For a while now across the pond, they’ve crafted music that was a mixture of so much wile sounding like no one else at the same time. Twenty years ago, you would’ve heard of a band like Black Grape and not gotten it because it was far ahead of its time. Today that band could easily be Bad Sounds if they didn’t craft such infectious music. On their debut Get Better, the U.K. lads mix touches of trip hop, pop, hip hop and electronica to make music that’s hard not to like while not sounding like most.
Honestly, depending on your age, you’ll hear all sorts of influence here. The catchy tracks like “Wages,” “How Are You Gonna Lose?” and “Banger” all evoke moments that remind you of pop that came before them, like something from a fever dream from Damon Alburn. But the true weight of this band is when they stretch out on their own. The way the song “Avalanche” seems to have its own ethos and live on its own, the slow build of pop on “Couldn’t Give It Away,” and the chilled hip hop tones of “Evil Powers” all speak to the power of what these guys do. Sure, in some ways they’ll remind you of Manic Street Preachers through the lens of Gorillaz, but in so many other ways, they remind you of no one else out there today.
You can stream Get Better on all streaming sites, you can purchase it from all online store fronts, or you can grab physical copies directly from the band’s web store. Bad Sounds is set to be on tour beginning with a run at SXSW March 13 through March 17. After that they’ll be in Santa Ana, CA on March 26 at The Observatory until their tour ends in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. for This Is Tomorrow 2019 on May 24. A complete listing of their tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Beth Squire.