The Happy Pill Academy
The Happy Pill Academy is from London in the United States of Britain. It is a one-person endeavor but that one person maintains a healthy relationship with the other, largely imaginary, members of the band.
Growing up in the grim and grey North of Englandshire, Matthew Guy Ibbs (sole proprietor of The Happy Pill Academy) was in two very obscure local bands and never achieved anything other than managing to escape his home town.
After moving to London to pursue a career with his band Jalopy, he had a momentary lapse of perspective and quit music. Then after a very long semi-hiatus, he started making noises again. And then a bit later he started recording them.
The Happy Pill Academy blends together strong lyrics with elements of 90s grunge infused riffs, reminiscent of Nirvana / Eels / Beck and Pearl Jam. He considers himself to be alternative rock, but everyone else keeps telling him that he is, in fact, "Lo-Fi".
Kerosene, Matches and Time
The Happy Pill Academy presents Kerosene, Matches & Time: a collection of tracks almost entirely about bitterness, betrayal, remorse, and love-gone-stale, but with a little cross-dressing and redemption thrown in for good measure.
Frontispiece Matthew Guy Ibbs describes it as, “A constant battle between the songs that I want to write, versus the songs that come out… which are usually darker, more cynical.”
The result is a series of intricately composed, gutsy songs that take on matters of the mind, with bold melodies and a fearless voice.
Press for The Happy Pill Academy
... and the debut album Kerosene, Matches and Time:
"An album of whimsical thought and lo-fidelity production that will either have you running for the hills or delightedly spending the roughly forty two minutes of its duration in quiet appreciation ... this isn’t the last time I will be keen to share new material by THPA"
On 23rd February, 2018, The Happy Pill Academy (and friends) will be performing a free live show at The Antenna Cafe. Admission is free. Doors open at 7pm. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by: Paul Hooker (c/o Razor Fly) Matt Ibbs (c/o The Happy Pill Academy) Matt Pryor Leila Zuleika Williams Christopher Parr They’ll be […]
Happily and proudly flaunting its lack of an oxford-comma in a show of post-modernist wry irony, Kerosene, Matches and Time is the debut album from London-based band The Happy Pill Academy. The album has been released to, and is available on most digital music download stores and streaming sites worldwide as of now. The Happy […]
It’s two days until The Happy Pill Academy’s debut love-gone-wrong-infused alt/indie album Kerosene, Matches and Time is released on the 26th of January. To give you a taste of what you can get your ear-holes around once it’s released, Foxxy Music and The Happy Pill Academy have unleashed a single that you can listen to right now! It’s called I’m Not Cross, I’m […]
Want to pre-order the debut album from the wryly-humored The Happy Pill Academy? Find yourself in some need of Kerosene and Matches and you have the time? Here’s a list of links you can click on – even better they’ll work once the album goes live too! We’ll keep adding to them over the coming […]
The Happy Pill Academy‘s debut album – Kerosene, Matches and Time will be released worldwide to streaming and digital music services on January 26th, 2018. Kerosene, Matches and Time represents a collection of tracks almost entirely about bitterness, betrayal, remorse, and love gone stale, but with a little cross-dressing and redemption thrown in for good […]
We’re proud and ecstatically happy to be able to announce that The Happy Pill Academy has signed as the first artist to join forces with Foxxy Music! This whole thing is a bit of an experiment, and we’ll be learning together as we move forwards towards a bright, and exceptionally tuneful future. Even better, The Happy […]