Have a Nice Life

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Have a Nice Life
Macuga, left; Barrett, right.
Macuga, left; Barrett, right.
Background information
OriginMiddletown, Connecticut, United States
GenresPost-punk,[1] experimental rock, shoegaze
Years active2000–present
LabelsEnemies List Home Recordings, The Flenser
Associated acts Giles Corey, GATE, The Flowers of St. Francis, Black Wing, Nahvalr
MembersDan Barrett
Tim Macuga

Have a Nice Life is an American post-punk band founded in Connecticut, United States, in 2000 by Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga.

History[edit]

Have a Nice Life was formed in 2000 by Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga of Connecticut. They have mentioned the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division, New Order, Earth, Sunn O))), Xasthur, Lurker of Chalice, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Sisters of Mercy, Kraftwerk, and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche as influences on their music.[2]

Their debut album, Deathconsciousness, has received critical acclaim since its release in 2008.[3] It initially did not receive much recognition but has since been hailed as a modern masterpiece through discussions on online communities and word of mouth.[4] The band have since developed a cult audience.[5]

The band followed up with the extended play Time of Land, released as a free download in 2010.[6]

On January 27, 2014,[7] Have a Nice Life released their second studio album The Unnatural World. According to Metacritic, the album has received generally favorable reviews.[8][9]

On November 8, 2019, the band released their third studio album Sea of Worry.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation album[edit]

  • Voids (2009)

Extended play[edit]

  • Time of Land (2010)

Demos[edit]

  • Have a Nice Life vs. You (2002)
  • Powers of Ten (2006)

Singles[edit]

  • "The Big Gloom" (2006), released promotionally as a free download on the band's Myspace account.[12]
  • "Bloodhail" (2008), released promotionally as a free download on the band's Myspace account.[13]
  • "I Don't Love" (2008), released promotionally as a free download on the band's Myspace account.[14]
  • "Sea of Worry" (2019)
  • "Lords of Tresserhorn" (2019)
  • "Science Beat" (2019)

Live album[edit]

  • Live at The Stone NYC (2010)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Have a Nice Life: The Unnatural World". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "Have A Nice Life - Middletown, US - Gothic / Industrial / Shoegaze". May 30, 2008. Archived from the original on May 30, 2008. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Hill, John (November 24, 2014). "Have a Nice Life's Deathconsciousness is the Next Greatest Album of All Time". Vice. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Have a Nice Life's 'Deathconsciousness' Is the Next Greatest Album of All Time". Vice.com. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Rosean, Samuel (January 31, 2020). "The Beginner's Guide To: Slowcore". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "About Time of Land by Have a Nice Life". Enemies List Home Recordings. Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "The Unnatural World, by Have a Nice Life". Theflenser.bandcamp.com. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  8. ^ "The Unnatural World". Metacritic. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Have A Nice Life and Woods of Desolation streaming new LPs". Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Have a Nice Life - Sea of Worry". The Flenser. August 26, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "Have A Nice Life Aren't Joking". Kerrang!. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Deathconsciousness by Have a Nice Life". Myspace.com. January 1, 2006. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  13. ^ "Enemies List - Bloodhail". September 16, 2014. Archived from the original on September 16, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  14. ^ "Enemies List - I Don't Love". September 16, 2014. Archived from the original on September 16, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2020.

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