Get Happy! L.A. Trio The Happy Hollows Performs in Walker Lounge

Arts & Entertainment Editor
On Nov. 14, Pomona College’s Walker Lounge hosted
the second installation of the KSPC Blowout Series. Fol-
lowing incredible opening performances from Wilderness,
Let’s Go Guantanamo and Night Control, the audience
was treated to a headline act from The Happy Hollows.
The Los Angeles based band consists of only three mem-
bers—Chris Hernandez (drums/vocals), Charlie Mahoney
(bass/vocals), and Sarah Negahdari (guitar/vocals)—but
rocks out with a tremendous force that they either don’t
realize or are too modest to admit (take your pick).
The Happy Hollows has already gained notoriety on
the West coast over the course of its three-year existence
for its dance-happy tunes and explosive onstage presence.
Combining up tempo pop songs with layered distortion
and wailing vocals are what give this band its unique
sound that leaves you with an eternal buzz. The Happy
Hollows’ youthful outlook and familial relationship with
its fans works most definitely in its favor, and by the end
of the show, you can’t help but fall in love with the band.
Although all the members possess immense talent,
the secret of the band’s success lies in the quirky and
charismatic personality of Negahdari, who is every
female rock icon rolled into one. Stomping around in
a triumphant, childlike manner, screeching into the mi-
crophone à la Karen O and rolling around on the floor
are included on Negahdari’s list of crazy onstage antics.
Plus, she can shred the guitar like no one you’ve seen
Negahdari reaches out—literally—to a fan.
L-R: Negahdari, Hernandez, Mahoney.
before. What else could you want from a front woman?
The Happy Hollows celebrated the release of its first
full-length album, Spells, in October. Its music can be pre-
viewed on www.myspace.com/thehappyhollows. The band
is currently finishing a November residency at Spaceland in
Los Angeles, where it will play for free on Nov. 23 and 30.PHOTOS  COURTESY OF ANTHONY LIGERO

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On Nov. 14, Pomona College’s Walker Lounge hosted the second installation of the KSPC Blowout Series. Following incredible opening performances from Wilderness, Let’s Go Guantanamo and Night Control, the audience was treated to a headline act from The Happy Hollows.

The Los Angeles based band consists of only three members—Chris Hernandez (drums/vocals), Charlie Mahoney (bass/vocals), and Sarah Negahdari (guitar/vocals)—but rocks out with a tremendous force that they either don’t realize or are too modest to admit (take your pick).

The Happy Hollows has already gained notoriety on the West coast over the course of its three-year existence for its dance-happy tunes and explosive onstage presence. Combining up tempo pop songs with layered distortion and wailing vocals are what give this band its unique sound that leaves you with an eternal buzz. The Happy Hollows’ youthful outlook and familial relationship with its fans works most definitely in its favor, and by the end of the show, you can’t help but fall in love with the band.

Although all the members possess immense talent, the secret of the band’s success lies in the quirky and charismatic personality of Negahdari, who is every female rock icon rolled into one. Stomping around in a triumphant, childlike manner, screeching into the microphone à la Karen O and rolling around on the floor are included on Negahdari’s list of crazy onstage antics. Plus, she can shred the guitar like no one you’ve seen before. What else could you want from a front woman?

The Happy Hollows celebrated the release of its first full-length album, Spells, in October. Its music can be previewed on www.myspace.com/thehappyhollows. The band is currently finishing a November residency at Spaceland in Los Angeles, where it will play for free on Nov. 23 and 30.

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