Tractor on Wednesday! CD Release Coming!

10438692_10203007575884254_2037135582_nThis Wednesday, July 23, we’ll be playing a very cool show. Legendary post-punk drummer Martin Atkins will be giving a lecture on the current state of the music business from the perspective of an independent musician who has done time in Public Image Ltd., Killing Joke, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails & Pigface.

Martin will give his lecture at 7:30pm followed by The Bad Things. Stick around after our set as we’ll be followed by Lynval Golding of The Specials’ new band Gigantor and Seattle’s own horror-punk stalwarts Spiderface closing out the night. Get tickets at Brown Paper Tickets and pay no service fees.

We’ll have download cards of the new album for sale so you can download the new record After the Inferno the second it comes out on Tuesday, September 16.

Speaking of, we also want to announce that the CD Release party for After the Inferno is happening on Friday, September 19 at Columbia City Theater. We’re still working on the opener but should be announcing that soon. Advanced tickets are available here.

We’ll also be playing some regional dates in celebration of the release:

Thursday, September 25 – Bellingham, WA at The Green Frog with Rattletrap Ruckus

Friday, September 26 – Portland, OR at The Alberta Street Pub with Chervona. Advanced tickets available here.

Saturday, September 27 – Olympia, WA at TBA.

Look for more regional dates soon. Also, we’ll be at Big Al Brewing in White Center on Saturday, August 9th. Also, look for an announcement of a new music video we’ve been brewing up. So many exciting things!

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Come to the Freaksheaux….If You Dare!

1506779_856414084384630_8515827792018766335_nThis Sunday, the Bad Things Cabaret Quartet will be gracing the stage of the Can Can for the first time in over three years.

Has it really been that long?

We’ll be opening a night of burlesque, cabaret and sideshow antics with New Orleans’ Freaksheaux to Geaux alongside many of our hometown collaborators. This will be a uniting of freaks from the Big Easy and the Emerald City. Shit’s bound to get weird.

We’ll be opening our set with our version of this Tiger Lillies classic:

As many of you know, the Lillies were one of our earliest influences. One of our most treasured memories is performing this song for the Tiger Lillies themselves at the Can Can after their show at the Moore Theater. Must have been five years ago at least. Now, we return to the scene of the crime.

Come out to the Can Can and re-visit The Bad Things’ cabaret roots in one of the rooms that helped define us. Tickets are available here. Get them quick as I know VIP tickets are sold out.

Our next full band show will be on Sunday, July 13th at Stanislav the Gypsy’s bar Lottie’s Lounge, but more on that later.

We’ll also be sharing information on our upcoming CD release events in September. We got two Seattle shows planned and some regional dates in Washington and Oregon. The official release date is September 16. First album in six years people! Be excited because this is our best one yet.

Punk As Folk and the Northwest Folklife Festival Next Weekend!

Punk As Folk 2014Yes, that’s right kiddies, Punk As Folk is back for a third year at a third venue. The first year was a four day event at our beloved Funhouse, which saw the last performance of God’sFavorite Beefcake and performances by some of the top names in punk-inspired folk music from around the world. Last year, we sold out The Comet (again, RIP. We know it’s back but, you know, not really) with blazing sets by Blackbird Raum, Sourmash Hug Band and others.

This year, we play a new venue, Conor Byrne’s in Ballard on Friday, May 23, with all the artists hailing from the Pacific Northwest: Strangely from Bellingham, The Mongrel Jews (back for their third year!) from Seattle, Future Fridays from Seattle,Lone Madrone from Portland, Danbert Nobacon from Twisp (by way of Leeds, England) and of course, South Seattle’s own Bad Things closing out the night.

I gotta say, I like the way each of these band’s incorporate punk influences into their acoustic-based music and I think this is going to be the most musically diverse lineup yet. For us, diversity was always what defined the early punk scene….not so much mohawks, leather jackets and fast songs. Just look at the difference between Crass and the Buzzcocks, or Suicide and The Cramps. But, then again, I guess this proves that we’re old and hail from a bygone era.

Capacity is much more limited this year and we are not selling advanced tickets so get there early. Music starts at 9pm. And, if you’re busking at Folklife that day and want to continue the party, come down and busk out front. Seems like that’s happened every year so far and we like this trend.

