A Chat With: Bad Suns
October 24 was the day of Bad Suns; Christo Bowman, Miles Morris, Gavin Bennett and Ray Libby, first headline gig in Montreal. The band played in a smaller venue then what they've been playing in the USA which was a nice change. It was an intimate show filled with great energy! The boys took some time while they're on the road to answer some of our questions about their sophomore album, the artists that inspired their music, touring and much more!
What do you love most about touring?
The whole shabang. Nothing beats the hour and a half on stage + I love meeting and talking with fans afterwards.
You’ve been touring so much and been to so many different cities, do the live shows get more and more exciting or tiring? How’s your relationship with the fans?
Every show on this tour is at least twice as fun as the last one we played in any given city. Our fans are wonderfully committed and they know all the words to every song, especially now that ‘Disappear Here’ has been out for a year. This feels like a victory lap for everybody.
You played a more intimate venue in Montreal, compared to your headline shows in the USA, how was at experience?
I had a great time. It felt refreshing to be headlining a new city for the first time. I look forward to our next show in Montreal; always a beautiful audience.
What’s something crazy or weird that happened on tour that you can tell us?
I arm-wrestled Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes at Austin City Limits a few years back. It was a long time inside joke amongst us that if we ever met one of The Strokes, we’d ask them to arm wrestle, because that’s something that doesn’t happen every day. One night, I actually had the opportunity, and I wasn’t gonna NOT arm wrestle Albert Hammond Jr. I won, but he could definitely kick my ass.
You just released This Was A Home Once, tell us a bit about this song and why you decided to release it now?
The time felt right. It’s one of the first songs I wrote for the ‘Disappear Here’ album but we decided to hold on to it for later. I remember thinking “I’ve finally written my first truly great song” once I finished the lyrics.
You also haven’t been making music videos for any songs on Disappear Here, why make a video for this new song? And, how was it filming it?
Basically, our old record label was a nightmare. Classic. We’ve taken things into our own hands now and we got to make it with our longtime friend and collaborator, Zack Sekuler. We had a blast filming.
Maybe We’re Meant to be Alone is a slower song on the album, tell me a bit about that song?
That’s a piece of music I started writing when I was 16 at my grandparents’ house in Washington. I took my time with it and finished it over the course of a year, and kept in my back pocket for a few years. By the time we were working on our second album, it felt like the right time to bring it back and the four of us fleshed out the arrangement and instrumentation.
What are some things/other artists that inspired the new album?
The Police, Tom Petty, Depeche Mode, The Cure, and countless others.
What’s one thing you want to accomplish as a band in 2018?
To release more great music.
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