The Happy Fits are three longtime friends from New Jersey. The band was started by cellist, vocalist, and principle songwriter Calvin Langman. He’s flanked by his friends – guitarist Ross Monteith and drummer Luke Davis. Together, the trio makes some raucous alternative music that fits in everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It’s enjoyably awkward. If you like interesting music like Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes, Tokyo Weekend, or Bombay Bicycle Club – then you’ll love what The Happy Fits do. It’s part throwback rock and roll, it’s part mainstream indie, and really, it’s part about a hundred different things. They all tie in together to make the third Happy Fits release and second LP, What Could Be Better a must listen.
For a band that features the cello, The Happy Fits do a really nice job of not accentuating that more than they need to. Sure, sometimes they use it and it makes sense for them to use it, but they never really dominate the music with it, it’s used as an accenting piece especially when you compare it to the drums and guitar sections on the album.
The Happy Fits are all over the place on What Could Be Better. There’s a variety of influences and styles incorporated on this record and they’re all worthy of diving into. There’s a lot of Raconteurs/White Stripes. There’s a lot of Ra Ra Riots. There’s a lot of Vampire Weekend. There are so many things on this record and The Happy Fits do them all well.
There’s a lot of interesting things with this record. The throwback elements, of course the cello, the songwriting, the production, the personality, the whole record. It’s a damn shame that The Happy Fits couldn’t be out on the road promoting this record because they would win plenty of people over opening for just about anyone.