It’s all too easy to describe Bad Sounds as, well, the opposite of their name. But if we didn’t believe the band from Bath sounded so great then they wouldn’t have been the first name to be penned for our Eyes On 2018.
The last six months has been the making of the five-piece; releasing two EPs that book-ended summer, having their track ‘Wages’ on video game FIFA 18 and rounding off 2017 with a ten date headline UK tour. It’s just the start of the journey for brothers Ewan and Callum Merrett, who front the five-piece band, but who couldn’t be further from different. If you see the band live you’ll notice bleach-blonde haired Callum inherits the sass of Prince with vocals that stink of attitude while Ewan dons a baseball cap and chains, spitting hip hop rhymes rather than wailing falsettos – the outcome; addictively catchy alternative pop music.
What you’ll also get at their shows is giant papier-mâché versions of their heads, them jumping out of boxes and excessive balloons and party poppers being lobbed about. “Looking back on 2017, so much happened for us as a band but maybe we were too caught up in what we were hoping to do next that we didn’t really appreciate and properly celebrate the great things as they happened” Callum says thinking about his new year’s resolutions. “I also feel like every year my resolution is a variation on the same theme “try not to act like a dickhead” which I guess is pretty solid life advice no matter what time of year it is.”
You’d forgive him for getting carried away though with their EPs showing hefty consistency and receiving wide appraisal. Radio 1’s Annie Mac plucked ‘Avalanche’ from the first EP PHRESSSH as Tune of The Week before second EP, Mixtape One, offered up ‘Living Alone’ as Hottest Record in The World. With each release Bad Sounds are becoming more and more loveable and latest track ‘Are You High?’ is all about the pair goofing about. Think their care-free attitude and bonkers lyrics are all an act? Go see them live and try not to crack a smile or pop a few party poppers.
For fans of: Beck, Peace, Metronomy
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Picture by Ror Brown