Our favourite band whose name is the complete opposite of what they produce… we had a chat with Bad Sounds ahead of their performance at The Great Escape.

A band that are 100% set to bring a smile to your face, Bad Sounds have been busy working on their debut album, their recent release ‘Evil Powers’ is ridiculously catchy and we’re still not over how fantastic ‘Are You High?’ is.

Hey! How are you all? How’s life treating you?

We’re good thank you. We’ve been finishing off our album so things have been pretty intense lately but at the same time super exciting.


We LOVE ‘Evil Powers’ how have you found the reaction to it so far?

Thank you! I think its gone down well? Haha, tbh I try not to think about that stuff too much… when we played it for the first time this weekend people in the audience were singing along so I’m gonna take that as a good sign 🙂


Where did the inspiration for the Evil Powers video come from?

Ewan and I are really into Evil Dead and even referenced a scene from it in an early video of ours for “banger”. So, we’ve been kinda desperate to do a B-movie horror style video since forever and this seemed like the perfect track to do it on. We were aiming for something between the styles of Sam Raimi and the Coen Brothers hence A LOT of POV and an evil demon possessing us. It was directed by Eoin Glaister and he’s probably the first time we’ve met someone who totally gets what want out of a video and really took our initial ideas and brought to life (then killed us all in the video).

The Alex Metric remix of Evil Powers is pretty cool too if you could remix any song, what would be your go-to choice?

That’s a great question! I think its really cool when old underground hits get remixed and are given a new lease of life. For example when Room 5 took Oliver Cheatham’s ‘Get Down Saturday Night’ (an absolute banger in its own right), and turned it into ‘Make Luv’ it suddenly sounded super relevant and contemporary. So I guess I don’t know exactly what track I’d choose but I’d like it to be that kind of deal.


You’re playing at The Great Escape next week, looking forward to it?

Heck yes. We get to play at the end of the pier again! It’s really exciting because the first time we played Great Escape literally everything went wrong for us, and there was hardly anybody in the room, then last year we had a super fun show and these guys turned up in Rhino masks and gave them to us after we played ‘Meat On My Bones’ (I wore one. It was sweaty inside the Rhino head). Which was really great because we weren’t really sure if we’d have an audience or not. So this year to be heading back to play this amazing slot at Horatio’s feels great! Hopefully, we can fill the room with Rhinos.


Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at the festival?

DYLAN CARTLIDGE. He’s a big guy with a giant afro who writes the most bonkers hip-hop/alt-pop tracks. So much love for this guy and his music.


If you could collaborate with any artist on the line-up, who would it be and why?

Dylan C. for the aforementioned reasons. He’s just a frickin’ G. His music is super fresh and I feel like we have similar influences, but totally different approaches.


What can people expect from your set?

Positivity and fun. Our shows are not about watching us.


How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?

It’s just very different. There’s slightly more attention to detail in our own shows. We like to build sets and turn the whole room into something else for the night. We once had giant replicas of our heads dotted around the venue, and we recently filled the venue wall to wall with balloons before the audience arrived. At festivals, it’s much more about just going for it and having fun with the audience. There is usually a great atmosphere already at festivals so it’s just a case of trying to convince the people who have never seen you before to loosen up a bit and that you’re not shit.

Have you got many other gigs lined up for us to get excited about?

We’re popping up at festivals all over the summer! Very excited about our slot at Reading and Leeds. It’s also gonna be great to go back to Truck festival (possibly our fav show we did last year).


What are your top festival survival tips?

Haha, I dunno. More advice I guess that survival tips? Go and see something you’ve never heard of because the best thing about a festival is seeing an artist that really surprises you.


And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to The Great Escape, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.

Because we’re playing at the end of the pier and there might be Rhinos there.