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Vegas vets Happy Campers return with fifth studio album

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For the first time in six years, longtime local punks Happy Campers have new music coming out.
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Max Plenke

For the first time in six years, longtime local punks Happy Campers have new music coming out. The quartet (that was, for roughly the first 14 years, a trio), snagged studio time with NOFX producer and punk recording mainstay Ryan Greene to collaborate on the 11-track full-length, Dancing With Demons, a project the band started back in 2012.

“Ryan had so many big projects to work on that he had to put it on the back burner for eight months,” says Happy Campers’ frontman Isaac Irvine. “Then during that time we had a lot of family and personal stuff going on. ... We had to slow things down and get jobs.”

For two years, the band went back and forth to Hollywood, recording the missing pieces whenever it could. Now, with two new band members (bassist Rob DeTie and lead guitarist Bill Simons) onboard, Dancing With Demons comes out February 8, stamped with the handiwork of one of the band’s heroes. “Ryan was on our wish list,” Irvine says. “It was so cool watching someone do what they love. He’s really funny, but when it was time to work he was a real stickler and made us do it 100 times. It was awesome.”

Happy Campers album release party with Battle Born, At It Again February 8, 9:30 p.m., free. Hard Rock Cafe (Paradise), 733-8400.

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