Gloo – How Not To be Happy (Hassle Records) 27th August 2021

Gloo were formed in 2017 by brothers Thomas (vocals/guitar) and Mark Harfield (drums) and Simon Keet (bass) and How Not To Be Happy, is their  second album and first for Hassle Records.

Gloo know that life is shit and want to provide you with an opportunity to forget that for a while and to have some fun while you are doing that. So what we get is 10 songs over 30 minutes or so that reflect the drudgery of everyday existence but makes light of it.

Opening track I Can’t Hear Myself Think is an instant toe tapper, gritty vocals, stabbed chords and pounding drums, what more do you want? More of the same follows with Ride, which has a kind of summer feeling to it,and the more expansive in style Work So Hard.

Excellent as the album has been so far it is with the fourth track No One Gives A Fuck that things really start to take off. The vocals get really raw and the chorus;

 “No one gives a fuck about, No one gives a fuck about, No one gives a fuck about your feelings”

Is crying out to be played in front of a crowd so that they can all join in!

Swimming In Your Sea provides us with a visit from the ghost of grunge past with its Nirvana like qualities and powerful chorus. It is easy to see why this was chosen as the second single from the album.

The next few tracks have a much more pop/punk feel to them and are all noisy, catchy and instantly likeable. Starting with Takes The Piss which is propelled along by a great drumbeat and riff to die for! The chorus is a sing along with Tom full throatedly imploring “Why can’t we get along”.

Down is full of slashing guitars, handclaps, feedback, great backing vocals and is another one guaranteed to get you moving along to its wonderful rhythms. Permanent is one giant sing a long number and a great song.

Penultimate track Big Smoke rocks along with almost screeching hysterical sounding vocals that really make this track stand out.

Last track and things really slow down and lighten up with Rizla an acoustic ode to the trials and tribulations of ones rizlas getting wet in the rain when you’re desperate for a fag. This is so different from the other tracks but fits perfectly in with the rest!

Gloo have produced a very interesting piece of work with this album, there are different styles at work here but all are incorporated into a gloriously good time punky / grungy/pop which is somewhat delicious!

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See Gloo on tour

3rd – The Hobbit, Southampton
4th – Soma Festival, London 
15th – Bloc+, Glasgow
16th – Little Buildings, Newcastle 
17th – Play Brew Taproom, Middlesborough
18th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham 
21st – The Factory Live, Worthing
27th – The Malt Shovel, Horsham 
29th – Green Door Store, Brighton 
30th – Whiskers, Newquay

1st – Apple and Parrot, Torquay
7th – The Jacaranda, Liverpool 
8th – Satan’s Hollow, Manchester 
9th – The Lanes, Bristol 

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