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“A group that stands above the rest… carving out their very own space in the often-saturated music industry.” — Wonderland
“Zippy pop bang with a gently psychedelic side” — The Guardian
“Bad Sounds are one of the most exciting new groups in the country;a band whose myriad fresh sounds are matched by a stunning, creative, highly imaginative live show.’  CLASH
“Blending the bombastic nature of A Tribe Called Quest’s early material and the wicked storytelling of Jamie T” NME
One of the UK’s hottest new acts Bad Sounds are excited to announce they will be making their first trip to North America as they have confirmed SXSW and a tour as direct support for Broods. The shows kick off March 26 in Santa Ana, CA and conclude in Washington, DC on April 20. Along the way they stop in Los Angeles on March 27 for a show at The Fonda and hit NYC’s Irving Plaza on April 18. Further, Bad Sounds will be making a stop at this year’s SXSW Festival. All dates are listed below.
Bad Sounds’ highly anticipated debut album Get Better was released in the Fall of 2018 on Sony imprint, Insanity Records. Around it’s release the Bristol UK-based band unleashed a string of singles, 5 of which BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac picked as her “Hottest Record in the World” and 3 on daytime rotation at the station. Among them and channeling the psychedelic hip-hop vibes of De la Soul and Beastie Boys the band revealed “Wages,” a track first made popular when it appeared on the Fifa 18 soundtrack. Clash noted its “deft, tongue-in-cheek portrayal of life on the breadline” and Billboard, premiering the video said Bad Sounds, “draws influences from the likes of Beck, The Flaming Lips, Michael Jackson and Curtis Mayfield, resulting in an eclectic mix of sounds particularly evident (here).” Watch the video for “Wages” here:
Bad Sounds have developed a reputation for their energetic and creative live shows, putting on a show that turns the room into a massive party. The band recently completed their biggest SOLD OUT headline tour to-date in support of the album release, including London’s 1200 capacity Heaven nightclub and 1100 capacity SWX in hometown Bristol.
Bad Sounds was formed by brothers Callum and Ewan Merrett. The two started on different musical paths before the band was born — Ewan was keen on making hip-hop beats and playing with samples, Callum was more engrossed in the soul, pop and R’n’B of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Curtis mayfield. Combining Ewan and Callum’s differing styles, they come together create the colorful and unique world that is Bad Sounds, alongside Charlie Pitt (guitar), Sam Hunt (bass), and Olivia Dimery (drums) who form the rest of the band.
Bad Sounds on tour
3/13 – 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/26 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
3/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
3/29 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
3/30 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
4/01 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
4/02 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
4/03 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
4/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
4/06 – Denver, CO @ Summit
4/07 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
4/08 – St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Hall
4/10 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
4/12 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
4/13 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
4/14 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
4/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
4/20 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
Find Bad Sounds here:

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