Posted in music | tour dates on December 1, 2009

Kyle Thomas, Ruth Garbus & Chris Weisman
Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday is Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff), Chris Weisman, and Ruth Garbus. They formed in November 2008 to play one show at the punk-space "Tinderbox"(RIP), in their hometown Brattleboro, Vermont. Kyle needed a band to play his new pop songs because he was too scared to play by himself. They enjoyed playing with each other so much that they decided to keep doing it. They have now played a total of 5 shows. Kyle sings and plays lead guitar. The songs are mostly his, but the band arranges and finishes them together. He is also a painter and drawer and loves top 40, shoes, texting, comic books, etc. Ruth Garbus plays drums and sings. She also makes her own music and art. Chris Weisman plays "inverted-tuning" guitar, bass, and sings. He makes 4-track songs, enjoys reading and writing, and is a guitar teacher.
-[Sub Pop in September]
Happy Birthday's Sub Pop signing was announced in September, but so far the label hasn't released any of the tracks from the album's worth of songs the band recorded for them (due to be released March 16th, 2010). The record's tracklist is below.

The band was signed only a few months after their first non-Brattleboro, VT show, which happened in Winooski, VT in July. A video from that gig is below. Since then, the group made what we think was their NYC debut at Silent Barn on October 21st (during CMJ) and opened two nights for Devendra Banhart in Burlington and Boston in November.

Happy Birthday are scheduled to visit NYC again on December 12th for a show at Death By Audio with Yellow Fever (their debut album release show) and Vivian Girls
Happy Birthday is a supergroup of sorts. In addition to their individual solo projects, Ruth and Kyle are both in Feathers, Kyle (aka King Tuff) is also in Witch, and Chris plays as a duo with Greg Davis.

Chris Weisman (who is not in Feathers or Witch) has a brother named Kurt Weisman who is also in Feathers (who are signed to Devendra Banhart's label Gnomonsong) and Witch (who feature J Mascis as a member).

Ruth Garbus has a sister named Merrill Garbus who recently broke up her band Sister Suvi and is now best known as Tune-Yards.

Ruth (Happy Birthday) just signed to Sub Pop. Merrill recently signed to 4AD. That's a family full of talent with a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Catch both sisters performing solo on the same NYC bill for the first time at the Stone two days before Christmas.

Happy Birthday album tracklist and a live video of the group (possibly the only way to hear them via the Internet at the moment), below...


HAPPY BIRTHDAY @ Monkey House - Winooski VT - 07/12/09

Happy Birthday - 2009 Tour Dates
Dec 12 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York $
$ w/ Vivian Girls, Yellow Fever


'Happy Birthday' tracklist
1. Girls FM
2. Too Shy
3. Cracked
4. Perverted Girl
5. Subliminal Message
6. Eyes Music
7. Maxine the Teenage Eskimo
8. I Wanna Stay (I Runaway)
9. Pink Strawberry Shake
10. Zit
11. Fun



Comments (20)

"Happy Birthday"

Dear 2010,
no more bands, please??

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 10:40 PM

lol @ 10:40

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2009 10:42 PM

AGREED! You really couldn't think of anything better then Happy Birthday!?! NOTHING?!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2009 1:12 AM


Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2009 10:02 AM


Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2009 10:40 AM

seriously, i would love to hear what the other possible names might have been before they settled on that shit name.

maybe they will play SICK rendition of the song during their live sets.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2009 10:44 AM

holy shit, the video of "Happy Birthday" is a massive joke, they sound like a "Alice in Chains" cover band...WTF Sub Pop???

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2009 1:11 PM

Ok, as a struggling musician, I try to be arbitrary when subpar bands are signed after playing four shows, have no real talent or following, etc., but this is a joke. Sub Pop, no matter how hard you try, you can't make every garage band you sign the next Nirvana...especially these hacks.

Posted by Snowball 37 | December 3, 2009 12:03 PM

Hey BV and BV readers...just wanted to say that whomever posted that last comment, has nothing to do with our band...:o)

Posted by Snowball 37 | December 4, 2009 5:53 AM

Having heard this band I can confidently attest to their awesomeness... bad video maybe but excellent songcraft... PS have you even heard King Tuff? or Witch? These guys got it going on!

Posted by Ben | December 12, 2009 3:09 PM

ya this band rules.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2009 6:46 PM

This band DOES rule... yr all haters. Check out King Tuff's solo tunes, same brainchild.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2010 7:36 PM


Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2010 9:13 AM

Check out the Girls FM mp3 over at Gorrila vs. Bear...its pretty excellent.

Posted by scuzz | January 13, 2010 1:28 PM

Happy birthday rules. And if you don't agree, u r jealous or u like crap.

Posted by A | February 26, 2010 2:30 PM

you all are commenting on a website named after a trendy city, a trendy eating habit bitching about trendy music. quite frankly your all total douche bags.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2010 9:18 PM

plus i love how you think its totally realistic for a record label to sign the same band over and over again. why? because you have an acute taste in music. sorry you dont love every single band thats on that label. it wasnt built to suit one person. though that is the problem anyways isnt it? you know that this label puts out trendy alternative music. you hear the hype about all the same bands from all the same places told to you by all the same people and thats what your gonna stick to.

Posted by Anonymous | March 15, 2010 9:26 PM

check out reviews at onethirty bpm, stereo subversion and pitchfork to get a better idea of what this cool band is about! saw them in Burlington with Devendra banhart and they were great!

Posted by Mike Turner | April 3, 2010 9:46 PM

I heard them through KEXP FM and I can confidendtly say that girls fm is my fav track!
It rocks!
Reminds me of the band X.

Posted by Ino Martin | April 18, 2010 4:39 AM

to anybody who calls these guys hacks:

when is the last time J. Mascis asked you to write songs and front for his side project?

Posted by stephenb123 | June 23, 2010 2:18 PM

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