Bad Suns

S&S Presents

Bad Suns

From Indian Lakes

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

7:00 pm

The Complex

$19 DOS / $21 DOS

Bad Suns
Bad Suns
With the release of Disappear Here, Bad Suns’ impressively wise and honest sophomore album, it is hard to believe the four-piece began as a chance friendship between Christo Bowman (vocals) and Gavin Bennett (bass) in a 7th grade Los Angeles County classroom. The pair picked up Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) along the way, and together they spent their teenage years navigating the daunting Los Angeles music scene.

While many would consider the vast history and densely populated musical turf of Los Angeles intimidating, Bad Suns rose to the challenge. As Bowman recalls, “I can recount many instances where we’d play the Whisky a Go Go along with five terrible glam-rock-wanna-be bands. It made us want to do something different and work towards a new era of the Los Angeles sound.” While finding their place in LA’s scene wasn’t easy, Bowman is also thankful for the innumerable opportunities that come with living in one of the nation’s musical capitals. “Our band was discovered because we drove to KROQ and dropped off a demo in their mailbox,” he says, “At the end of the day, nobody’s going to care about your band unless you’ve got some good songs for them.”

The song that caught the ear of KROQ DJ Kat Corbett was “Cardiac Arrest,” the band’s first and breakthrough single, on her Locals Only radio show. From there, the band earned the attention of Vagrant Records, who signed Bad Suns in 2013 and introduced the band to producer Eric Palmquist (Night Riots, MUTEMATH). Together, Palmquist and Bad Suns polished up the demos to create TRANSPOSE, their debut 4-song EP which was released later that year. On the strength of the EP Bad Suns began to tour throughout the US alongside acts like Geographer, The 1975, and The Vaccines.

Less than a year later, Bad Suns returned with their debut full-length, Language & Perspective (2014/Vagrant). The shimmery alt-rock album, also produced by Palmquist, showed off the young band’s wide array of influences, which Bowman often says include The Cure, The Clash and Elvis Costello. “Cardiac Arrest” began to pick up steam at radio nationally and climbed the Alternative chart (#14) and AAA (#11), and earning the band their debut Late Night television performance on Conan. With the success of “Cardiac Arrest” and a heavy touring schedule, Language & Perspective rose to #24 on the Billboard 200 and was included on many critics’ best of 2014 year-end lists. “Salt,” the band’s second single, followed suit and quickly climbed the Alternative chart and earned Bad Suns their first mtvU Woodie nomination for Video of the Year, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and their debut at Coachella.

Just a few years into their budding career, Bad Suns had achieved no small amount of success with their debut record, something which can often be daunting for a young band staring down the barrel of a sophomore album. Instead of shying away or playing it safe, Bowman began to refine a set of songs which would become Disappear Here, Bad Suns’ 2016 sophomore album (Vagrant/BMG). Disappear Here shows the maturation of a band on the brink of fully realizing their identity and poised for a breakthrough. “Language and Perspective was four teenagers trying to figure out how to make an album as a way to avoid college and real jobs,” Bowman explains, “With this album, it was our real job, and we were not gonna half-ass it. We love the work.”

Bowman was reading the Bret Easton Ellis novel Less Than Zero, a book about the distorted lives of young adults in Los Angeles, during the time the band was beginning the recording process for album number two. “Maybe the second or third time the ‘Disappear Here’ billboard appears in the narrative, it sort of just hit me like a ton of bricks. It encapsulated absolutely everything. What a prompt, ‘put on this record, put on these headphones, and just disappear here for a little while,’” Bowman explains.

“It’s a roller coaster ride between pessimism and optimism,” he says. “I wanted these real moments of darkness to be represented and discussed, because we all go through it, but it’s really about hope and saying that you don’t have to succumb to that darkness. There is a light.”

Recorded over two sessions in the Summer of 2015 and Winter of 2016, the album begins with the title track and first single “Disappear Here,” a cut that immediately engages listeners. The first song released in anticipation of the album was the opener, title track, and first single, “Disappear Here,” followed by the album’s second song, “Heartbreaker,” which debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 Radio Show. “Off She Goes” holds a strong emotional connection for Bowman. The track came to life as just melodies and chords on the piano before he wrote the lyrics and he remembers, “just being moved to tears the whole way through.”

