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The Ha'pennies, Budding London Indie Sensation on their latest EP 'Fill Your Boots'

Indie | Friday 8th March 2019 | Ana

The Ha’pennies (hay-pennies), a once two-man band in South Wales is now a budding four-piece group of talented artists, Ben, Will, Joe and Sam along with their producer Sam Fitzpatrick aiming to make a smash in the London music scene.

 

Their latest EP, Fill Your Boots, released 1st March was launched at The Century Club in Soho on the 22d February.

 

Fill Your Boots is dedicated to their long-time friend and one of the band founders, Dan Price. The EP takes an emotional dig into the past two years of the guys’ lives since Dan’s death, exploring this in 6 songs varying from bouncy indie-pop to anger-fuelled rock and roll.

 

Sitting across from them on the greening roof terrace of The Century Club, it wouldn’t seem that these guys could possibly be unsigned, and what they introduced themselves to be a ‘new band’. I mean, with their clear passion for music and evidently refined talent, it seems as though they’ve been doing this for longer than they reveal at first.

 

With their clear passion for music and evidently refined talent, it seems as though they’ve been doing this for longer than they reveal at first.

 

However, after taking a deeper dig at the words behind their latest EP and actually getting to know them, the answer unveils: maybe the reinvention of their band is not about the lack of success in their previous life, but about a change in their attitudes towards music. Something that could be accredited to their fast-rising success despite falling somewhat out of the loop after Dan’s death.

 

Maybe the reinvention of their band is not about the lack of success in their previous life, but about a change in their attitudes towards music.

 

“The EP? It’s mainly about Dan. There’s a lot of emotion in it and heartfelt songs. It’s a good vibe, really. Most of the songs were written fairly soon after his death,” says Ben, the guitarist and singer, when asked about their inspiration for Fill Your Boots.

 

“Some songs are quite direct and evidently about him, like ‘Go On Go’,” Ben continues. “Even after years of playing it, it’s still quite an emotional piece and all the emotions are still there, maybe just more tamed since we’ve dealt with that grief and are getting past it.”

 

“Definitely. I’d say music is like a personal therapy,” Will comments, elaborating on how they are coping with the loss.

 

“Music is like a personal therapy.” 

 

Whilst their previous official EP, The Ha’pennies, is a hit with thousands of listeners, this new one brings out a side of The Ha’pennies that was hidden behind their previous persona, and perhaps unveils an acoustic talent they accredit to their late friend, Dan, more than themselves.

 

"I feel like mine and Will’s songwriting went to a different level since then. Which is great.”

 

“Yeah, well that was the EP with Dan on it, which was genius. He helped us a lot with our songs, too... added a golden touch to it,” reminisces Ben. “I think now though since he’s gone, we’re trying to loon into the golden touch a bit more. I feel like mine and Will’s songwriting went to a different level since then. Which is great.”

As the confidence grows around the table, the unsure feelings of whether they were ready for the crushing reality that the London music scene can bring to you fall away, and a different feeling dominates, an excitement for them.

 

“No, we’re not letting this set us back. The biggest thing we've learnt so far in our careers has been that persistence is key."

 

“No, we’re not letting this set us back and this is exactly what we’re saying with this EP. It’s great that we get to share this but the biggest thing we’ve learnt so far in our careers has been that persistence is key,” says Sam, shaking his head. “Be happy is our motto. No matter what comes your way.”

“We are the way it should be in a marriage. It’s relationships management. If you can't get on with these people and enjoy and move past hurdles together, then you’re not gonna work out in the long-term. Luckily we all get on really well,” Sam smiles.

 

So, maybe their reinvention is not a sign of decline but a sign of budding success, after all.

 

So, maybe their reinvention is not a sign of decline but a sign of budding success, after all.

 

Sometimes you need to reinvent yourself to recognise what’s truly important. To these guys its music and it’s performing, that is aside from their alter personas outside of music being of absolutely normal, down-to-earth guys who design sites, do kickboxing and run an organic cosmetics company. 

 

In their words: “Living in London is great but tough and the prices are extortionate, but we’d simply say F it if we weren’t fully dedicated to this at the end of the day.”

 

“Living in London is great but tough and the prices are extortionate, but we’d simply say F it if we weren’t fully dedicated to this at the end of the day.”

 

The band are now looking at lots of London-based gigs and potentially touring around the UK. The Guestlist exclusive is that the next, and first, album is going to be out by the end of this year, so you know what to do.

 

 

Find out more about the band on their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming events and updates on what they're doing! give their music a listen on Spotify and Soundcloud.

 

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