Happy Accidents are real workhorses of the DIY scene whilst simultaneously giving off all the excitement and pep of a band who haven’t been worn down by years of toil. Everything But There Here And Now is their second LP and sees drummer Phoebe going beyond drummer duties to split lead vocal duties alongside guitarist Rich. Rich’s brother Neil completes the lineup on bass. Recorded in arguably the UK’s finest studio - Suburban Home - this album represents a real step up for these London indie punks.

Early on, ‘Wait It Out’ stands out a real gem, with the kind of vocal harmonies and whip smart chorus that your average indie band could only dream of pulling out. ‘A Better Plan’ is similarly strong and, while the familiar relationship-based worries and existential vulnerability permeates much of the album, there’s an unspoken confidence and tightness to Happy Accidents. The chemistry between the trio - as well as MJ’s work in the producer’s chair - really seems to bring out the best in everyone. The record feels intimate whilst motoring along with a joyously widescreen approach.

When Happy Accidents do hit the mark - which they do very often on Everything But The Here And Now - it makes it more jarring when the odd track doesn’t quite hit the mark. ‘Free Time’ feels like it tries to do away with the winning formula and, while not an unworthy addition, doesn’t quite click and manage to connect its own dots. The triple bullseye of the album’s opening three tracks, however, and the glistening closer ‘Sink’ ties everything up on a lovely, starry-eyed and refreshingly sincere note.

All in all, Everything But The Here And Now is a giddy heart-on-its-sleeve burst of affable indie punk, and it’s very hard not to fall for its charms. It’s happy, for sure, but there is clearly nothing accidental about any of its successes - the band’s strength lies in the clarity and strength of their writing and the majority of the LP is certainly strong enough to affirm Happy Accidents’ growing reputation on the DIY scene, and place them alongside - rather than underneath - similar rising talents such as Muncie Girls, Peaness and Doe. This is an album that is generous, familiar and makes no real demands upon its listener but has a high enough standard to win them plenty of new converts.