Conversely, “Love Like Revenge” started off as an electronic laptop demo recorded on a plane back to LA from London. Bowman was excited to share the track with his bandmates, “I gave Ray my headphones, looking for his opinion, and I still remember his face of approval as he listened to it in the seat next to me on the plane. That’s the best. We’re always aiming to impress one another.” The unique instrumentation makes it a standout on the record.

“Defeated,” a track that Bowman penned when he was only 16 years old, had been cyclically recorded and abandoned over the years. “It was a huge relief to finally get that song where we wanted it,” he says, “It’s one of the simplest songs on the album, but was the most difficult to work through.” “Daft Pretty Boys” is a song the band is particularly proud of, one that they might point new listeners to as an introduction to their sound. Disappear Here closes with “Outskirts of Paradise,” a track that feels like a breezy, late summer day in Los Angeles. With the simple refrain of “separate yourself / integrate yourself / when the time comes,” Disappear Here fades out, with all the certainty and uncertainty of a coming of age tale.

Crafted for the live show, Bad Suns can’t wait to take the album on the road. After serving as main support on massive tours for The Neighbourhood and Halsey in the past year, Bad Suns embark on their biggest headlining tour yet this fall. “Our fans are so warm and loyal. A lot of them will go through some shit in order to make it out to one of our concerts. I’m talking flights, busses, 12-hour car drives, you name it. That will always be very special to me,” Bowman says, “We’re really grateful to be in this position where we can sell out clubs across the country, and we still feel we have so much to prove.”
From Indian Lakes
From Indian Lakes
California’s From Indian Lakes are thrilled to announce the new album Everything Feels Better Now, out this coming October on Triple Crown Records. The brainchild of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joey Vannucchi, From Indian Lakes takes its name from Indian Lakes, CA, a small community outside of Yosemite National Park near where Vannucchi grew up on 40 acres of land with no electricity aside from a sparely used generator. Everything Feels Better Now is the third full-length release and the follow up to From Indian Lake’s 2014 album Absent Sounds, which won praise from a wide swath of the critical landscape including SPIN, Nylon, Stereogum, Kerrang, and A.V. Club who called it “a little slice of pop perfection.” among others . From Indian Lakes will embark upon a national headline tour in support of the new album this fall. Upcoming tour dates listed below.

Vannucchi recorded the skeletons of the tracks for Everything Feels Better Now in the basement of a coffee shop that he rented each month for cheap. Further on, with the help of his housemate, he built sound panels and scraped together gear to make a workable home studio. Over the course of 3 months he wrote and recorded around 20 songs before whittling the final number for the album down to 12. From there he traveled to Fairfax Recordings in Los Angeles, aka Sound City Studios, where he worked with producer Kevin Augunas (Delta Spirit, Cold War Kids) and engineer Gavin Paddock on slowly stripping away whatever tracks needed to be replaced from the basement and home studio recordings on the songs.

Everything Feels Better Now was recorded using vintage analog equipment, with no editing on vocals and instrumentation. “Delays were made using tape machines,” says Vannucchi, who played all the instruments heard on the album, “and other effects were made using various vintage equipment leftover from sound city studios. We used vintage synth equipment and vintage drums and guitar amps. When writing and recording this album i was really trying to capture a lo-fi aesthetic, while still retaining a sense of thoughtfulness.”

Growing up off the grid and surrounded by rural California’s natural beauty has had a heavy influence on Vannucchi’s songwriting as well as his musicianship. He spent most of his formative days outdoors exploring his surroundings, and without electricity or many other childhood and teenaged luxuries like The Internet, spent his free time learning new instruments and practicing for hours on a borrowed church drum set after receiving lessons in classical jazz drumming. Throughout high school he took part in various bands, and then at 20 began recording his own music at a friend’s studio in Indian Lakes, bringing the strange juxtaposition of subtle and sublime qualities of the grand landscapes that surrounded him to his songs.

On upcoming tour dates Vannucchi will be joined live by the same group of friends that have been playing on the road with him for the majority of the project’s lifespan.
Venue Information:
The Complex
536 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101