One of my favorite records of the year that wasn't released in 2011 is Candy Hearts' full-length debut Ripped Up Jeans & Silly Dreams, an excellent collection of '90s indie rock meets '90s pop punk style rock 'n' roll that includes some absolutely brilliant gems. The band's follow up, Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy is just as good if not better. The best way to describe Candy Hearts' sound would be to imagine if The Muffs and Sebadoh (at least their songs like "Rebound") had a kid.
Everything's Amazing... opens with the extremely fun "Tongue Tied," a song about stumbling over ones words, which perfectly sets the stage for the entire record. From there the record travels over issues of relationships, music, and love all from a strongly feminine point-of-view. These are very traditional topics in the indie punk world but singer/guitarist Mariel Loveland breathes new life into them, making this record new and refreshing while still feeling familiar and safe (and by “safe” I mean something that you can always go back to and feel comfortable and at home with). I’d list the standout moments on this record but honestly the entire thing is fantastic (listen below).
If you have never heard Candy Hearts but are a fan of bands like Great Cynics, The Muffs, The Thermals, The Promise Ring, Sebadoh, Broadcaster, or Cheap Girls then you need to give this band a listen. Seriously, this band is really, really, really good and Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy is one of the best records of the year.
Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy by candyhearts