Monday, 15 April 2013

Happenstance Q&A


Your name:
Brian Gallagher.

Where are you from?
Hudson, Quebec, Canada (a small town on the banks of the Ottawa river one hour west of Montreal).

Name of band:
Happenstance.

Who is in your band?
Keri Anderson (vocals), Brian Gallagher (guitar, vocals, songwriter), Lowdown Lewis (bass) and Nick Thompson (drums, vocals).

How would you describe yourselves?
The new sound of custom crossover Canadiana music!

Who are your main influences musically?
Heart, Blue Rodeo, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To be able to touch people around the world with our stories. We try to make the songs accessible, both musically and intellectually.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Playing in our home town a year after the release of our first album. We had over 150 people in the room, and when we started singing our song “Jackie woke up”, we heard the whole room singing! So we stopped and let them carry the song.....it was magical to hear people singing our music!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We were booked for International Women’s Day at a college last year. But unfortunately the college double booked the event. When we arrived, on the billboard was written “Comedy Show and Happenstance”. It was our “Spinal Tap” moment without the puppet show!

If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Our first single “King of Fools”. It combines our folk/country/pop sound perfectly and really defines us.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
Everywhere!
Amazon, Ubetoo, Spotify, Jango Radio, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Rdio, CBC radio online, Sonicbids

Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
We have been constantly told that we do not have a specific style and that we crossover from genre to genre. We feel that is our strength. We try to provide quality easily listenable songs to everyone. A great review of our first album recently appeared in the online European magazine ‘Strutterzine. I think that Gabor captured a lot of our essence. You can access it here (about 1/3 of the way down the page): http://www.angelfire.com/planet/strutter/HOTNEWREVIEWS194.htm 

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