The Happys Grapple With Mental Health In “Bipolar”

Indie rock

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Bay Area quartet The Happys give us an intimate look into mental health in their latest single “Bipolar.” It’s breezy, sun-bleached piece with grunge polish where they send us a wave of explosive riffs. The video, shot by Will Rushton at Ron Collins Art Gallery, is a chaotic visual journey that highlights the band’s mad chemistry:

On the new single, frontman Nick Petty shared:

“Bipolar is a song written about a girl who I once liked who had bipolar disorder. In hindsight, this song is based on the give-and-take nature of love. The song dives into personal struggles from my childhood with bipolar emotions and tendencies. I always want to empower people through my lyrics to never feel less than anyone else for struggling with their mental health and differences.

I also want to emphasize that all people who struggle with mental disorders — whether it’s depression, mania, bipolar disorder or anything else—deserve a fulfilling and happy life and should not be scrutinized by society for their differences and struggles. I believe that if we want to grow as a society, we need to be more empathic and understanding of how others feel.

During these times, I want to help people to understand that it’s normal to feel weird and lost during this quarantine. While it will eventually pass, I truly believe that we can use this time to create something beautiful.”

I get what it’s like to not be getting the necessary help while suffering from depression and anxiety. I am very lucky to have this musical outlet to help with my own issues and I want to spread the love and hope to anyone who will listen. I strive to entertain people and let people know it’s OK to be weird, it’s OK to be different.”