The Bad Things | After the Inferno (Silent City)

cd bad-thingsThe singer croons, the drummer swings, and the album delivers jazzy rockers and slow and methodical jazz style blues tunes.

 

 

From Seattle comes The Bad Things. For most of my generation, the mere mention of this town conjures an image that, 20 years later, we cannot shake. The Bad Things have taken on that legacy and done something new with it.

Most “Seattle” bands have the power trio, the brooding singer, etc. Well, The Bad Things may have been like that in a past life, but they come off as a Depression-era jazz band playing modern rock. Now, stick with me on this. Instead of just the drums, bass, and guitar we’re all oh, so familiar with, there’s more. The singer plays an accordion. There are also other various stringed instruments throughout the record.

I found myself spending far too much time trying to figure out what this was or what that was, so I had to reset and listen to the record again, and when I did, I found something very special. This is modern retro. The singer croons, the drummer swings, and the album delivers jazzy rockers and slow and methodical jazz style blues tunes, but it’s still rock at the same time.

In the sea of records we all must tread through, this one shines out as something vastly different from its peers. | Nik Cameron

Verdict: You should own this!

RIYL: The Decemberists, Pokey LaFarge

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