The Badlands first EP maybe called ‘Perfect Loser’, but the hard rock band are anything but, and they’re coming soon to a venue near you writes Heidi Flumm.
The Badlands have been doing Byron a noteworthy musical service recently, with their latest live efforts. After running a successful crowd-funding campaign, the band released their new EP on August 5th. and have begun a tour that is lighting up venues across the East Coast. With their biggest show to date just played at Byron Bay’s The Northern on August 12, the band are riding on a tidal wave of live support from their fans. There’s a murmur about the intensity and raw power of the band’s sound and they are living up to their name as being one of the Northern Rivers most exciting and new bands.
Formed in 2014 as a group of musical talents from across Australia and New Zealand, The Badlands are rapidly becoming known for being the definitive emerging rock group to watch. Made up of NZ born Pauly Adams (Vocals), Mid-North Coaster Tommy Flint (Guitar), Melbourne’s Massimo Tolli (Drums) and The Sunshine Coast’s Alexx McConnell (Bass) the band have become increasingly tight as musical unit and group of friends.
Their recent gigs have seen fans hungry for the new tracks, which are now available on iTunes and Spotify, as well as physical CD online and at the gigs. The word is spreading as The Badlands continue their upward musical journey, with dates due in Sydney and Melbourne coming up later in the year and ticketed shows indicating the rising demand for the band’s performances. As Lead singer Paul Adams says of the band’s shows: “We are just best mates at the end of the day and we get excited. And whats more exiting than playing loud, hard music with your buddies.”
The new material was recorded through Byron Bay’s Studio 9, with the help of local producer Cameron Spike Porter, and marks a notable evolution in the bands addictive, mosh-inducing, grunge-rock sound. Local Byron artist NITSUA was commissioned to produce the artwork for their new EP, as well as for the debut single ‘Superstitious Wishes’, which was released on 05.05.2017, at what was deemed by one fan as: “One of the best rock n roll shows to date at Woody’s Surf Shack. Elaborating on their sounds, Adams says: “It’s been a challenge to capture our sound over the years so we thought we should try a new process. It seems to be the best sound we’ve got in years.”
The Badlands are continuing with their run of gigs next weekend at The Sunshine Coast’s ‘The Basement’ in Nambour on Sep 1st and followed on in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley at ‘The Bloodhound Bar’ on Sep 2.
Support comes from The Sunshine Coasts rockers Buck Dean and The Green Lips and The Los Laws.
Friday 1st Sep (The Basement, Nambour)
Saturday 2nd Sep (The Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane)
Time: 9pm Ticketed entry – $10
You can grab The Badlands new EP on CD, as well as other merchandise now available from the band at: