Boomkat Product Review:
Happy Birthday are so keen to demonstrate their ability to fashion three-minute pop songs that their first two tracks clock in at exactly 3:00 and sound brilliantly like Big Star offcuts. 'Girls FM' is an imperious opener, launching into pop of the same order of magnitude as Fountains Of Wayne's 'Radiation Vibe' whilst packing all the cred and bubblegum potency of (and I swear this isn't just because of the name) Girls' 'Lust For Life'. "I'm always on the same frequency: Girls FM, Girls FM" sings frontman Kyle Thomas (who's also know for his work as King Tuff), leading the charge with a whole host of classy FM-friendly, '70s guitar-pop. Thomas' co-conspirators for this Alex Chilton-inspired marvel are Ruth Garbus and Chris Weisman, the latter of whom is presumably the same Chris Weisman who released the superb Tape Walk album on Greg Davis' Autumn records - another fluently realised traipse through power-pop classicism. With minimal hype Happy Birthday have released an outstanding debut here, and hopefully Sub Pop will bring the album to the widest possible audience. Highly recommended.