Happy Abandon Pre-Order is up!! Out August 25th!


RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA / DUBLIN, IRELAND — August 18th, 2017 — North Carolina based indie retail store and label, Schoolkids Records is extremely proud to announce the Pledge Music/pre-order campaign for the debut from Chapel Hill, NC's Happy Abandon!


Schoolkids owner Stephen Judge explains "In my close to 30 years of working in the music business, from retail, to management, to labels and all in between, this is one of the proudest moments in my career to be involved with such a spectacular album."  However, don't take our word for it, see what the critics are already saying about this stunning debut album:

“The opening two-and-a-half minutes are jaw-dropping. The starts off softly, almost like a whisper, before the lush and exquisite harmonies arrive. Time seems to cease at this moment, and we’re left suspended within Happy Abandon’s aural brilliance. But instead of keeping us stationary, the band does something unexpected. They accelerate the pace, heighten the drama, and turn the number into a euphoric piece of Americana. Suddenly we’re left dancing and jumping in jubilation, yet we’re still left captivated by the band’s textured dream. It’s an absolutely wonderful piece of cinema.” - Revue.ca

Want to hear some more? 

Preview the first two singles here:

Severed Seam (Audio)

Heavy Lines (Video)

The band just recently returned home from a successful European tour where they played amazing shows in Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Cork, Ireland, as well as the Into The Wild Festival (UK), London and Amsterdam.  The reaction in Ireland was so intense, the band sold out their gig in Cork, Ireland (almost all on pre-sales) and then were invited to play the prestigious "Ruby Sessions" in Dublin which has been the launching pad for many artists such as: Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Bell X1, Little Green Cars, Gemma Hayes, Damien Rice, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Hozier and many many more.  The band was so loved they were immediately invited back to play the Sessions again next time they are in Ireland.

In addition, we have just learned that the famous radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, CA has already starting spinning the track "Choice" in the last few days and getting rave reviews, here is an acoustic live version of "Choice" the from last year. 

Check out this video of Justin Ellis from Happy Abandon showing off the physical copies of the album, including a stunning limited edition splattered colored Vinyl!  It is absolutely a beautiful package. You can preorder the album here at Pledge Music.  

thank you for your support and stay tuned, we are not finished! We have more exciting news forthcoming from the label with two more releases in October from a legendary punk guitarist as well as 4 more new releases in the first three months of 2018 from several national and international bands!

In the meantime please visit our label page here where you can learn more about our label services company and involvement in shows at the Rocky Mount (NC) Mills, our annual shows in Austin, TX, the re-launch of the legendary Twin/Tone Records, our role in Record Store Day - Ireland, our involvement with the Music Biz Organization and much more. 

and you can buy records from our label store such as: The Veldt (who are about to head back out in support of Modern English), Bettie Serveert andTommy Keene (who is currently on tour with Matthew Sweet) or any of our back catalog which consist of over 40 titles since 2008.

The current active roster is about to double in the few months so stay tuned!