ALBUM: Her Parents – Happy Birthday

Release Date: May 13th, 2013
Label: Alcopop! Records
Website: None available


Members of Internet Forever, Stairs To Korea and Dananananaykroyd came together in July last year to create the new punk band, Her Parents. Their first LP, ‘Happy Birthday’, has been released through Alcopop! Records and have even brought it out on vinyl. The 12 song album is teamed with slightly unsettling artwork and at first seems very in your face.

At first glance, it’s hard to determine what kind of band Her Parents are if they’re a new band to you. It’s perhaps the eccentric and pretty gruesome album artwork or the melodramatic or stuck in 2009 song names that are completely off putting initially.

It’s hard to be convinced of the album from first song ‘You’ve Got Mail’, which sounds very typical of the type of band Her Parents are and a song that’s indeterminable and been played a million times before. Happy Birthday manages to pull listeners back as the album goes on, with songs like ‘Lithuanian Mercedes’ and ‘I Live In A Tree’, which are slightly more unique.

What’s good about the album though is that it doesn’t drag on and has punchy riffs and a kick to each song. A lot is fit into the few minutes of each song. ‘Happy Birthday’ definitely takes a few listens to get into, because it seems while finding their feet as a band Her Parents have stumbled a bit in making this album. It’s uncertain as to the direction that they’re really trying to go in, but as the band have said, they’re just a bunch of guys getting together and playing some punk music.

After a few listens to ‘Happy Birthday’, the band don’t seem as typical as they started off the album. It’s uncertain how much will come of ‘Happy Birthday’ and Her Parents, but all in all the album certainly isn’t a groundbreaking effort.

Written by Caitlyn Dewar