Throwing A (Happy) Fit On Zoom
A global pandemic will not prevent the world from celebrating music. On Thursday night, March 11, the Happy Fits hosted their first Zoom concert. Beyond The Stage Magazine received a golden ticket of an invitation (literally) to join in on the fun. To nobody’s surprise, it was very satisfying.
The Happy Fits is a young alternative band consisting of Ross Monteith on guitar, Calvin Langman on cello, and Luke Davis on drums. Their music is wild, fun, and lively for anyone who has not heard them before. The trio projected a welcoming, lighthearted vibe through their smiles, making the Zoom session more comfortable.
The Happy Fits managed to impress the audience with a two-part show. The first half of the setlist included Monteith on electric guitar and Davis behind the drum set. However, there were some technical difficulties that resulted in the second-half of the set turning into an unplugged session. The Fits did not seem to panic and instead smoothly transitioned the show into a new sound with the same vibe. Whether the group is performing with more volume or not, their energy still delivers.
In the first half, they showcased a couple of tracks from their latest album What Could Be Better. “She Wants Me (To Be Loved)” was a great opening song and was followed by a strong performance of “Moving”.
The unplugged portion of the show was a pleasant surprise. If anything, it made the idea of a Happy Fits acoustic album seem exciting. “Get A Job” was a standout experience as Langman’s cello and Monteith’s guitar bounced off one another. Their latest hit “Hold Me Down” also came as a surprise in the unplugged setting.
Q & A with The Happy Fits
Their setting had a homey vibe, a well-furnished room decorated with strung-up lights and glowing neon signs. The band seemed comfortable within it while interacting with the audience through the chat. They told brief stories about each song beforehand and answered questions from the audience. They recalled the experience of their first show, their personal favorite music videos, and their favorite television shows. It brought them down to earth and presented a friendly side to them. It was also interesting to hear about the process of making a music video for “The Garden” in the midst of a pandemic.
The Happy Fits recovered from a technical difficulty and maintained their hectic musical style. Their photogenic performance gave the show an extra boost behind each note. Whoever directed the show did a great job switching between the three camera shots. Langman and Monteith did a wonderful job on vocals as usual. Davis held a steady beat throughout every song whether he was behind a PDP drum set or a cajon. They did an amazing job balancing a performance for the audience and communicating with them. The trio proved that live music can still survive through a pandemic and please the audiences.
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