The Bath-based indie pop group release their second single in the form of a psychedelic retro-feel video. Their first single, ‘Banger,’ saw a fairly relaxed bassist picking his instrument whilst lounging on a car, cruising through the forest. As one does.
‘Avalanche’ sees the band being revealed to us one at a time from within a cosy pick cube, whilst we’re serenaded by a simple driving bass line and an even more sparse but equally effective distorted guitar riff. This minimal arrangement is then greeted by a front man who has evidently taken tips from David Byrne and deployed a similar brand of erratic, yet infectious dancing that can be found in the Talking Heads’ ‘Once in a Lifetime’ video.
This is of course a joy to watch, and the accompaniment of his refreshingly arbitrary lyrics, as well as some hypnotic harmonies are all that is needed to create an insatiable pop song.
The amalgamation of a retro styled psychedelic video mixed with a plethora of 90’s haircuts and outfits create an aesthetic that has the potential to been seen as antiquated, but this – Bad Sounds – are far from outdated. They mix simple, honest pop music with a distinctive, fresh image which in turn unveils a band that are very hard to dislike.
Words by Tom Gladstone