Review of Bad Things' debut album in honor of their lead guitarist Shaun White's imminent domination in Sochi this week.
It’s the beginning of the year, which means everyone is making “Bands to Watch in 2014” lists. One of those bands absolutely should be Bad Things, an alt-synth rock band whose debut, self-titled album came out on January 21st
I’ll admit, I initially checked out this band because their lead guitarist is Shaun White. You may know him as the red-haired snowboarding extraordinaire that has already won two Olympic gold medals and is going for a third in Sochi. However, he is not what made me stay. Bad Things is a group of very talented musicians who are clearly more than capable of writing catchy and interesting songs. The album demonstrates a nice range from indie pop to gritty, raw alternative rock. One of the standout tracks on the album is the single “Anybody.” It kind of reminds me of alternative music from the turn of the century and it has an amazing drumbeat. “Caught Inside” is another strong track with striking drums and plaintive vocals that start out as modest ballad but, with the help of White’s guitar, builds into something much bigger.
They are still very young, but “Bad Things” was a solid release and the band clearly has a lot of potential. They definitely are worth checking out. I have a feeling that good things are about to come to Bad Things.