Early last year, we at 1146 Miles encountered an emerging alt-pop band from Los Angeles called Bad Suns. The quartet’s first single “Cardiac Arrest” (which we featured here) had a youthful spark that garnered not only our attention, but that of L.A.’s premier local station KROQ. Bad Suns’ initial triumph with “Cardiac Arrest” led to an opening slot on the West Coast tour of the 1975 last summer and a record deal with Vagrant; since then, they have kept busy with shows and recording sessions in preparation for the release of their debut EP. Not much time has passed, and it’s still early in the game for Bad Suns – yet so much has changed.
On January 21, Bad Suns’ efforts came to fruition with Transpose, their first major mark in the music world. Featuring three new tracks (“Transpose,” “Salt” and “20 Years”) alongside their popular single, Transpose indicates that the success of “Cardiac Arrest” was no fluke. Groomed in the alt-pop vein that made bands like the Vaccines and the 1975 popular among the listening world’s indie conclaves, “Salt” and “20 Years” epitomize the alluring guitar sweeps common in their genre while “Transpose” exposes the growing strength of singer Christo Bowman’s voice.
Bad Suns recently concluded a tour with Royal Bangs that took them to Chicago, New Orleans, Brooklyn and a handful of other U.S. cities through the month of January. Bowman, bassist Gavin Bennett, drummer Miles Morris and guitarist Ray Libby have an album in the works that is tentatively slated for a 2014 release; until then, their growing fan base will have to make do with the ear-catching tracks on Transpose.