Artist Spotlight: Bad Suns

Daisy Urgiles

Imagine discovering a band that incorporates the sounds of St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, and Vampire Weekend while at the same time transforming these tones to a sound of their own. Lucky for you, that band exists and they’re on their way to taking 2014 by storm. Bad Suns, an indie-rock band from Southern California, formed in 2012 and have successfully managed to remain a buzzed-about band, standing out among the rest in the cluttered indie pop scene. Made up of Christo Bowman (vocals), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Morris (drums), and Ray Libby (guitar), the four piece released their first ever single, the melodic and infectious “Cardiac Arrest” just last spring, and the reaction they received was deafening. The song, guaranteed to be a hit, was first picked up by L.A. rock radio station KROQ where it was aired on their Locals Only program and eventually became a fan favorite. Other stations including Sirius/XM’s Alt Nation started to pick up the track and it wasn’t long before the guys found themselves sharing the stage with The Vaccines. As a storm of different managers and record labels began reaching out to them, they found a strong connection with iconic indie label Vagrant Records who they signed with because they felt it was the best fit. Since then, Bad Suns have had the song of the week on iTunes and are considered to be a buzz band waiting to explode. Did I mention that all of this was the result of the success of just one track? If that’s hard to believe, you’ll be shocked to find out that all the members of Bad Suns are all between eighteen and nineteen years old, playing shows where they’re barely old enough to legally drink. Even more mind-blowing, the guys embarked on a nation-wide tour before even putting out a record. From the looks of it, it definitely appears that the band’s time to showcase their sound to the world of music has arrived.

The band’s debut EP, Transpose, which they worked on with producer Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Aloe Blacc, Trash Talk) was released in January and features three other songs that are just as catchy as “Cardiac Arrest.” The EP is an enjoyable sound for fans who crave simplicity and nostalgic angst. It flows effortlessly from start to finish showcasing the band’s little concern to sound like anyone else. The last track, “Salt,” is definitely a personal favorite due to its disco-like quality that makes you want to dance along no matter where you are. Transpose serves as a prelude to the band’s much anticipated full-length debut album, expected later this year.

Bad Suns already have many accomplishments to be proud of under their belts. They joined this year’s melting pot of musicians when they performed at their first ever South by South West Festival in Austin Texas in March. They also made their national television debut when they appeared on Conan O’Brien in April to perform “Cardiac Arrest.” They kicked off their North American spring tour supporting The 1975 in Club Nokia in LA, which will run through mid-June. Just two weeks ago, they announced they finished recording their album which is sure to be as successful as their EP. Although they’re relatively new to the scene, the band has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time; I can’t even imagine what the rest of their year looks like. One things for sure, Bad Suns are well on their way to becoming the breakout act of 2014.

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Daisy Urgiles

Daisy Urgiles is a Junior at Montclair State University majoring in Broadcasting and minoring in Communication Studies.