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Happy Ever After were a short lived outfit (existing from ‘89 to ‘90) made up of members of Skeezicks, Apes Of Wrath and Social Unrest, three bands I know absolutely nothing about. This compilation of their recorded output features five tracks, two that featured on a stand alone 7”, a track from a split with a group called 2BAD, an X-Mist comp track and a special bonus unreleased tune. The recordings sound like demos Jack Endino may have recorded at Reciprocal studios at the back end of the 80’s and they sound pre-tay good.
The music itself brings to mind the breakaway hardcore groups of the time that began experimenting with upbeat grooves and more melodic vocal phrasing whilst maintaining a ruff, unapologetic edge. I’m thinking something along the lines of early Fugazi mixed with Steel Pole Bathtub. It’s nothing to write home about but if you’re a fan of the period then this may be a hidden gem worth investigating. I’m certainly not offended by it. Brings back fond memories.
Worth noting the sweet screenprinted sleeve and the ridiculously limited quantity of 150 copies. Get ‘em while you can old school emo-core dudes.
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