12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the somewhat familiar pop-punk flavor of "Hear or Anywhere" kicks opens this SoCal quartet's full-length debut, the next track, "Fried Eyes," lets us know we're in for more than the limited pop-punk palette usually offers. Yes, there are fast and furious guitars, girl-boy vocals that veer between sweet and shouty, hooky melodies, and fairly discernible lyrics throughout The Lovely Bad Things, but these kids have some impressive weapons in their arsenal: solid songwriting skills for unique melodic arrangements and a glinting, sharp-edged energy that seems inexhaustible. "Fried Eyes" slows the pace to accompany the martial guitar stabs that dart in and out of a hazy background billowing with cloudy vocals and guitars; it turns from amorphous to pointedly feral as the tune crashes into itself several times. As the band slips back into pop-punk mode with "Maybe I Know," then into a frantic hardcore head-basher called "Kessel Run," listeners will be curious to hear what's next.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the somewhat familiar pop-punk flavor of "Hear or Anywhere" kicks opens this SoCal quartet's full-length debut, the next track, "Fried Eyes," lets us know we're in for more than the limited pop-punk palette usually offers. Yes, there are fast and furious guitars, girl-boy vocals that veer between sweet and shouty, hooky melodies, and fairly discernible lyrics throughout The Lovely Bad Things, but these kids have some impressive weapons in their arsenal: solid songwriting skills for unique melodic arrangements and a glinting, sharp-edged energy that seems inexhaustible. "Fried Eyes" slows the pace to accompany the martial guitar stabs that dart in and out of a hazy background billowing with cloudy vocals and guitars; it turns from amorphous to pointedly feral as the tune crashes into itself several times. As the band slips back into pop-punk mode with "Maybe I Know," then into a frantic hardcore head-basher called "Kessel Run," listeners will be curious to hear what's next.

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About The Lovely Bad Things

Though the members of Orange County punk pop group the Lovely Bad Things had known each other since high school (or before, in the case of siblings Brayden and Camron Ward), they only formed a band once they had already graduated. Coming together in 2009, the Wards, Tim Hatch, and Lauren Curtis switch off vocals and instruments while playing a fast, funny, and loose brand of punky garage pop inspired by the Pixies, the Wipers, and Redd Kross. The energy brought to their live shows and the strength of their songwriting brought them to the attention of the famed Burger Records crew, who released the band's New Ghost/Old Waves cassette in 2011. It was reissued in 2012 by Volcom on CD and LP. The same label combo released the band's Jon Gilbert- (OFF!, the Soft Moon) produced full-length, The Late Great Whatever, in early 2013. ~ Tim Sendra

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