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Daily J Get Sentimental on New Single ‘Happy Slides’

Daily J were nominated for Best Single at last year’s Rolling Stone New Zealand Awards

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Dylan Martin

Daily J have released their new single “Happy Slides”, marking a poignant moment in their musical journey.

“Happy Slides” arrives hot on the heels of the Auckland indie rock band’s successful double EP from last year, SLUSH HONEY Side A and Side B, and showcases a reflective side to the members.

The track, described by the band – three brothers Jayden, Jonny and Jesse Paul alongside good friend Rick Everard – as a “melodic postcard,” oscillates between past and present, offering listeners a glimpse into the band’s more introspective moments.

“This song has been in the pipeline for some time – just an idea lingering. Our last tour kept us away from home longer than ever before,” says Jayden. “During that stretch Jay penned another tune reflecting on our journey. In the back of his mind he knew it would perfectly complement ‘Happy Slides’. Combining both melodies, ‘Happy Slides’ was born.”

“It still has our vibe – all the quintessential Daily J sounds, feelings and emotions, but with sassier drum beats and slide guitar riffs,” Rick adds.

The production of “Happy Slides” was handled by Cody Wilcox, with Josh Strand mixing and mastering done by Metropolis in the UK. Accompanying the track’s release is a music video shot entirely on film by Dylan Martin, capturing the band in their most vulnerable and joyous moments. The video premieres at 6 PM AEST here.

“It shows the highs and the lows, or the most vulnerable side to our musical career. It’s also full of fond memories from summer festivals like Le Currents and Laneway,” the band say about the clip.

“Happy Slides” is Daily J’s first release of 2024, following a huge year for the band in 2023. That year saw Daily J named as one of the nominees for Best Single the 2023 Panhead Rolling Stone Aotearoa Awards. They earned their nomination for their excellent Boo Seeka collaboration “Lost in Time”, but lost out to L.A.B (“Take It Away”) in the category.