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Empty Boxes

by We Happy Few

Bringing acoustic blues music back to its roots, with a touch of class. These simple let effective arrangements mix slide and finger style guitar with double bass and baritone vocals.
Genre: Blues: Country Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cocaine Killed My Baby
3:51 $0.69
2. Low Down Track
3:59 $0.69
3. The Smallest Yield
2:17 $0.69
4. Railroad Joe
3:10 $0.69
5. Can't Be Satisfied
3:03 $0.69
6. John Henry
4:09 $0.69
7. i'm Satisfied
2:44 $0.69
8. Little Queen Of Spades
2:12 $0.69
9. Many Thanks Mr J
2:39 $0.69
10. Turtles
1:58 $0.69
11. Pay Day
2:55 $0.69
12. Berkley Square
4:11 $0.69
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Background info

We Happy Few formed in 2007 in South West London and quickly gelled as a band. All members had experience in bands, regularly playing live and have a passion for blues and folk music. This led to regular gigs around South West London and they quickly gathered a committed following, who enjoyed their upbeat positive sound and passion for live performances. There first album titled ‘Should Have Seen it Coming was released in September 2008 and is available on iTunes. WHF recently had radio play on Tom Robinsons ‘ Introducing’ show on BBC Radio 6, and are also featured on Blues Radio UK. They also did a tour of Cornwall in March this year mixing regular club gigs with skiffle style busking sets on the streets. Their second album 'Empty Boxes' is a stripped back acoustic offering, bringing blues music back to its roots, but with their own contemporary spin on the genre - It's a wholly acoustic affair with a focus on slide and finger style guitar, backed up with double bass, banjo and kick drum.

Selected Reviews

“We Happy Few seem to relish the thought, and revel in the chance of challenging compositional normality and genre acceptability. We Happy Few make a nicely brash 'noise' that some will find hard to accept, certainly in the first instance. Subsequent hearings may loosen the mind and reality may just start to take hold. Continuous exposure to We Happy Few is almost certainly gonna lead to irreparable damage to the 'normality receptors' and a possible addiction to We Happy Few's unconventional blues-abilly!! I applaud their guts and I admire their (slightly leftfield) vision. I hope We Happy Few continue in their quest to change the way we think about our music; this SW London combo show great spirit, great originality and great audacity and long may We Happy Few continue to rock our world!!” Toxic Pete - toxicpete.co.uk

An interesting ‘dirty’ sound for the vocals which adds to the atmosphere of the song. Good rhythm and a nice instrumental mix. It's been getting lots of airplay at UCA. Marcus at UCA Radio comments on California 49

“…..I’m excited by the prospect of an upcoming concept album set during the Californian Gold Rush featuring money, love and murder by We Happy Few. I caught these guys a few months ago at the Half Moon Unplugged in Putney. Their old school Americana vibe has stuck with me ever since.
Its refreshing to find a band take on something so challenging. Especially when its so easy to screw a concept album up. Judging from the opening track ‘California 49’, I don’t think we’ll be disappointed.” Rylan – holeytonal.com

Alt blues band We Happy Few have a garage-y, British take on the genre, reminiscent of bands like the Bishops. Sam Inglis - Sound On Sound



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Red Ten

The Ghost of Robert Johnson
I bought this album after seeing We Happy Few play live a few months back and after initially being sceptical that they could pull off an 'unplugged' long player (no drums mainly) I have found this to be a slow burner and after a few listens I can't get their melodic Blues riffs out of my head. The two stand out tracks for me are 'John Henry' and 'Berkley Square' mainly for the haunting vocals, however it is the fret work by the lead/rhythm guitarist on every track that drives this two piece to evoke the memory of those early Blues pioneers. Don't let the fact that this band hailing from the deep south (of London) put you off, because if you like you Blues down and dirty, you won't leave feeling disappointed.


First time listen not the charm, but the 2nd one does.
I wasn't sure I was going to make it through the whole album the first time I listened to it. But then I played it again to listen to John Henry (a favorite track now). And ended up listening to the whole album about 4 times in a row. After a couple of listenings, I picked some nuances that weren't really apparent the first time through. I really appreciate the unamplified aspect of the instruments instead of the highly amplified overdriven sound.
Highly recommend giving this album a couple of chances before making up your mind it isn't for you.