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Spin Magazine, Kyle McGovern
"Gloom-punks Happy Noose will follow up their 2011 self-titled debut album with a pair of upcoming EPs. The first, 'Amagosa', arrives October 1 via Dead End Social Club Records and brings with it three new original songs and a cover of Joy Division's unreleased "Pictures in My Mind." If that nod to goth-rock's glory years isn't enough of a signpost, explore the Washington trio's darker new direction on 'Amagosa' EP. Frontman Ryan Scott's deep, monotone vocals underscore the churning, proto-punky doom he brews with the help of guitarist Timothy Grisham and drummer John Dahlin.
The Stranger, Emily Nokes
"Happy Noose are a trio from Olympia whose recent EP, , is overcast, galloping pop braced with unaffected vocals and a heavy dose of buzzy/bendy guitar resonance. Their self-titled 2011 debut skewed toward more upbeat, straightforward indie punk. Let’s hope tonight’s show will be a mix of both, like a goth prom where everyone actually dances."
Big Takeover, Charlie Zaillian
"Two years removed from a self-titled debut LP.. Happy Noose return with eight new songs, separated into a pair of seven-inch EPs presumably meant to showcase their lighter and darker sides. The multi-generational three-piece’s makeup is intriguing... For comprising familiar punk, indie-rock and darkwave influences, Happy Noose’s sound is surprisingly hard to pin down. Produced by California analog übermensch Tim Green (The Fucking Champs, Nation of Ulysses), both 7”s — Haunted and Amagosa — beam with overdriven VOX amplifier warmth, straightforward, in-the-pocket drumming, and understated melodies... In any case, though, both EPs solidly reflect the trio’s musicianship, chemistry and good taste."
When You Motor Away
"Happy Noose is a trio, playing a darkly psychedelic, heavy yet upbeat take on punk and darkwave music. In their 4-song EP Amagosa I hear traces of Joy Division, Peter Murphy and the solo work of Richard Lloyd - the music is evocative, as is the voice of lead singer Ryan Scott, who conveys a lot without a lot of inflection... All three [members] previously played in different bands, but they bring together their experience into a unified approach that's somehow dark and evocative yet upbeat and exhilarating, with crashing drums and guitars that alternately slash and swirl. The second track, "Eye of the Storm" has some beautiful guitar work, and the Joy Division cover shows their (and Joy Division's) punk roots clearly. The final track is "End Song", and it bears a strong resemblance to "Pictures In My Mind", but the band stretches it out to over 4:00 with some terrific guitars... It's terrific, a bit of a time capsule in a 4-song EP. I eagerly anticipate more from these three."
The Weekly Volcano
"Their forthcoming releases, the Amagosa ;and Haunted EPs, find the Olympia band embracing the darker, more romantic side of their sound, even as their hooks become bigger, catchier and more anthemic. Where their earlier output was spunky in that youthful punk sort of way. Amagosa signals the natural maturation of a still relatively new band circling and landing on its voice."
Everett True, Collapse Board
"...their music is straightforward enough: good-time, plangent, dirty pop... music aches with desire... Morose, yet joyful. Fumbling, unsure but with a real swaggering gait. Lovely, lovely, lovely. It’s almost 1978 UK powerpop as well … or ’82 UK punk. Lovely."
Calvin Johnson, The Believer Issue 91 (Music Issue 2012)
"A classic rock-and-roll power trio with a pop habit they cannot shake.
Fixin’ to die, laughing. Happy Noose have released several records and
cassettes on their own Dead End Social Club label, and will record their
new album, Amagosa, with Tim Green at Louder Studios in Grass Valley, California. “One Way Ticket” is from their eight-song cassette Happy Noose. It could be your next workout tape."
"This one opened with what sounded like a punk take on something that fell off one of Ride’s early EPs... I could have gone for at least half an LP of that, but was stunned at the divergence that followed... Between the bookends are eight tracks of slackerific pop punk, with vocals that at times have a slightly despondent and unaffected charm that fit really well. Definitely one of the best things I’ve gotten for review—of which I didn’t have any prior knowledge—in a while."
Matt Driscoll Weekly Volcano 8/24/11
" Built on an often upbeat bed of mildly exuberant punk-tempered chords and crashes, and held together by the singer's Malkmus-esque drawl, Happy Noose is a band that will feel familiar to even those who've never encountered them before. Dead End Social Club Records recently released the band's debut LP.. something tells me you should consider getting your hands on it."
Maximum RocknRoll #339 Aug. 2011
"First off, just have to mention this is not a punk record. It is indie rock, or if it were the 90's we'd be calling it Alternative... That's not saying this album sucks, cause it doesn't. These guys are quite good at what they do in the Pavement sort of way..."