Bad Sounds bring us new hot single ‘Extra Beat’ featuring superb rising artist Tamzene
Coming in hot as a soothing dose of woozy, sweet romance, the fresh cut completes their exhilarating new EP ‘Escaping From A Violent Time, Vol 3’, which is also out today via Nettwerk.
Delivering a broad spectrum of music both sonically and lyrically, the EP is more than enough to ensure this band will not be put in a box. Expect slippery grooves and elastic choruses underwritten by more lyrical depth and instrumental nuance than ever before.
The immediacy and verve of their early work is all present and correct, but so is a newfound sense of maturity and perspective.
Extra Beat invites Tamzene into the fold with audible care see’s the focus track reach new heights. The addition of her effortless vocals enhance the dreamy listening experience, providing the icing on top of this delicious, musical cake.
The EP also includes a guest feature from London’s multi-talented artist and award winning songwriter Jake Isaac. His stand-out vocals compliment the bands signature falsetto on the playful and uplifting Heart Attacks, which was their latest release ahead of today’s new goodies.
They kicked off 2023 with relatable and catchy ‘More Than I Can Afford’ which resonated with many as the UK sinks into a painful cost of living crisis. The track was warmly received and scooped support from the likes of Clash, Dork, DIY, Ones to Watch and New Music Friday. Hard MF To Love followed as a knock-out accomplice to Valentine’s Day, offering a soothing dose of tender songwriting that paid homage to both romanticism and anti-valentines.
Volume Three officially commenced last October when the dynamic duo revealed ‘Nu Me Nu Yu’‘. The track infuses the scratchy breaks and thunderous bass of ’90s big beat with insistent psych melodies to dazzling effect. The release bagged support from the likes of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Dork Magazine and Metal Magazine.
Callum shares: “Volumes One and Two of this series are quite dark – but as they go on, they get more euphoric.”
Although that occurred naturally, this progression and the overall concept of the series has mirrored the brothers’ trajectory as Bad Sounds up to this point.
Fronted by Merrett brothers Ewan and Callum, Bad Sounds have grown and evolved since the moment they launched, rooted by their inseparable bond, through thick and thin. Today they both stand as self-taught producers and multi-instrumentalists, their early experiments on their dad’s old four-track cassette recorder the first steps along a path of creative flourishing that they’re still following. Their skills are not endlessly refined by institutional or classical tuition, but honed on the job.
The release of their genre-splicing debut album ‘Get Better’ in 2018 was met with international success. Receiving acclaim and rave reviews from the likes of Clash, Guardian, MTV, NME, DIY and Dork. Despite this, the band found themselves out of their major label deal and without any long term plans to release music.
It was a blow that was initially eased by a successful US tour, then compounded by the instability we all faced following the 2020 onset of Covid-19. Yet they’ve been able to overcome this setback: with a new label, new publisher and a deeper understanding of the machinations of the music industry. All of which resulted in a newer sound, more complex and mature, enriched by experience .
Ewan says: “For me,” “it’s about coming through our nightmare scenario, getting dropped and running out of money – and getting away with it.”
Ultimately, they have never sounded so good.
Bad Sounds spent the next couple of years establishing themselves as hugely respected co-writers, working with Arlo Parks on her Mercury Award-winning debut Collapsed In Sunbeams, as well as a wide variety of other artists, including Rose Gray, VC Pines, Lady Blackbird, Devon, Ruti, and SOFY.
Ewan says: “It’s great to have all these different avenues for music now – it’s not all on Bad Sounds.” “It’s one of the things that means we’re probably as confident as musicians now as we’ve ever been.”
Bad Sounds have always had to cut their own groove as brothers and artists; in 2023, it’s a rhythm that’s only becoming more infectious over time.
After some time away from touring and what felt like a never ending pandemic, the band was excited to lock in two upcoming live shows. “it’s been a long time since we’ve put on a Bad Sounds show, and we can’t think of a better way to return to the stage than having the opportunity to share it with some of our closest friends and collaborators, Devon and VC Pines’
Catch Bad Sounds unmissable live performance at the dates below;
Thurs 15 June
Strange Brew, Bristol
Very Special guest- VC Pines
Sat 17 June
Very Special guest- Devon