The Oakland-based band started in 2013 and quickly gained traction with the release of their self-titled EP in 2014. After their first full-length, Big World, the band released So Bunted on Topshelf Records in 2015, following that up with their second full-length album, Electric Soul Unity, in 2016. Their fuzzed-out rock maintains the perfect balance between noise and melodicism.
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...[W]hether it's the walloping riff in the verse or the jarring step down in the chorus, Happy Diving demonstrate a knack for hooks that escapes most 90s revivalists stuck on the sound.
"...Matt Berry is a straightforward sort of lyricist, penning words that blow straight to the gut with hardly any effort at all."
"Happy Diving blend sledgehammer-to-the-stomach guitars with a pleading, heart-on-sleeve melodic sensibility."
"'Head Spell' opens with a guitar riff so clean it’s downright startling. It ends up working like Happy Diving’s version of a ballad, bringing back those huge, fuzzed-out guitars as a way of punctuating the song’s delicate refrain. It may be a new look for Happy Diving, but it’s one that suits it."
-The A.V. Club
"On their 2014 debut LP Big World, Happy Diving practiced the art of raw, sludgy rock, and on their follow-up — the upcoming full-length Electric Soul Unity — it seems like they’ve mastered it"
"Thanks to its consistency, its depth of intelligence, and its staggering comprehension, Electric Soul Unity doesn’t just stand as one of 2016’s finest records but one of its most essential. It’s an extraordinary effort from a band that’s more than ready to take on any challengers and it won’t go down without putting up an unforgettable fight."