UV-TV is an effortless blend of fuzzy shoegaze, melodic hooks, and driving instrumentals. Born out of Gainesville, Florida’s thriving DIY scene in 2015, the band put out an excellent debut LP, Glass, in 2017 and spent last year relocating to New York City. While I know a lot of people in Gainesville (myself included) were sad to see the band go, their move has brought a new record with cleaner production and a personal, serious release about moving on. Happy will be out July 19 but you can stream it in full below.
“For this record, we really wanted to make something different and cleaner than our past two records. We rented a studio and had our buddy Neil help with engineering instead of recording it ourselves on a four-track in a bedroom. Happy was mixed by Jonathan Nunez of Torche and mastered by Jonathan Schenke here in NYC,” guitarist and singer Ian Bernacett shares. “I was listening to a lot of Neil Young stuff like On the Beach and Rust Never Sleeps. I was watching all of these live videos of Echo & the Bunnymen playing Rockpalast and Europe on YouTube in the early ’80s. I think they’re the best live band ever and kinda what I wanted our band to be like live. Lyrically the songs on Happy reference change and growing up a lot. We were planning a move to NYC while recording it. I feel like that kind of longing for something new or different is very present in the record. All in all, I think Happy is a testament to our time spent living in Florida and a time capsule of the bands first four years.”
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