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Happier Than You

Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse

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Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse

Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse

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The Band

 

 JHC&TFHotA is over-thinking person’s horny, genre-bending, apocalyptic, powerless power pop.  JHC&TFHotA marry cabaret, theater, narrative, and rock. Candidly acid, veering between sang froid and sang chaud, each song is a veritable gobstopper/torte of feeling and denial.  A push-pull of sweet and sour, bitter and bubbly,  JHC&TFHotA will call you on your sh*t, celebrating the absurdity of existence, turning it into something infectious, something sticky, and even sometimes something transcendent. 

JHC&TFHotA have been compared to: Arcade Fire, New Pornographers, if they were fronted by Amy Sedaris, Fountains of Wayne if they sang about having sex instead of not having sex, a female-fronted Ween with “Brian Wilson-worthy harmonies,” the Waitresses, Zappa, and Sippie Wallace. 

JHC&TFHotA members have, individually, played with Prince, Elton John, Elvis Costello, with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, and on Broadway in numerous shows including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked and in The Producers. Literary credits include plays, films, fiction in Vice, Purple Magazine, The Baffler, a Pushcart Prize, and the bestselling book Taxi Driver Wisdom. One member invented a beer called High & Mighty.

Band members

(Clockwise from left)

Chris Olness Trombone

Tim Schadt Trumpet

Stan Mitchell Drums Percussion

Joel Shelton Guitar/Vocals

Will Shelton Bass

Mike Boschen Trombone

Wayne DuMaine Trumpet/Keys

Risa Mickenberg Vocals

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PRESS

The New Yorker: One of 10 albums of the year worth a second listen. "Wry, thundering power pop!”  

Tucson Weekly (Linda Ray): “In a perfect world, this would be the Saturday Night Live house band, and reason enough to start watching Saturday Night Live again...a collection of intelligently observant and wryly amusing pop/rock/punk takes on gender politics (read: sex and its complications), the state of the United States (especially Connecticut) and certain everyday characters and their quirks. All are set in fine musicianship, with Brian Wilson-worthy harmonies and imaginative arrangements.

The Village Voice (Robert Christgau): “RATED: A- “Some of the songs are funny, the rest very funny.”  

Pop Matters (Jason MacNeil): “An odd blend of Sixpence None The Richer, Arcade Fire and New Pornographers if they were all fronted   by Amy Sedaris.”  

No Depression (David Menconi): "Picture NRBQ with a metallic pop edge and an expanded horn section, fronted by a singer who looks a bit like Julia Louis Dreyfus, sounds a bit like Sarah Vowell and writes a bit like Amy Rigby only much nastier.

Trouser Press  UK (Ira Robbins): "Sardonic adult humor in music is amply illustrated by this entertaining New York octet (half of it being the Four Hornsmen, who add to, without ever overwhelming, the simple rock music with brass)."

No Depression: “Side-splittingly funny.” “Will completely rock your world.”  

The Village Voice (George Smith): “Hammering punkarama, namechecking Saul Bellow, Philip   K. Dick, and Jerry Lewis.”  

The Boston Herald: “Nervy, mighty amusing!”  

New York Magazine: “Smart, catchy, power pop!”

Idolator (Brian Block) "Because all of their songs are funny... it took me awhile to recognize their debut album as truly brilliant. But if suburban ennui can be art in the hands of the Stooges or the Replacements, if relationship dysfunction is a good enough topic for Bob Dylan or Big Star, if Lou Reed and the Rolling Stones are allowed to complain about weird girls and Talking Heads to celebrate the quirks of American culture, I see no reason why JHC&4HotA can't win awe for doing all the above while being just as emotionally on-target and, at the same time, as ridiculous as we know (in our wiser moments) the emotions themselves are."

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danice marshall

Painting by DaNice Marshall

Downloadable One Sheets

One Sheet: Happier Than You Download the one-sheet for the album: Happier Than You. 1.71 MB
One Sheet: Jesus H Christ And The Four Hornsmen Of The Apocalypse One Sheet for the debut self-titled album. 160 KB