Bad Suns at Comic-Con 2015
|Origin||Woodland Hills, California, United States|
|Labels||Vagrant, Epitaph Records|
|Members||Christopher "Christo" Bowman|
Miles "Morris" Kottak
Bad Suns is an American rock band that formed in 2012, which consists of Christo Bowman, Gavin Bennett, Miles Morris and Ray Libby. A majority of the band members are from Los Angeles, California. The group has been signed to Vagrant Records, where they released their debut album Language & Perspective in 2014. The band's sound is inspired from 1970s and 1980s post-punk pioneers like The Cure and Elvis Costello. Their second album was released on September 16, 2016, titled Disappear Here.
Background[edit | edit source]
The Southern California rock band Bad Suns formed in early 2012. Made up of Christo Bowman (vocals), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar), aged 23–26. “I grew up with a lot of world music playing in the house. When I was 10, I started getting heavily interested in the guitar, and my dad began introducing me to his records from the 70’s and the 80’s. Initially Elvis Costello, then to The Clash, The Cure, and so on,” notes Bowman, “all of these artists and bands had a big impact on me, at a young age, as far as song composition goes.” The debut EP Transpose features angst-ridden riffs and ethereal vocals reminiscent of post-punk legends of the early 80’s. “I started writing my first songs at that time," Bowman continues, “Though we can now reflect on that era of music, those artists were ahead of their time in a lot of ways. That’s what’s most inspiring.”
The band released "Cardiac Arrest" online, where it became viral. The Transpose EP was recorded in the studio with producer Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Wavves, Trash Talk) and preceded the band’s debut 2014 album, Language & Perspective. “The writing and recording process is always exciting, because it’s constantly changing and unique to each song. Inspiration comes and goes as it pleases, so a night when a song gets written is a very good night,” says Bowman. In 2014, the band opened for British indie-pop band The 1975 and later headlined a tour in small venues, such as The Troubadour in West Hollywood. The bands rising fame has led them to perform in music festivals. In 2015, they played in the Mojave Tent at Coachella,
Bad Suns released their second album, Disappear Here, on September 16, 2016. Bowman came up with the name of album while reading Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis, "Maybe the second or third time the 'Disappear Here' billboard appears in the narrative, it sort of just hit me like a ton of bricks. It encapsulated absolutely everything." On 6 October 2017, Bad Suns released the single "This Was a Home Once". On November 13, 2018 they announced that they had signed with Epitaph Records and released their first new music in over a year, "Away We Go". 
Accolades[edit | edit source]
Jessica Goodman and Ryan Kistobak of The Huffington Post included the band's debut album, Language & Perspective, on their list of 2014's best releases, calling it "a rare indie release with little excess amongst its singles". The music video for "Salt" has been praised by Out magazine and MTV for its depiction of a transgender woman's struggles with her identity and transition.
Discography[edit | edit source]
Studio albums[edit | edit source]
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Label|
|2014||Language & Perspective||24||6||Vagrant|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.|
Extended plays[edit | edit source]
- Transpose (2014)
Singles[edit | edit source]
|"Cardiac Arrest"||2013||10||14||25||Language & Perspective|
|"We Move Like the Ocean"||2015||—||—||—|
|"Disappear Here"||2016||—||—||—||Disappear Here|
|"This Was a Home Once"||2017||—||—||—||—|
|"Away We Go"||2018||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Band members[edit | edit source]
- Christo Bowman – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Ray Libby – lead guitar
- Gavin Bennett – bass
- Miles Morris – drums
Tours[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- Swedlund, Eric. "Bad Suns Rising: Bad Suns". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
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- Kristobak, Ryan (2014-08-13). "Bad Suns' 'Language & Perspective' Explores Growing Spaces Through Duality". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Bad Suns Talk Fast Rise of 'Cardiac Arrest,' Silencing the Doubters". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- Gomez, Adrian. "Song 'Cardiac Arrest' thrust Bad Suns into the spotlight". The Alberquerque Journal. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- Thomas, Fred. "Bad Suns Biography". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- Roos, Meghan; Sept. 23; 2016. "Bad Suns return with Disappear Here". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Bad Suns to Release Sophomore Album 'Disappear Here'". Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- "Bad Suns". Bonnaroo Music&Arts Festival. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
- Goodman; Kristobak, Jessica; Ryan (15 December 2014). "The 23 Best Albums of 2014". The Huffington Post. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- Walker, John. "Bad Suns' Stunning 'Salt' Video Takes You On An Emotional Journey Through Gender Identity". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Bad Suns' Salt Video Explores Trans Identity". Out magazine. 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2019-01-07.
- "Bad Suns – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- "Bad Suns – Chart History: Billboard Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
- Murphy, Anna. "Album review: Bad Suns - Language & Perspective". Earmilk. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- Thomas, Fred. "Language & Perspective – Bad Suns". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- "Album Review: Bad Suns - 'Disappear Here'". New Noise. 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
- "'Disappear Here' offers Bad Suns most dynamic, introspective work yet - Reviews - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
- Monger, James Christopher. "Disappear Here – Bad Suns". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- "Bad Suns – Chart History: Adult Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
- "Bad Suns – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
- "Bad Suns – Chart History: Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
- "Bad Suns".
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