The young LA rockers have a big sound and don't mind being a buzz band.
Chris Bowman, the singer/guitarist of Bad Suns, the LA band that played a Red Bull Sound Select showcase last month with DIIV, recently made a trip back to his old elementary school for a class reunion. He's only 18, so it wasn't really that long ago that he walked those same halls as a student. But, still, it was strange.
“They had a board up of all my classmates and where they all go to school now,” recalls Bowman. “All my friends from that time are at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and these other Ivy League schools. Then, next to my name, the board read 'Professional musician.' It was absurd.”
“But school always felt foreign to me,” he continues. “One day I just decided to be a musician, and I never strayed away from that goal. Being in a band is the only thing I can do.”
Bowman and three buddies ― guitarist Ray Libby, bassist Gavin Bennet, and drummer Miles Morris ― formed Bad Suns last year. The band has been working in the studio with producer Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Trash Talk, the Mars Volta), and plans to release an EP this year and a debut full-length in early 2014.
We're gonna try to live up to the hype. I can't say what's gonna happen, but I have a good feeling about it all.
Bad Suns recently released a video for one of its first Palmquist-produced singles, the undeniably catchy 'Cardiac Arrest.' The stadium-aspiring rock tune, which was a listener favorite on KROQ's Locals Only show, is in the spirit of the Killers and U2. The song's success has caused some to label Bad Suns a “buzz band.” And the tag doesn't bother Bowman.
“I think it's cool people are saying that,” he says. “There's something special about this band. Even if I wasn't in Bad Suns, I'd like us. We're gonna try to live up to the hype. I can't say what's gonna happen, but I have a good feeling about it all.”
Be on the lookout for Bad Suns' debut EP, which is due out this summer.