COIN with Bad Suns
The Social in Orlando, FL
It’s been the end of the semester and papers, assignments, and presentations have been thrown on me every day. Every night, I have been wishing for a stressful night out. Luckily, Bad Suns came at a good time. I have seen Bad Suns a couple times, once at their own shown and another time with the The Neighbourhood. Their music definitely has a wonderful groove to it, something to get your hips moving. They have never disappointed live so needless to say, I was stoked to be able to see them again.
With everyone packed into the sold-out show like a pack of sardines, COIN opened up to get the crowd warm and moving. The upbeat band from Nashville, TN burst out with energetic indie pop and thoroughly impressed me. Within the first song, everyone was shaking and jumping along with the band. I didn’t know any of their songs except their hit single, “Talk Too Much”, but I still had a blast during their set. The band seemed to know exactly what to do and how to do it well.
After the sweaty warm-up, Bad Suns finally hit the stage. With Christo, the lead singer, rocking a silver glitter highlight on his face, I knew we were all in for one heck of a show. The band has been showcasing their new album, Disappear Here, and I was intrigued to hear their new stuff live. As expected, the band played every song close to perfectly. The whole venue was singing along, and everyone was having the time of their life. I have always enjoyed shows that make you feel like you are at a huge hangout with friends, and that’s what it felt like. Strangers were dancing together and the band served a 10/10 show. When the band started their final song, “Salt”, I was genuinely upset the night was over.
Check out a Bad Suns show anytime you can. The band is undoubtedly talented, devoted, creative, and energetic. It’s a show you will want to relive again and again.
Bad Suns Superlatives (choose a band member for each superlative)
o Most likely to forget their part of the song:
It happens to the best of us.
o Most likely to lose their luggage:
Gavin nearly lost his bag last week.
o Most likely to fall off the stage:
I recently fell off the stage in Chicago.
o Most likely to smuggle a stranger’s dog onto the bus:
Realistically, none of us, but maybe Ray.
o Most likely to wear the same outfit 3+ days in a row:
o Most likely to wake you up in the middle of the night:
I’m a heavy sleeper, I don’t know.
o Most likely to get catfished on Tinder:
None of us, but I’ll say Gavin.
o Most likely to still be active on Myspace:
- Dog or Cat?
- Coke or Pepsi?
- Mac or PC?
- Summer or winter?
- Kanye or Drake?
Love both. Prefer hearing what Drake has to say.
- What popular song do you wish you wrote first?
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
- If you could only perform one Justin Bieber song for the rest of your career, which one would you choose?
The most obscure one.
- So, as a fan of you all, I can definitely say you kept me on edge waiting for a new album. Give us a little rundown of what your general writing process and inspiration was for Disappear Here.
We were really inspired by the time we came home from touring our first album. Our lives changed dramatically over that two year period, good and bad things all accounted for. We now had a few months to process all of that and channel those experiences into something. We treated it like work. Five days a week, eight hours a day, and we loved every minute of it. If I wasn’t at the studio, I was at home working on lyrics. It was an intensely creative period.
- Over the past several years, you all have grown and changed as individual artists and as a band. Is there ever a fear that sets in when going through change and growth? If so, how do you deal with that?
Sure. It’s important to learn to combat your fears, as it can be overwhelming at times. We do what feels right; our band has always been guided by our instincts.
- One thing I have always loved is you all’s sound. It has a very groovy, alt rock sound. How have you all defined or redefined your sound through the writing of your second album?
The word “sunny” was thrown around a lot with our first album. We were inclined to veer in a different direction this time, while still retaining the key elements of our sound.
- In the past, you all have toured with other extremely well-known and talented bands such as The 1975 and The Neighbourhood. How does touring with other, and even possibly, maybe wider known bands help you all grow? Or does it? Can you pull a lot from those experiences?
We have more fun playing our own shows, but it’s always a great learning experience to see how larger operations function on tour. Those guys are all great.
- There is always a natural nervous feeling when listening to a new album from a band you love, but Disappear Here is wonderful. What kind of boundaries did you push in the recording process with it? Or what kind of new ideas did you introduce?
We did exactly what we wanted to.
- Besides the new album and current tour, do you have any upcoming projects you can give us any hints about?
Next year will be a lot of fun.
- And speaking of upcoming projects, Pulse Spikes is focusing on the theme of “The Next Wave” for its current topic in articles. Looking at that, what are you all hoping is on the “next wave” for Bad Suns?
More shows in front of more people!
- What are some upcoming bands you all have been enjoying and could tell us about?
I don’t know if “upcoming” is the word, but a band called Hundred Waters made one of my favorite albums of the past couple years called ‘The Moon Rang like a Bell’ and I encourage people to check it out.
- Give us a piece of advice new artists could use in their processes.
Stay calm and work harder than anyone you know.
- Lastly, what is one last thing you want to communicate to fans about the new album?
Thank you for listening, we hope it comes to mean something special to you
Words and photos by Elizabeth Stafford