Happy Hollows

Happy Hollows is a band based in Los Angeles, CA. Our members are Sarah Negahdari, Charlie Mahoney, Matthew Fry, and Dan Marcellus.

Happy Hollows has just finished recording and mixing a series of songs in Los Angeles and London with Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast) and Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Interpol, Depeche Mode). On the their new tracks, the group uses analog-synth based melodies, angular guitars, and polyrhythmic drumming to full effect, creating their best songs to date.

Happy Hollows is the unlikeliest of matches, founded by two polar opposites: Northern California native and free-spirited guitarist Sarah Negahdari and international relations professor and bassist Charlie Mahoney. The two initially met at a Los Angeles strip mall where Sarah was reading tarot cards to pay the bills. Mahoney had just moved to Los Angeles from Washington D.C. to pursue his Ph.D. at UCLA. At the time, neither could imagine they would spend the next couple of years writing songs, becoming a staple of Los Angeles’ underground music scene, and touring throughout the United States in a blue Chevrolet mini-van with over 200,000 miles on the odometer. Recently, the band became a four piece adding the support of Long Beach guitar genie Matthew Fry and Peabody Conservatory trained drummer Daniel Marcellus to the line-up.

“Fierce guitar work and an otherworldly blend of glimmering synths. This is some cosmic stuff--
but it also has a lot of heart.” 
–WNYC Soundcheck


“Instantly catchy shimmering pop hooks are just
what you need to get the weekend rolling.” 

“Truly magical, smashing all stereotypes of what
female fronted bands are made of.” 

“When I say this sounds like Stevie Nicks getting heavy into Kate Bush--that's for sure a compliment. This is pop, sure, but pop with plenty of secrets at work deep within each song" –LA Weekly