“Death of the Inferno” – Final Preview Until Release Day!

"After the Inferno" CD Release Party - September 2014

Well folks, here it is! The final track and the final preview from After the Inferno, our classic show closer “Death of the Inferno”. We always wanted to re-record this one since it’s changed musically and collected so much more meaning over the last decade of playing it live. I think this version finally captures the intensity of the live performances.

It also features guest vocals from Bill and Melissa from the late great Bat Country, Emma and Devon of Gunstreet Glory and Robert Rial of Bakelite 78. An honor to have such great voices on our album. Truly.

The positive press keeps rolling in. Morton Shlabtonik from Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express said: “The Bad Things are an Americana group with a particular perspective, which includes conjuring ghosts of the city’s militant past—a place that outsiders from old weird America called home. Recorded with stringed acoustic instruments, accordion, gently brushed drums and even a softly intoned trumpet here and there, The Bad Things bring a contemporary sensibility to folk music.”

And the Midwest Book Review said: “After the Inferno…treads the tenuous border between love and destruction. Songs resonate with a touch of sadness for the tragedies of the past, but also build upon renewed hope for the future. Intense and powerful, After the Inferno reflects resilience, perseverance, and remembrance. “

Release day’s on Tuesday! If you live in Seattle you can get physical copies at Georgetown Records, Sonic Boom, Easy Street and all Silver Platters locations (SoDo, Northgate and Bellevue). If you’re outside of Seattle you can get it at our CD Baby Music Store, via iTunes or on Knick Knack Records‘ website.

Or you can buy it directly from us at our CD Release Party at the Columbia City Theater next Friday. Get tickets now ’cause they’re going quick.

Track Six – “Grifter’s Life”!

This song goes back almost to the beginning of the band and definitely has more of our “classic” sound to it than the other tracks on the record. It’s taken almost a decade to commit the song to record but we’ve finally done it. This one is always a hit live and you can see why. Music to drunkenly stomp around to. Hope you dig it.

We’re less than two weeks away from release day and this is the second to last track that we’ll be previewing prior to the release date. On Tuesday, September 9th, we’ll be offering a special iTunes pre-sale where you can purchase the album early and it will automatically be downloaded into your iTunes library on Tuesday, September 16. Check back on the 9th for the link to that pre-sale.

Also, be sure to pick up tickets to the CD Release party here. They’re going fast.

The Reviews Are Coming In!

So, the reviews are starting to come in about the new record and they’ve been really positive. Check it out:

THE BAD THINGS ARE ANYTHING BUT

A decade into their career, Seattle’s Bad Things are still one of the city’s best kept musical secrets. While the word Seattle conjures some obvious musical images, The Bad Things are happily not one of them. This gang of outcasts celebrate their uniqueness and outsider status with a fairly interesting approach to music that has more in common with Beirut than with Nirvana. Their latest album, After The Inferno is a tribute to their standing within the coffee capital’s musical community. 

Sounding like something from a different century, Bad Things have old world charm by the bucket load. They sound aged, traditional, unusual, and most importantly…cool. There are polka rhythms, accordion songs, horns, chants and a worldly approach to writing a song and not an ounce of flannel in sight. After The Inferno is unusually brilliant because it’s pure and honest and different. It’s just not modern in a 21st century way and I love how the band have found this neat little niche in which to explore old musical styles that often aren’t heard. The Bad Things ability to mix folk, traditional country, Eastern European, Western European, and quirky pop influences into something so mesmerizing makes it almost impossible to turn away from much less dislike.

After The Inferno is the kind of record you’d hear on a steam ship, river boat, or expedition. It’s an exploratory and rootsy record that keeps traditional sounds close to it’s heart. The Bad Things are honest and awesome musicians and their name is a complete misnomer, because their albums are far from being Bad Things. Seriously awesome old timey music that even your parents and grand parents will like After The Inferno is highly recommended.

Pretty great. That was from The Pop! Stereo Review Roundup. Here’s another from the Midwest Record.

Big Al Brewing on Saturday

Here it is already. Our last show of the summer and our last show until the big ‘ol CD Release festivities in September.

This Saturday, August 9, we’ll be playing a free, all-ages show at Big Al Brewing in White Center. I think this is our third or fourth time playing Big Al’s and it’s always a blast. This year we’re actually playing their 6th Anniversary Party, so there will be even more reason to celebrate. We’ll also have our friend Alana filling in on bass. You may know her from such Seattle institutions as Miss Mamie Lavona & Her White Boy Band and L’Orchestre d’Incroyable. Mad Wilcox is down in Black Rock City helping build the monstrosity that is Burning Man.