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The Doubtful Sounds: ‘A Stone’s Throw From Happiness’

The Doubtful Sounds: ‘A Stone’s Throw From Happiness’
The dual city band release their second album with a North Island tour

19 August, 2014

“The Doubtful Sounds…play their jingle-jangle sound which reminds me of the good old Flying Nun days. This…is pure Independent Pop.” - Pebble Records UK

The difficult second album from The Doubtful Sounds, 'A Stone's Throw From Happiness', is due out this month – on August 22, and will be supported by a North Island tour in the last week of August, and a South Island tour in October. With two of the band members residing in Auckland, and one in Wellington, their shows are rare, but undoubtedly worth attending.

Doubters of the quality of The Doubtful Sounds can get to know the band by visiting the album’s first single, a double A-side with ‘Throwing Stones’ and ‘Unrequited Love’, or the second single, ‘Painting by Numbers’ – with an accompanying art-pop video. The keen-eared may already know them, as both songs have skimmed across the country’s airwaves, on Kiwi FM and the student radio network, with ‘Throwing Stones’ landing in the 95bFM Top Ten.

The double A-side of ‘Throwing Stones’/‘Unrequited Love’ is a little bit noisy, a little bit rough and 2/3rds pop guitars. Second single ‘Painting By Numbers’ is a solid nod to the Sounds’ Nun-esque pop guitar roots. It’s a good, radio friendly song about the palette of life and breaking the mould. You hum it, we’ll dance!

A Stone’s Throw From Happiness – North Island Tour
Friday 22 August - 4 Thames St, Ohakune. Pop in the snow! The Doubtful Sounds with Mark Howden. 8pm. Free

Saturday 23 August – Palmerston North TBC

Sunday 24 August - Meow, Wellington. The Doubtful Sounds with Mark Howden, and Joan Temple Blue Jean. 3pm.

Wednesday 27 August - Clare Inn, 278 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland. The Doubtful Sounds with special guests The Echo Ohs ( and post party with Audio Zephyr). 8pm.

Saturday 30 August - Thirsty Dog, 469 Karangahape Rd, Auckland. The Doubtful Sounds with Mark Howden and Secret Cousin (formerly known as Winston). 8pm.


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