Happy Pills is a Polish alternative rock band. They started in 1993 in Poznan and Swarzędz. The original line-up comprised drummer Sławek Dominczak, bass player Jacek Kąkolewski and guitar player Mariusz Szypura. The latter two are still in the band.
Happy Pills are often said to have been pioneers of alternative guitar music in Poland. They debuted with Soft in 1997. It was followed by Lo-Fi in 1998, Happy Pills Meet Schneider EP in 2000 and Smile in 2001. Each of their new album releases met with enthusiastic reviews, but sadly failed to convince the mass audience. The late 1990s in Poland were not a good time for bands who quoted as their inspiration The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins or Dinosaur Jr. Too mainstream for the strong hc/punkrock scene, to noisy for the mainstream. When a breakthrough finally seemed on its way and they had been given the opportunity to perform overseas, their plane, bound for the US, was turned back. It was September 11, 2001. In 2012 the band played the last show in Poland and broke up.
The split of the band has given rise to Mariusz Szypura’s solo project (Silver Rocket) and a cover band playing songs by the Pixies (Dixies).
In 2008 Happy Pills returned with a new line-up and brand new songs, releasing a new album titled Retrosexual for EMI Poland in 2010. The singles Beautiful Boys and Glory were regularly played by nationwide and local radio stations. The band’s latest release is an EP Happy Pills from 2015.
At the moment Happy Pills are writing new songs for an album planned for 2019.
Natalia Fiedorczuk, Jacek Kąkolewski, Krzysztof Kochanowski, Piotr Kończal, Mariusz Szypura.