Bad Suns are back! Don’t miss them Tues., Feb. 3 at Denver’s Larimer Lounge. We’ll be there; come up and say hi!
The first time I heard Bad Suns, I was hooked. Their single “Cardiac Arrest” was blowing up alternative rock radio, especially here in Denver on 93.3, and much of their debut full-length, Language & Perspective, was even better. When the station announced its summertime Big Gig with Bad Suns in the lineup, I knew I had to be there; even from the lawn at Fiddler’s Green, the band was captivating. Now, on their club tour with New Politics, you (and I) can get even closer. I, for one, can’t wait.
I really don’t know much about the band’s history; the press release focuses on the present and future (as it should). How did Bad Suns get from pre-2014 to early-2014 EP to mid-2014 full-length?
Music brought us all together over the years. We had been playing in bands separately and together for several years before we came together as Bad Suns. Once we began writing songs and playing together regularly, things started to pick up. That’s what got us to all of those places: Persistence and capitalizing on momentum.
You were supporting The 1975 from May until early June, when you began a run of headlining dates before heading out again this fall with New Politics. What is the best part of supporting? Of headlining?
A big support tour like that is great, because it gives us the opportunity to perform in front of tens of thousands of new music fans across the country. Learning about a new band that way is invaluable, so you establish a special connection with those people. As time passes and the band continues to grow, the headline shows become better and better. The more intimate headlining shows are also great, because we’re performing for packed houses of kids who’ve discovered us first. It’s all very special to us.
What’s the most insane show you’ve had this year?
The Mo Pop Festival in Detroit was really great for us and really encouraging. We had thousands of people take the time out of their busy day to come and watch our set and sing along with us. We don’t take those moments for granted.
Nylon Magazine calls you “anthemic without being soulless”; Idolator says you are “on the cusp of a major commercial breakthrough.” How much does what the press says affect you? Does hearing you are on the brink make it seem more real?
Art is subjective, so whether people like it or not is entirely up to them, and we accept that and realize that that’s what makes the experience of falling in love with a band so uniquely personal. We’re making music that we really believe in, and if we can connect with people that way, we feel like we’ve accomplished something.
You’re from Los Angeles yet the image on your CD cover is the New Mexico sun. Is there any connection to that state?
It’s an homage to the Zia sun symbol. The symbol represents the four points of the compass, the four seasons of the year, the four stages of life, etc. The music that we make is the sum of four parts, so we instantly related to it and felt a connection. | Laura Hamlett
Catch Bad Suns on tour with New Politics and Somekindawonderful this fall.
Bad Suns 2014 Tour Dates
11.04 | Hawthorne Theatre, Portland OR*
11.05 | The Rio Theatre, Vancouver CAN*
11.07 | Knitting Factory Concert House, Boise*
11.09 | Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO*
11.12 | The Pageant, St. Louis*
11.13 | Varsity Theater, Minneapolis*
11.14 | The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee*
11.15 | Deluxe at Old National Centre, Indianapolis*
11.16 | House of Blues, Chicago*
11.18 | Bogart’s, Cincinnati*
11.19 | Mercury Ballroom, Louisville KY*
11.20 | House of Blues, Cleveland*
11.21 | Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH*
11.23 | The Opera House, Toronto*
11.25 | Irving Plaza, New York*
11.26 | Paradise Rock Club, Boston*
11.28 | Town Ballroom, Buffalo*
11.29 | Theater of Living Arts, Philadelphia*
11.30 | Webster Theater, Hartford CT*
Bad Suns photo by Andi Elloway