It should come as no surprise that sibling duo Bad Sounds are a firm favourite with fans already; their huge, funk-laden anthems are all shamelessly poppy choruses and earworm hooks. Bath-based Ewan and Callum Merrett wear their influences clearly on their sleeves — hello ‘70s, we’re back!
Kicking off with ‘Wages’, it’s a cut full of brass, harmonies and infectious rhythms that call euphoric highs, packaged up in a late ‘70s soulful style. On ‘Avalanche’, the Bath group’s influence from that era is as prominent as ever, as synths stream into kaleidoscopic patterns, alongside fuzzy guitars.‘How Are You Gonna Lose’ employs a swaggering, danceable attitude, while fresher cuts ‘Couldn’t Give It Away’ and ‘Milk It’ provide a sugar-coated, feelgood vibe.
The instantaneously groovy ‘Banger’ is a brave move, with the celebratory moment that defines a banger comes when the chorus hits — “Ooh, baby then I start to shake / Are you gonna gonna see me straight?” The bombastic ‘Evil Powers’ showcases a psychedelic sound following spoken piece ‘Interlude’. While woozy arrangements ‘Another Man’ and the slower ‘Honestly’ provide a mood shift; a blend of punchy bass riffs, ethereal synth loops and vocal samples add to that pop magic.
Bad Sounds have become known for bringing an effervescent energy (featuring balloons and confetti cannons galore) to their live shows — and these horn-blasted indie tracks will shine in their performances. With this new release proving even more inventive than their previous material, we can safely say that Bad Sounds = good times.
Words: Lauren McDermott
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