Then, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26we’ll be hitting the NW Folklife Festival once again. There’s talk of us doing some busking on Monday before our performance for old time’s sake, so look for us around Seattle Center. We’ll take the Vera Stage at 3pm. Come out and say hi and be sure to check out all our other friends that are playing the festival throughout the weekend, including Bad Things’ bass slapper Mad Wilcox’s other band Bakelite 78 (Saturday) and Bad Things’ banjo player’s indie/psych band Low Hums (Sunday).

As for the rest of the summer, we’ll be finishing up our new record in preparation for our CD release in September. More on that later. We’ll also be playing around town this summer: Columbia City Beatwalk and The Tractor Tavern (with Lynval Golding of The Specials and Martin Atkins of PiL, Ministry, Pigface fame!) in July and Big Al Brewing’s big anniversary party in August.

Come out and say hi next weekend at Folklife and stay tuned for our summer schedule as we finalize all the details.

cheers,
The Bad Things

Goodbye Daniel Adam Driskill. We’re Sure Gonna Miss You.

1506430_10152407283107146_9047259591095658957_nSeems like this band has played too many memorials in the last two years.

It was at the memorial for the Cafe Racer shootings at The Neptune Theater that Daniel Adam Driskill told me he’d been diagnosed with brain cancer. It seemed like somehow, this special little community we’d built was disappearing around us that night, for all the wrong reasons. Ironically, this was happening on a night when so many of those bands in that community were playing to probably the biggest audience they’d ever played to.

The thought of Daniel not being in the front row of Bad Things shows, closing his eyes, bobbing his head, holding his beer to his chest, looking content and totally wrapped up in our songs, that’s the ultimate compliment you can pay to a musician, just listening and appreciating what you do. And Daniel gave that to us every time, for years, pretty much from the beginning. He made us feel special and for that, we all had a special place in our hearts for the guy. Reading the posts on his Facebook page, I see he had that effect on a lot of people and definitely with a lot of other bands. A true fan of the music. Tried and true.

Tomorrow, we will get together at The Highline on Capitol HIll with an army of fellow musicians and friends and family to remember this gem of a man. Folks like Bakelite 78, Bucharest Drinking Team, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, Mongrel Annie, Melissa Cerise, Diva Le Deviant and more will be providing entertainment. Sure to be a big night of music, tears, memories, smiles, more tears, more beers and drunken singalongs….something Daniel loved. It’ll be strange not to see him swaying arm and arm with the drunks during “Death of the Inferno” but, you know what? I’m betting he’ll be there all the same. He wouldn’t miss it.

Love you buddy and we’ll see you on the other side.

P.S. If you’re coming to the show tomorrow, bring cash. His family and loved ones were left with some stiff hospital bills and expenses that need to be taken care of. All proceeds of the door are going to the cause but bring extra so that Daniel’s loved ones can focus on their grieving.

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Daniel Adam Driskill in all his glory! Friday, January 13, 2012 at The Comet Tavern. Photo by Jon Roy.

Last Saturday with El Radio Fantastique and Baby Gramps

We had a great time last Saturday at the Columbia City Theater for a show supporting Northern California’s amazing El Radio Fantastique and our buddy, Baby Gramps. Hadn’t been on the Columbia City stage in quite a while and boy, it felt like home. Miss playing that place. Look for more shows there in the future.

Photographer Keith Johnson was in the house and he took some great pictures. Check ‘em out.

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Second Stop on our North to South Seattle Tour? Eastlake!

March 2014Thanks to everyone that came out to Conor Byrne’s last Thursday. We had a great time. Gold Hope Duo were great. Gramps was his usual amazing self and we did what we do to a happy, dancing Ballard audience.

Now that the first leg of our North to South Seattle Tour is complete, time to start preparing for our next couple appearances in town. First of all, we’ll be headlining an amazing bill at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery in Eastlake on Friday, March 28 with our old buddies The Dolomites. The Dolomites and The Bad Things go back into the Midnite Choir days, when we were just two of maybe four bands that were doing this kind of music in the Pacific Northwest. After travels to Japan, Europe and Mexico City, Stevhen Iancu, essentially the only consistent member of the band, is back to rock out on his accordion with us and Wenatchee’s Jipsea Party, who we have not seen yet but are confident will start things off in a most raucous way.

After that, we’ll be hitting Columbia City with Northern California’s amazing El Radio Fantastique on Saturday, April 5th. But, more on that later.

Get advanced tickets to the Lo-Fi show here and be sure to pick the Artist Ticket option as it benefits Cafe Racer Love and gets you a very cool collectible ticket, all for a mere $0.25 extra.