It has been a big six months for Bad Dreems after emerging from the weird murder hamlet of Adelaide at the start of 2012. Quickly earmarked by various pundits as a band to watch, they were Triple J Unearthed Feature Artists in April and selected as one of RRR’s Class of 2012. Their reputation as a raw and powerful live act saw them handpicked to accompany Children Collide on their 25-date national tour, as well as supporting acts such as Wavves (US), Cut Off Your Hands (NZ), Oh Mercy and The Reubens.
Following the downer pop of Chills and hazy nostalgia of Too Old, Bad Dreems now bring you Tomorrow Mountain, where rubbery bass lines are engulfed by a swirling wall of guitars.
“I never wanted a girl like you, I never wanted a friend like you, I never worry I think you do,” singer Ben Marwe drawls, echoing the brooding guitar melody. Thus begins the tale of another Sunday in Adelaide: bad comedowns, bleak futures, doomed relationships and paranoia at dusk. “I’m bored, I’m lonely, I’m scared.”
Some may hear shades Rowland S Howard here, as well as the abrasive melodies of In Utero Nirvana. Regardless, this is stirring, dark guitar pop and Bad Dreems have plenty more to come…
Come see what the fuss is about as Bad Dreems hit the road once again in 2012. This run of dates includes a supporting stint for slacker punks Step-Panther up the East Coast.
TOMORROW MOUNTAIN TOUR
STEP PANTHER TOUR - OH HELLO - BRISBANE
Thursday, October 18
STEP PANTHER TOUR - ELSEWHERE - GOLD COAST
Friday, October 19
STEP PANTHER TOUR - PURPLE SNEAKERS - SYDNEY
Friday, October 26
STEP PANTHER TOUR - YOURS AND OWLS - WOLLONGONG
Saturday, October 27
JIVE w/HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY
Saturday, November 10
FOWLER'S LIVE w/BLEEDING KNEEES CLUB
Friday, November 16
Praise for Too Old
“Adelaide four-piece Bad Dreems are one of the best Australian bands at the moment (in our humble opinion). Too Old is about a fizzling relationship, with a nod to the humdrum routine somewhere in between. Its delivery is anything but boring, though. Loose treble riffs, vocalist Ben Marwe’s casual drone and arguably the catchiest hook being passed around all make this track so great. If only everyone else took a cue from these guys and stopped trying so hard to sound good. Downer-pop at its best”.
Melissa Tan, Whothehell.net
“Bad Dreems are four guys from Adelaide who make this jangly guitar heavy garage indie-rock. I really dig this gloomy new track of theirs “Too Old”… the sound reminds me a bit of Paul Kelly (on a downer), …or of this rad Melbourne band Twerps”
Good classic aussie rock with a big slice of cool - good one with a strong chorus
Rosie Beaton, Triple J
Praise for Chills
“This is totally charming. I can definitely hear the Flying Nun influence. Sits in the same field as bands like Twerps and Dick Diver” Dom Allesio, Triple J.
"This bittersweet pop song with the matter-of-fact vocals by Ben Marwe sounds like it could have come off a Slumberland or Flying Nun release. He may be yearning for the dark and dreary, but this is just sparkling and excellent pop."
Tim Scott, Mess + Noise
“The dreary pop of ‘90s-era Flying Nun carries over into the now with Australian band Bad//Dreems. How could a band from a sunny, tropical area be so down-trodden and destitute? Who cares, all I know is what I hear and I hear goodness.”
released 10 April 2013
Written by Bad//Dreems
Produced by Paul "Woody" Annison