Make the last day of April memorable by coming to the U of M campus to see the Bad Suns on April 30th at the Varsity Theater. The band is touring to support their latest album, Mystic Truth, and will be joined by Wisconsin’s own rising pop star, Carlie Hanson. Doors open at 6pm and the all ages show starts at 7pm. Tickets are available HERE
On March 22nd the Bad Suns released their new album Mystic Truth, their first ever album for Epitaph Records. As a marker of a new era for Bad Suns, it’s a remarkable step forward that’s at once melodically sharper and more emotionally complex than anything they’ve done before.
Produced by Dave Sardy (Oasis, The Head And The Heart, The Black Angels) and recorded at the legendary Sunset Sound and Sardy’s home studio, Mystic Truth finds Bad Suns synthesizing a range of disparate influences — R.E.M., Kate Bush, Blue Nile, and Mikhail Bulgakov’s magical realist masterwork The Master and Margarita — into a restless, defiant sound that straddles rock & roll, post-punk, and pop. The album’s title was inspired by a Bruce Nauman art piece that vocalist Christo Bowman stumbled upon at the Tate Modern, a neon-and-glass sculpture that spells out a possibly paradoxical statement in blue spiraled cursive: “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths.”
Throughout Mystic Truth, the band exhibits a refined sense of songcraft and a willingness to infuse their timeless sensibilities with adventurous sonic detours. Whether it’s the stuttering rhythmic bridge on “A Miracle, A Mile Away” — an idealized modern merger of the Brian Eno-produced eras of both U2 and Talking Heads — or the sprightly-yet-melancholic waltz of “Darkness Arrives (And Departs),” Bad Suns are torch-bearers for a brand of anthemic, open-hearted yet daring rock & roll long thought to be endangered. Mystic Truth is strong evidence that it’s in good hands. Album opener and lead single “Away We Go” has already attracted praise from the LA Times (“a scream-along anthem…post-punk with a hint of the Boss”), Alternative Press, and more.
Formed in Los Angeles County when they were teenagers, Bad Suns have come a long way since catching their first big break from LA radio institution KROQ after dropping a demo off in their mailbox. The band – hailed by NYLON as “hard-driving with heart” – performed on Kimmel and Conan, broke the Top 25 on the Billboard 200, toured with Halsey and The 1975, played Coachella and other marquee festivals, and sold out headlining dates across the globe. Their previous album, 2016’s Disappear Here, was hailed by Alternative Press as “their most dynamic and introspective work yet,” adding “Bad Suns are merely getting started in their quest for world domination.”
Bad Suns are: Christo Bowman (vocals / guitar), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Mores (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar).
BAD SUNS TOUR DATES:
Apr 03 – San Diego, CA – Observatory
Apr 04 – Flagstaff, AZ – Green Door
Apr 06 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
Apr 07 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Apr 08 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
Apr 10 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Apr 11 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
Apr 12 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
Apr 15 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
Apr 16 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
Apr 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Apr 19 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
Apr 20 – Boston, MA – Royale
Apr 22 – Rochester, NY – Anthology
Apr 23 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Apr 25 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Apr 26 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Apr 27 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Apr 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
Apr 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
May 02 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
May 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
May 05 – Portland, OR – Roseland
May 06 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
May 07 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
May 09 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
May 10 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
May 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
In just under a year, 18-year old Carlie Hanson has made her way from a small town in Wisconsin working at a McDonalds drive thru to a full-fledged artist and songwriter living in LA self-releasing three vibrant breakout tracks which have a collective 30M streams across Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube, all without a record label. Her song “Only One” is prominently featured on Apple Music’s A-List Pop Playlist, Spotify’s biggest playlist Today’s Top Hits as well as an Apple Music Playlist curated by Taylor Swift. The song is averaging approximately 400,000 streams per day.
Hanson’s debut music video for “Only One,” which was directed by directing duo Similar But Different (Dani Girdwood and Charlotte Fassler) with an all-female crew. Shot in the California desert, the clip shows Hanson haunting a young man’s subconscious as he drives through the desert. He can’t see her, but she can interact with him and it is choreographed with punctuated movement and rhythmic dance that almost feels alien.
On February 1, 2019 Hanson signed a record contract with Warner Bros. Records and also released the official music video for her single “Numb.” Filmed in Big Bear, CA and directed by Nicholas Jandora, the video matches the song’s dark tone with chilly imagery and inspiration from one of the most bone-crushing scenes in cinema history. “I’m a huge horror movie fan and I’ve always wanted to make a video that was inspired by the genre,” Carlie Hanson explains. “Obviously, this one is heavily inspired by the psycho-thriller, Misery. ‘Numb’ just seemed like the perfect song for me to channel my inner Kathy Bates.” Carlie co-wrote the track, which was released last month. “Numb” and her previously released single “Toxins” mark the first tastes off her debut EP, due for release by Warner Bros. Records later this year.
Aaron Bay-Schuck, co-Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros. Records states, “Carlie has one of the most dynamic personalities I’ve ever come across in a young artist. She is fearless, wildly creative, marches to the beat of her own drum, has an incredibly strong sense of self, and is a total star. Her growth on both the recording and live side in just over a year since she hit the scene is nothing short of spectacular and it is not hyperbole to say she has already become a real voice for this next generation of emerging young artists. In addition, Dani Russin, Brandon Creed, and the whole Full Stop management team make this an unstoppable partnership. We at WBR are ecstatic about what the future holds for Carlie.”
Carlie says, “I’m so pumped to know that Aaron Bay-Schuck, Tom Corson and the entire badass Warner team have my back as we take over the world together. Watch out!!!”