2006 5 song CD EP from Chicago`s The Vandalays, a wonderful power pop outfit we`ve not heard from him in a few years and, glad to say, they have put together their strongest material in their existence! Although not a concept album, "Happy After Ever" is inter-woven with a "fairy tale versus real theme" - told with a guitar-driven, power-pop spin! The Vandalays can be counted on bringing their classic Illinois power pop sound to the fore bringing a vague recollections of Shoes in spots, but mostly faves like Blue Cartoon, a bit of the Smithereens(lead singer Chris Gerasoli sounds a bit like Pat DiNizio) and eary 80`s faves like The Producers and Hawks.
"Happy Ever After is a nice 6-song blast of power pop, kind of somewhere between Cheap Trick and Barenaked Ladies, with a touch of the Smithereens thrown in. Things start in fine fashion with the outstanding "Tracy", and "I`m Not Sleeping" and "Out/In The Night" keep the momentum going. But the highlight is the midtempo "Ramona", which jangles like there`s no tomorrow."-Absolute Power Pop. "Powered by compact rhythms and demanding vocals wired with soul, these cats are seasoned professionals and really know their way around the style of music they play. There are dozens of conventional pop rock bands out there, but The Vandalays have the goods to make their songs fresh. Hooks that buzz complemented by full-bodied choruses are also chief elements embedded in their material. If youre partial to bands like the Smithereens and Shoes, dont hesitate to cock your ears towards The Vandalays and their catchy, confessional musings."-RockBeatInternational. Very Highly Recommended!
I`m Not Sleeping - mp3
Tracy - mp3
Ramona - mp3
Fairy Tale - mp3