Tuesday, March 08, 2005

His Name is Melody

Happy Band Of Japan is the heading for London based musician Dan Scott, who along with various guests and instruments - A 1/4 size nylon-string classical, old steel string acoustic, Big Muff Fuzztone pedal, tambourine, Sufi temple bells, various wooden objects, and whatever else they is able to pick up - comprise a musical project that has been several years in the making.

Although sometimes distorted and offbeat, these songs are like a swarm of bees on a rampage, like the once in a lifetime flowering of a wild and exotic orchid...You get the idea. They're painstakingly beautiful songs that are friendly, warm, optimistic and most of all fun. The music itself pays tribute to artists such as Lee Hazlewood, Julian Cope, Beach Boys, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Animal Collective, Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis, Boredoms, Syd Barrett and it's obvious that at his core he is still an avid music fan. Anyway, he writes these beautiful and slightly off-kilter songs because more than anything he wants them to be heard:

Happy Band Of Japan - You You You

Dan also plays and writes for the Black Elks so be sure to check them out if they play near you. Black Elks also do a cover of HBOJ's Freudian guitar collapse Have You Ever Been To Her House When It's Raining.

If you want to get in touch with Dan then i'm sure he'll be more than willing to sort you out a CD, and even some homemade artwork:



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