HAPPY THOUGHTS, THE: Self-titled: LP

Live, The Happy Thoughts (formerly “Eric And…”) are fantastic, a fresh breath into the power pop scene. Your mind’s ear will hear The Ramones and The Beat. It will hear the rapid-fire down stroke guitar and the vocal harmonies. It will hear Eric LaGrange’s resonant but not too syrupy sweet voice. It just looks like they’re having so much fun on stage. Their debut LP, however, is a little too thin and light on the low end. LaGrange’s vocals don’t have the power they do live. I’m thinking too much compression was used. Recorded at The Perennials’ house in Indianapolis and featuring Perennials bassist Jordan Allen. Now if only The Perennials release that goddamn album they’ve been sitting on!

 –Sal Lucci (Hozac)