Happy Birthday / Residual Echoes
You have to pay dearly for the rights to the song “Happy Birthday” if intending to use it in a movie, TV show or commercial. But apparently the name Happy Birthday itself comes without any financial penalties. That’s the scheme employed by a Vermont indie-rock trio that bears said name. The Sub Pop Records act delivers catchy, quirky tunes bathed in sludgy guitar riffs. Singer Kyle Thomas (formerly of King Tuff) offers a distinctly nasal delivery that’s rife with character.