Adelaide. There’s no time to wallow in the mire.
If you do you’re just gonna get sucked away. Sucked up north through the city’s decaying fringe, past the closed Mitsubishi plant, past Snowtown, past Port Augusta and into the dry red nothingness.
Sure the trams stopped here in 1958 , sure venues keep closing, sure the good bands keep leaving for Melbourne and sure, you gotta keep paying the bills. But just have a bloody crack and then keep on chooglin’ .
Bad//Dreems know this. That’s why they got together the summer before last, sweating it out in a warehouse next to the West End Brewery.
And it’s these sentiments that underlie Hoping For, the centerpiece of their debut EP Badlands.
“When my minds at ease
When I show up at your door
When I’m not strung out,
I can give you what you need
That’s what I’m hoping for”.
Yeah, I admit my faults . We all screw up. Times might be bad but there’s something better around the corner. The schooner’s still half full!
There’s no musical pretensions here. The band might like me to mention the early 80s Australian underground or US outsiders like the Replacements or Wipers, but this is just heart on your sleeve rock and roll: three honest chords, a driving beat and ragged vocals.
But then again, you can’t help but feel the desperation in Marwe’s voice, like a slug in the guts, when the band crashes into that minor change and he lets go:
And I feel like I can change!
Don’t we all.
The video for the clip was shot in Port Adelaide and in the north of South Australia around Orroroo. It was directed Alex Watkins from whobyfire.com
Since their debut single Chills in 2012 Bad//Dreems have released a two further singles, seeing them end the year as the second most played act on triple j unearthed. They have supported acts such as Wavves (US), Children Collide, Oh Mercy, The Reubens and Cut Off Your Hands (NZ).
The lead single from Badlands received airplay on triple j and community radio. Their take on The Seeds’ Pushing Too Hard will be featured on the upcoming vinyl release of the Nuggets re-release.
Bad//Dreems will be touring to launch the EP, which is out on July 19th. You can catch them on the following dates:
18th July, Hand Games Zine Launch, Brisbane w/ Black Vacation & Petter Bibby
20th July - Ed Castle, Adelaide w/ WAVVES (US)
26th July - Gasometer, Melbourne w/ TBA
27th July - Metro, Adelaide w/Summer Flake + the Ocean Party (Melb)
3rd August – Spectrum, Sydney w/ Drown Under, Bruff Superior + TBA