Review: The Happy Curmudgeons – ‘Meant 2 Be’



A band dedicated to writing and playing music that will inspire, The Happy Curmudgeons sound is born from hard work, determination, and a deep passion for their craft. Brought together by Dave Hamilton in 2015, the band wrote and recorded eleven original tracks eventually became their debut album, ‘Meant 2 Be’. Built from the ground up, ‘Meant 2 Be’ is a compilation of classic rock, blues and contemporary folk all mixed into a brilliant maelstrom of sound.


A wonderful rough and ready album, ‘Meant 2 Be’ is jam-packed with killer hooks and driven guitar riffs, stitching together elements of timeless blues and classic, old school rock to make a debut album that simply demands to be heard. Showcasing a diverse range of songwriting talents, the album is a rich tapestry of rock styles and charming compositions, ranging from country-tinged opener ‘Bar Hoppin’, to the soft, almost melancholy sounds of the title track, and finally to the hard-hitting epics like ‘Burn Sugar Burn’.


A vibrant patchwork of style and sounds, ‘Meant 2 Be’ is perfectly textured and wonderfully produced, keeping a raw, authentic sound at the core of each track while also helping to lessen some of the kinks so you can easily sail passed them. Tracks such as ‘You Gotta Move On’ and ‘Scatter Brain’ shine with a spirited acoustic sound, bringing the latter half of the album to a close with a sway of textured, evocative sounds that are incessantly charming and impossible deny.


Staying from the well-trodden path, the band prove the creative streak with a series of vibrant tracks, diving headfirst into a pool of heavy psychedelic waves with ‘Carnal Boogie’, and burning the airwaves with classic rock harmonies on ‘Butterfly’, a distorted epic that will stay with you long after it fades from your speakers. A personal favourite, ‘Idle Time’ is a glorious, shoegaze-infused track that burns through a slow, wonderfully evolved melody.



A wild, evolving ride through a variety of rock ‘n’ roll styles that are studded with deft elements of bristling Americana, timeless folk, and evocative blues, there is really something special about ‘Meant 2 Be’. While not one of the most cohesive albums you’ll come across, The Happy Curmudgeons have been able to showcase a massive range of talents, bringing their unique and nostalgic style bursting into the spotlight.


With their sophomore album, the tentatively titled ‘2nd Chances’ set for release later this year, The Happy Curmudgeons debut album is an enticing and wonderfully impressive glimpse into what the band can achieve. Setting the stage for more to come, you can’t help but fall for the rustic charms of ‘Meant 2 Be’, and even after several listens, you’ll still find yourself wanting more. You can stream ‘Meant 2 Be’ in full now on Bandcamp, with the album also available on iTunes and Amazon Music.


Score: 7.5/10


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