Meet the Band

With a sound that could be easily squeezed in between Springsteen and Mellencamp, Labat and band turn “The Revival” into one of those roll-down-the-windows, sing-a-long barn burners that grab you with big hooks and an even bigger, amped up sound. As the song goes, yes, they “had us all along.
— Direct Current Music
 
Hiro Ballroom in NYC

Hiro Ballroom in NYC

 

Origins

Ben Labat & The Happy Devil are an Alternative Folk Rock band who have released 3 studio albums (A Face for Radio 2010, Soapbox Anthems 2012 and The Revival 2014)  over the last 6 years.

The band has recently announced their newest studio album 'Homeward' due for release in Winter 2016.

On any one of the songs on their debut album, A Face for Radio, and their sophomore effort, Soapbox Anthems, there are musical elements ranging from reggae to country, pop to folk.  This is a direct reflection of both Ben and the band's appreciation and love for all modes of music. Their fourth album, The Revival, is an upbeat and powerful collective work reflecting the roller coaster ride.

The band's live shows are also something to witness, an eclectic mix of finely arranged upbeat originals as well as those cover songs everyone wants to hear, but most bands don't have the stones to play.

On Ben:

From early on it became evident that Ben Labat’s talent could not be ignored. As the lead singer/songwriter of the band, The Terms, Ben worked with iconic rock producer and Grammy winner Greg Ladanyi (Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Don Henley) on their debut album.

Over the last several years, Ben has performed all over the US in the some of the most prestigious venues including The House of Blues and Tipitina's in New Orleans, New York City's Cutting Room, Los Angeles' Viper Room, The Exit in Nashville and has opened for Anders Osborne, Better than Ezra, Pat Green, Blue Traveler and The Iguanas among others.

As a songwriter, several of Ben's songs have been featured on CBS’s "The Ghost Whisperer", MTV's "The Real World" and "Jersey Shore", the Kevin Spacey produced film "Mini’s First Time", and "Middle of Nowhere" starring Susan Sarandon. 

 

 

Members

Ben Labat

Vocals / Guitar

David Guidry

Bass

Jerry Martin

Vocals / Guitar

Travis Lovell

Drums