Getting more dynamic on an album is always a difficult place to go for most bands. When we first heard of LA’s Bad Suns, we had pretty much everyone cram them down our throats, meaning we never really took the time to listen-bless our punk rock attitudes. With their new album Mystic Truth, the four piece steps up their sound for their debut release with Epitaph by crafting pop structures into their indie rock sound.
Where the band has always had a catchy sound, their earlier works had moments of post-punk with large production budgets that seemed to mask that sound. For this album it’s more straight-forward, offering a less polished product while still evoking the pop touches of their past. The post-punk is evident here, found on tracks like “The World And I,” and “Separate Seas,” with moments of in in the closer “Starjumper.” But essentially it’s a bigger sound here, where the songwriting feels more personal and has more weight.
While the opener “Away We Go” could be brushed off as pop rock, there’s little touches where it feels like the band looked at the past to incorporate into the indie rock sounds they’re making. The same goes with “One Magic Moment” and “Love By Mistake,” Bad Suns are very well aware of their sound and they add pop to brighten songs that would be darker without it. It works and makes the whole album lush with a catchy sheen that glows from beginning to end.
You can stream Mystic Truth on all streaming platforms, you can purchase it digitally from all online music retailers, or you can pick it up in multiple bundles and formats directly from Epitaph Records. Bad Suns are on tour beginning April 03 in San Diego at The Observatory until August 04 in Chicago, IL at Lollapalooza. A complete list of their upcoming appearances can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Epitaph.