Top UK Wedding Band Happy Hour Record "The Uncoverable Song"!
NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME, England, January 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
How can a young, successful wedding band stand out in a crowded market place and
demonstrate genuine talent and musical ability in just one song? That's the challenge laid
down by Alive Network entertainment agency to one of their popular wedding band's Happy
Hour, with the result that the four lads have just recorded the ultimate 'uncoverable
song', "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. What's even more amazing, no auto tune or pitch
correction was used at all in the bands re-make of the Queen master piece!
It's a daunting task to take on the classic 1975 hit, with its complex mix of heavy
rock and opera, but Happy Hour were more than up to the task. A four-piece party band
based in Essex, Happy Hour have been providing top class wedding entertainment across the
length and breadth of the UK since 2005 and were regional finalists at the Wedding
Industry Awards 2014.
Happy Hour are part of the UK's largest live entertainment booking service, Alive
Network, and work exclusively with the agency under their artist development programme.
Alive Network provide the four Essex lads with everything they could possibly need,
including recording studio time, photo shoots, website design, business development,
performance workshops, business advice and promo video production.
The band is constantly pushing the boundaries with the promotion and marketing and of
their musical services, so with this in mind, the band sought Alive Network's advice on
what to record next. Band leader and founder Richie Cooper wasn't prepared for the
response: "We knew we should really go to town and push ourselves musically for our 2014
promo materials, to maintain our position as one of the UK's most frequently booked
wedding bands. Alive Network suggested we record an epic track which would also be filmed,
so potential customers could see our personalities and hear our quality in a way which
would make us really stand out from other less experienced acts. However, when they
suggested Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' - a song considered by many musicians to be "The
Uncoverable Song" - we nearly fell over!
"It was a terrific challenge, with the operatic vocals pushing our harmony vocals to
the extremes. Luckly all members of the band sing, and our lead guitarist Andy is a choir
leader for 'Rock Choir', described by Decca records as the largest and most popular
contemporary choir in the world, so he helped us break the song apart and create an
arrangement which really worked for us, and which stands up well alongside the original
"The band are always so amazing to work with, full of enthusiasm, energy and ideas."
says Tom Bishop, the recording studio engineer who recorded Bohemian Rhapsody with Happy
Hour. "We knew this was going to be a real challenge, but the guys worked their socks off
to capture an authentic sounding version of the song, and I was amazed when it came time
to mix the track that we were not going to need any auto-tune or pitch correction to fix
any of the vocal tuning. The public are so used to hearing perfectly tuned vocals on
modern recordings, that's it's very rare to recored any any band without applying a little
vocal tuning polish. This feat in it's self demonstrates the talent of Happy Hour, and
this was a large part of the bands thinking in recording this track - to show off just how
good Alive's function bands are. They certainly pulled out all the stops, and we're all
really pleased with how great their version of this classic track sounds."
On its release in 1975, 'Bohemian Rhapsody" was the most expensive single ever
recorded, and at almost six minutes long, considered unsuitable for radio. However, after
extensive pre-release airplays, the single spent nine weeks at the top of the UK charts,
selling over a million copies. Key to its success was its innovative promo video, which
Happy Hour pay homage to in their own video.
Rich Hearn, Head of Artist Management and Development at Alive Network, is delighted
with the results. "By challenging the lads to take on a iconic song and aim for the
exceptionally high standards of the original, we've created a great showcase for the
musical talents and exceptional energy of Happy Hour. We never wanted to recreate the
original track or 'cover' it, more to give Happy Hour something exceptional to strive
towards, and we are astounded with the results the boys have achieved. Happy Hour have
absolutely no plans to release this as a single, we simply offer it as something for
potential clients to watch, enjoy and appreciate that these guys are really good at what
they do and would be amazing to hire for any party, wedding or corporate event!"
Happy Hour are available for bookings exclusively through Alive Network, and offer a
complete wedding, function or party experience.
For more details, see http://www.alivenetwork.com/blogs/latest-news.asp?ID=225
Check out Happy Hour's awesome version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Youtube here:
Alive Network is the UK's largest live music and live entertainment service, with over
4000 experienced musicians, bands and groups on its books.
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a diverse range of musical styles, from classical to mariachi bands, Bollywood to big
band, opera singers to bagpipers.
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