ECSP #23
Press Release - Announcement

SadHappy and French TV to perform at the Boathouse

FREMONT, CA (June 13, 1999)

ECSP is proud to announce our next double headlining show featuring: SADHAPPY and FRENCH TV.
Where: Saturday, June 26th @ the Boathouse, San Francisco Doors: 8:00 PM, Show promptly @ 8:30 PM; Address: 1 Harding Road, San Francisco, near Lake Merced and Skyline Boulevard. Cost: $10 adv/$12.50 day of the show. Ticket Availability: or CD Warehouse outlets in Sunnyvale or Newark. All seats are General Admission. Advance ticket holders will be seated first.

SadHappy: Bio info (from their website) "Two basses might sound like a recipe for disaster... SADHAPPY get around this by realizing the implicit power in the timbre of the bass guitar: the added resonance, the volcanic rumble-it's impossible to ignore, the sheer booty-shaking body. And they go for it full-bloodedly. In the resulting low-end carnage, saxes and guitars are not missed. SadHappy's current incarnation includes bass boss Michael Manring, 1994 Bassist of the Year, Bass Player Magazine."

SadHappy's dark and challenging music is not for everyone...
"And their music does not sound like any other band. With the release of 'Good Day Bad Dream', the trio has redefined the genre drums'n'bass on their own terms. 'Good Day Bad Dream' blends multiple strands of modern electric music with surprising success. It's an overlapping low-end approach of art-punk, weird-funk, jazz, dark ambience, sampledelia, progressive rock, and a dash of psychological sewage."
– Misfit City, London

"Heavy on atmosphere and even heavier on attitude, the disc is a ballsy, unpredictable affair that pushes the audio envelope."

SADHAPPY began life in Seattle, 1989, as a 'power duo'. Bass wiz Paul Hinklin and drummer Evan Schiller played close to 50 shows, releasing two cassettes with just bass and drums. Then, in 1991 tenor saxophone mutation SKERIK (Critters Buggin', Tuatara) joined and the trio released three widely acclaimed CDs, "Depth Charge", "Live-Before We Were Dead" and "The Good, the Bad... and the Scary". In 1997, Manring joined Hinklin and Schiller to create a one-of-a kind subharmonic power trio.

"SADHAPPY were popular favorites on the Seattle scene even before Nirvana and the other guitar rock supergroups hit it big. And with their unique and decidedly alternative approach to jazzpunkfusion they continue to push the envelope as far as they feel necessary."

SADHAPPY's live shows move a lot of air...
"At times the low end was so dense that it sounded like a B-52 bomber was trying to land in the middle of the theatre." "Double lightening bass action up front, an amazing drummer, and a balanced 90 minute set of improvisation and album numbers - what more could you want? A singer, maybe, but that's not the point, really. Not when you have Michael Manring, one of the world's greatest bassists, augmenting the creative chops of drummer Evan Schiller and second (!) bass virtuoso Paul Hinklin. I can't speak for dedicated SADHAPPYheads, but the performance I saw left casual observers agape."
– Anchorage Press

Jeff Melton, ECSP 510-796-5186