Artist info

Genre

Dance, Pop


Sounds like

Dam Funk, Cut copy, Ariel Pink


band members

Will Slade - vocals,synth, Jack Doepel - synth, Troy Mutton - Drums, Alex Dew - guitar, Tom Allum - drums & percussion


Influences

Disco, Boogie


Bio

Conceived from a love of early 80's boogie funk and disco, Bastian's Happy Flight is the declaration of founding member Will Slade's obsession with a style of music full of a positive feeling and energy. After Slade spent too long alone behind the decks and in front of cumbersome computer software he reached out into the ocean of Perth musician to hand pick a band comprised of classmates, old pals and strangers befriended at a distant dance festival. The result is Bastian's Happy Flight; Will Slade (vocals/keys/synth), Jack Doepel (synth/bass/saxophone), Alex Dew (guitar/ back-up vocals), Troy Mutton (drums), Tom Allum (pads/ percussion). The band started rehearsing in 2010, with their first gig at the Norfolk Basement (still among their favourite places to play). In the resultant years BHF have supported such international and Australian acts as Jaques Renault ( USA), POND, Snakadaktal and Does It Offend You Yeah? (UK) as well as playing slots in such festival line-ups as Summerdayze, Parklife & Southbound. In 2011 they won a WAM award for best Electronic song with their first single 'My Love'. They were also nominated in 2012 for Best Dance song, Best Pop Song, Best Guitarist and Best Keyboardist/ Multi-instrumentalist. Their first EP, 'EP01' was recorded around Fremantle with producer and friend Matt Giovannangelo and released in June 2011. Interest for the recording outside of Perth led to an electronic re-release with UK label Mullet Records almost a year later. Their second EP is set to be released mid 2013. Despite obvious references to decades past in both their sound and band name, BHF offer a very unique energy to their recordings and live sound, both very separate entities to them. Sans backing tracks, plug-ins and flimsy gimmicks, BHF breaks the mould of electronic music with their emphasis on honest live music played with indefatigable energy and exposed hearts, without the pretence and sense of irony much beloved by many music makers. Think of it as the upbeat soundtrack to your life.

Review

Reviewed by Veronica Milsom Veronica M...

12 Jul 2013

Triple J
30

Inspiring heart-...

Inspiring heart-ache vocals, brilliant 80s guitar riffs and a beat to sway to. This song just smothered me in the best bits of George Michael/Phil Collins-esque goodness...and I loved every minute.

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Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby ...

12 Jun 2013

Triple J
30

Got an Eric Clap...

Got an Eric Clapton - Lethal Weapon 2 OST vibe going on here. Like.

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Reviewed by Rosie Beaton Rosie Beaton

24 Sep 2012

Triple J
40

this song stays ...

this song stays in my head for hours - love it and man can you hit those high notes!!

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