Under the leadership of multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie, indie supergroup Superhuman Happiness were founded in Brooklyn in 2008. Their party-friendly sounds mixed composition, improvisation, and a groove-heavy sense of rhythm. They made their full-length debut with Hands in 2013.
Songwriter, saxophonist, and vocalist Bogie was joined by a rotating lineup of over two dozen in the group's first few years, including singer Andrea Diaz, guitarists Luke O'Malley and Ryan Ferreira, keyboardist Jared Samuel, trumpet players Eric Biondo and Eli Asher, bassist Nikhil Yerawadekar, and drummers Miles Arntzen, Ian Chang, and Sam Levin. Their joyful and uplifting mix of pop and improv reached its apex in their exuberant performances, and apart from various tours and festivals, they were regulars at famed Brooklyn performance and culture hub Zebulon.
The group's recorded output was steady and varied, with debut EP Fall Down Seven Times Stand Up Eight seeing release in 2009, The Physical EP arriving in 2011, and a series of 7" singles and Web-released videos coming in waves between 2010 and 2012. The band also appeared on the Red Hot + Rio 2 compilation, collaborating on a track with Cults, as well as working on the soundtrack to the 2011 documentary film How to Survive a Plague. Most of the bandmembers split their time in various bands as working musicians, adding their talents to projects as wide-reaching as Iron & Wine, Cibo Matto, and Antibalas, but coming together as schedules allowed to work on recordings and performances with Superhuman Happiness.
Once everyone was finally in the same place, 2013 saw the fruits of their labor with the release of their first proper full-length album, Hands, via Royal Potato Family Records. Equally ambitious and catchy, Escape Velocity followed in 2015 on the same label. Their third LP, Beacon, was their first for Yeggs Records. Issued in 2018, it saw singer Dia Luna alongside a lineup that included Bogie, Biondo, Levin, Rubblebucket's Ian Hersey, Antibalas' Miles Francis, and more, as well guest appearances by Richard Reed Parry, Colin Stetson, and Darkside's Dave Harrington. ~ Fred Thomas