Happy Body Slow Brain features ex-Taking Back Sunday guitarist/vocalist Matthew Fazzi and ex-touring guitarist Isaac Bolivar starting over with a new band exploring a more eclectic array of influences than their past group for their debut album. The progressive R&B-Rock band hails from San Jose, CA and digitally self-released their debut record Dreams Of Water via their website happybodyslowbrain.com on 9/21 (physical available 9/28 and at upcoming shows).
After being released from Taking Back Sunday (who decided to return to their original line-up) in March, Fazzi and Bolivar quickly regrouped and recruited Gavin Castleton Trio drummer Eduardo Torres to focus on their new project full-time. Their plan was simple: create a fresh album more true to their personal influences. Dreams of Water was produced by Marc J. Hudson (Saves The Day, Two Tongues) at his home studio Rancho Recordo in Fenton, MI in May and June. Musically, Dreams of Water centers on groove, featuring keyboard-heavy elements such as the Rhodes piano and thick, layered synthesizers displaying shades of Tears For Fears. While rooted in rock and roll, Dreams Of Water shows Happy Body Slow Brain incorporating more of an R&B chord and melody influence in the style of Steely Dan. The album is dense with rich, layered vocals and harmonies that resemble the styles of The Beach Boys or Jellyfish. When the songs lean more on the guitars, they draw influence from mathy/guitar-centric bands like The Dismemberment Plan, Oceansize, and Counterfit with distinct and unique melodic and rhythmic guitar parts. You can stream Dreams Of Water and find tour-dates at happybodyslowbrain.com.