South Austin Popular Culture Center
"..."If I had to say two words to describe us," pauses Sean Faires, the fire-cracking singer/guitarist for the Happen-Ins, "it'd be rhythm and fuzz." The newly minted local quartet, pearl snaps and cowboy boots all around, demonstrates a cocksure swagger to fill out its collective bell-bottoms, a simmering cauldron of Texas roadhouse raunch and brown sugar boogie. It's a combination of chemistry and credentials: Faires and bassist John Michael Schoepf led the Dedringers, drummer Paul Valdez kept time for the Harlem Orchestra, and guitarist Ricky Ray Jackson fronted Lomita (see "Gilded Palace of Sin," April 27, 2007) and moonlights in Brothers and Sisters..."
"...Charles and Faires first crossed paths at the Hole in the Wall in 2012. The former revered the latter's band, muscular R&B rockers the Happen-Ins..."
"...While Charles’ transformation from rock band fixture in the Daze, Sweet Nuthin’, and Happen-Ins to a lone troubadour was evidenced in 2016’s four-star debut The Long Ride Home, the new material arrives as a more cohesive partnership with Happen-Ins guitarist/singer Sean Faires. Each new single includes a painting by Faires as well as one-sixth of the sequential narrative..."
"...Zellweger once clutched Pariah bassist and mental health care casualty Sims Ellison, whose sibling Kyle Ellison produced his brother's seminal influences onto Friends of SIMS, featuring future Gram Parsons sub Jeremy Nail, Rolling Stones joint rollers and decimators the Happen-Ins, and more. SIMS' precious nonprofit addiction support soundtracks the flip side of rock & roll's pitfalls – its lust for life...."
"...Rock & roll epitomizes freedom – in sound and state of mind – but after a decade conjuring crunch and punch, Evan Charles now seeks independence though an acoustic guitar. The 27-year-old Texan, who blossomed with teen rockers the Daze then made the scene fronting garage heavies the Sweet Nuthin', blew the doors off the Austin Music Awards two weeks ago, summoning his inner Jagger to lead the Happen-Ins through Rolling Stones' spark plug "Rip This Joint." Unbeknown to the audience, his two-year term in the Haps had already passed...."
"...“It wasn’t that long ago we were hanging fliers,” marveled Katy-born, Austin-educated actress Renée Zellweger in introducing SIMS’ 20th anniversary celebration, led by AMA musical director Charlie Sexton and Sims’ brother, Kyle Ellison. The selected covers set offered up Jeremy Nail caressing Gram Parsons’ “She,” the Happen-Ins exploding the Stones’ “Rip This Joint,” Doyle Bramhall II unloading ZZ Top's “I Thank You,” and Sexton and Spoon’s Britt Daniel joining forces with a stageful of musicians to turn out a dazzling revamp of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” as Hood and Varga rejoined on strings...."
"...Caligiuri: Golden Dawn Arkestra, Happen-Ins, Cheer Up Charlies..."
"...Gifted a silver touch and legitimate swagger, the Happen-Ins build on their derivation of R&B-fueled rock & roll with Glamour Shots, the Austin quartet's second long-player. "Same Mistakes" dusts off scarves and leather jeans in True Believers mode, all melodic riffs and glam energy, and "Gap" pumps up soulful balladry on a brash guitar attack..."
"...To borrow a line from Jack White's Raconteurs, the Happen-Ins are consolers of the lonely. The local quartet's self-titled debut, currently making the rounds on vinyl, shackles the roots flair of singer/guitarist Sean Faires' short-lived Dedringers (the pedal-steel-accented "You've Been Bad" and "Don't Look Back") with the unabashed, Rolling Stones swagger of guitarist Ricky Ray Jackson's Lomita ("Do It," "Cross Your Heart")..."
"...The shamanistic Americana experimenters, led by deep-voiced poet Devin James Fry (formerly of gothic desert rockers Salesman), sound like Leonard Cohen on a DMT vision quest. Young guitar master Ricky Ray Jackson of Phosphorescent/Happen-Ins and Ruby Fray vocalist Emily Beanblossom bulk up the live band..."
"...Happen-Ins @Sahara Lounge (June 18)..."
"...I missed Austin – its speed, its simplicity – and was having trouble finding outlets that could bring me back to pace. I took solace in Red River bands on tour, trekking to Williamsburg for the Happen-Ins and Hoboken for Hacienda and the Honeybears..."
"...An omnipresent force in Austin music – backing giants in the Austin Music Awards and All-ATX house bands, and playing bass for the Happen-ins, Roky Erickson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bruce Robison, and Kelly Willis – Schoepf steps up to the mic on Night Glitter's EP. The title track and highlight "Hangin' on a Dream" positions him as a shoegazy singer and impressive songwriter...."
"...2016: Freaks and Geeks: Peter Stopschinski & Jenavieve Varga, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Mother Falcon; Blazing Bows: Warren Hood, Carrie Rodriguez, Emily Gimble, Alvin Crow, Jason Roberts, Erik Hokkanen; SIMS Celebration: Emcee Renée Zellweger, Doyle Bramhall II, Charlie Sexton & Britt Daniel, Jeremy Nail, the Happen-Ins; Antone’s/Paul Ray tribute: Jimmie Vaughan, C.J. Chenier, Barbara Lynn, Lou Ann Barton, special guest Robert Plant..."
"...“Being in that band is like having a weekly meditation group,” offers Fry of the local quintet: bassist Grant Himmler, guitarist Garrett Hellman, Ricky Ray Jackson (of Phosphorescent and Happen-Ins) on pedal steel, and Dorian Colbert on drums. “We’re encouraging each other to go deep with our playing and writing..."
"...Consider Evan Charles a musician's musician amongst the eclectic Austin scene. Helping populate a plethora of local acts including day-trippers the Daze, basement grinders the Sweet Nuthin, and R&B jammers the Happen-Ins, the singer here immerses himself in folk and Americana as if he and his new backing trio Altamesa were born to it..."
"...Texas-born actress and close friend of Sims Ellison, Renee Zellweger will introduce the SIMS 20th Anniversary which includes a wide array of Austin talent. The line-up includes, Jeremy Nail + Sally Allen + The Happen-Ins + Britt Daniel + Doyle Bramhall II + Georgia Bramhall + Anthony Cole + Adam Minkoff + Kyle Ellison + Charlie Sexton + Marlon Sexton. Kicking off this year's show are the'Freaks and Geeks' of Austin, including the unpredictable Peter Stopschinski, of Golden Hornet Project, psychedelic afro-beat band Golden Dawn Arkestra and Mother Falcon..."