Brought together by time and fate-they’d all known each other since high school, but finally made a band together in 2009-and named by some kind of esoteric computer filename error too complex to further explain, Orange County’s The Lovely Bad Things are the hyperactive omnitalented and relentlessly hilarious garage-pop band who crowdfunded their way to an encore performance at the world-famous Primavera Sound festival and whose new album The Late Great Whatever was titled during a dream at the suggestion of their spirit guide, who happens to look strangely like Dinosaur Jr drummer Murph. The Late Great Whatever will be released on February 26 via Volcom Entertainment (cassette on Burger Records), and the band will be celebrating with a month-long residency at the Echo in LA, before touring out to SXSW. But first, the band is giving you a sample of their new tunes with the first MP3 from the album (see Spin debut).
Listen/Post: “Fried Eyes” MP3
The Lovely Bad Things are Brayden and brother Camron Ward, Tim Hatch and Lauren Curtius, each a multi-instrumentalist and each devoted to a bottomless knowledge of ridiculous pop culture and comprehensive appreciation for the Pixies, though if you dismantled their songs and their record collections both you’d find Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, the B-52s, the Wipers and of course Redd Kross, whose sense of humor and sense for a hook the Bad Things have inherited. They mostly come from the city of La Mirada, but their true home is the Lovely Bad Pad, a converted suburban garage-converted personally by the band members-that’s hosted truly legendary backyard punk shows, up to and including a surprise set by Peter, Bjorn and John, who know a good thing when they hear it. It’s this combination of D.I.Y. spirit and off-the-wall luck that carried The Lovely Bad Things from that backyard to a cassette release on trendsetter label Burger Records that would be called one of the best L.A. punk releases of 2011 by the L.A. Weekly.
There is not one but two Star Wars references on the tracklist, Bigfoot on the cover, a shout-out to Macho Man Randy Savage and a relentless collection of the strongest songs The Lovely Bad Things have ever done. Produced by Jon Gilbert in the studio built and run by Crystal Antlers’ frontman Jonny Bell, The Late Great Whatever is a record by a band who’ve developed a telepathic language of their own, with songs that stop and start and turn inside out in ways you just can’t play unless you know exactly what everyone else in the studio with you is thinking. On The Late Great Whatever, Lovely Bad Things roll out just about anything you’d want about 15% faster than you’d expect.
The Lovely Bad Things on tour!
Jan. 13 Los Angeles, CA – The Bootleg Theatre (w/ PAPA)
Feb. 05 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (w/ Wires on Fire, Cosmonauts)
Feb. 12 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (w/ Red Onions, Death Hymn #9)
Feb. 17 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (w/ Dirt Dress, Summer Twins, Aquadolls)
Feb. 26 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (w/ The Shrine, Audacity, Denny & the Jets + special guest)
Mar. 02 San Diego, CA – Bar Eleven*
Mar. 05 Denver, CO – Hi Dive*
Mar. 06 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall*
Mar. 07 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews*
Mar. 08 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Mar. 09 Chicago, IL – Ace Bar*
Mar. 10 St. Louis, MO – Firebird*
Mar. 11 Nashville, TN – Stone Fox*
Mar. 16 Austin, TX – The Jackalope (VolcomEnt SXSW party)
* w/Denny & The Jets
Praise for The Lovely Bad Things:
“Think surfboards, shake shacks and a sun-bleached pier where The Pixies meet up with The Shangri-Las… like I said, dreamy.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
“Top 5 Punks Albums of 2011” – LA Weekly
“Cursive meets B-52s twist… a cocktail best sipped when you are ready to hit the beach or take a toke ride to a party.” – Get Bent