Bad Veins – Benjamin Davis (vocals, keyboard, guitar, etc,) and Sebastien Schultz (drums) – formed in 2006 and quickly gained widespread buzz even before they released an album due to their legendary live shows. The duo takes the stage in pseudo-army uniforms with Seb thrashing with the enthusiasm of 2 punk drummers on his kit and Ben crooning stilly on his mic. They are joined on stage by a vintage megaphone, rotary telephone, and a reel-to-reel tape player nicknamed Irene (often counted as the third band member).
Their incredible live shows led them to NYC for the CMJ Festival in 2007 where Bad Veins were considered one of the breakout bands for that year. It was that same year they started crisscrossing the
, relentlessly performing and building a cult following among fans and critics alike. In 2008 Bad Veins won the first ever “Target Music Maker Award” at the Tribeca Film Festival and soon after they earned themselves spots touring with a variety of noteworthy artists including Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Maps & Atlases, Two Door Cinema Club, and more. US
In addition, their self-titled debut album released in 2009 won numerous accolades. Dan Harris of ABC Amplified picked the album as #7 in the “Best Albums of 2009” and wrote that Bad Veins were “criminally under-appreciated.” USA Today’s Pop Candy called the album’s closing track “Go Home” one of the Top 20 Songs of 2009. Also, the lead single “Gold and Warm” was the music for a video segment on Good Morning America called “Your Three Words” and the song is going to be featured in the upcoming blockbuster film Chronicle – out February 3rd via 20th Century Fox – and in the official soundtrack.
On April 24th 2012 Bad Veins will follow up their impressive debut with the release of The Mess We’ve Made on Modern Outsider Records. Plans already have the band on the road starting in March and will keep them out and playing live for a majority of 2012. Confirmed dates to be announced soon – check the below sites for the most up-to-date information.