ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: THE HAPPY FITS

In a time where positivity is hard to come by, the Happy Fits are here with their sunny second
album, What Could Be Better.

Turning a love for the Killers and Violent Femmes into their own compact pop songwriting, the New Jersey-based trio started as a casual summer project for longtime friends Calvin Langman, Ross Monteith, and Luke Davis before starting college. After their debut EP took off on Spotify during their first semester, they dropped out to record their 2018 full-length Concentrate. Now, the Happy Fits are back with a new collection of crowd-pleasers.

From the stomping “No Instructions” to “Get a Job,” What Could Be Better channels youthful malaise into songs that demand to be sung along to. “Moving” deploys Beach Boys-inspired harmonies for a timeless sound, and the integration of Langman’s classical cello training will appeal to fans of early Vampire Weekend.

The band’s upbeat nature comes from a desire to connect with a world that’s sometimes distant. What Could Be Better’s title track was inspired by Langman’s isolation as one of the few Asian-Americans in his hometown. As the band’s stages get bigger, he knows he’s becoming the role model he didn’t have, saying, “It feels really good to be someone that Filipino kids growing
up in America could look up to.”

The Happy Fits have brought their joyous live show across the country on multiple headlining tours, as well as supporting acts like This Wild Life and the Frights. For now, they’re regularly livestreaming performances, maintaining the camaraderie that’s earned them a particularly engaged fanbase.

What Could Be Better is a mission statement that’s meant to be shared, something Monteith already knows well.

“We want people to feel good listening to our music, because that’s what music does for people.”