pieces who similarly preached of the power in the purity of when guitar, bass and drums collide – and earned support from the likes of Spotify, Radio 1 (Dan P. Carter, Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens) and Kerrang!. The band’s high-octane live shows, meanwhile, won fans the old-fashioned way via support slots with Press Club, Queen Kwong and Demob Happy, and appearances at festivals including 2000Trees and The Great Escape.The lessons learned during those years have all coalesced into shaping not only How Not To Be Happy’s sound – a more melodic, looser, slacker GLOO – but also its spirit.
‘HOW NOT TO BE HAPPY’ TRACKLISTING
1. I Can't Hear Myself Think
3. Work So Hard
4. No One Give’s A Fuck
5. Swimming In Your Sea
6. Take The Piss
9. Big Smoke
Thomas Harfield - guitar & vox / Mark Harfield - drums & vox / Simon Keet - bass & vox
CONNECT WITH THE BAND