The Lovely Bad Things “The Late Great Whatever” LP Out Tomorrow on Volcom/Burger

By on February 25, 2013


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, CA 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.

The Late Great Whatever has 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, this 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.


The Lovely Bad Things on tour!
Feb. 26 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (Release Show!)
Feb. 27 San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern
Feb 28 Fresno, CA – Tokyo Garden
Mar. 01 Fullerton, CA – Burger Records
Mar. 02 San Diego, CA – Bar Eleven
Mar. 04 Albuqqerque, NM – Low Spirits
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. 15 Austin, TX – Gypsy Den (Blundertown Party – 2:30pm)
Mar. 15 Austin, TX – Vahalla (Official SXSW Showcase)
Mar. 16 Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas (Burger Records Party)
Mar. 16 Austin, TX – The Jackalope (Volcom Party – 5pm)
Mar. 22 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

Praise for The Lovely Bad Things:
“If Pixies were Los Angeles surf punks instead of Boston smartypantses, they might’ve sounded a lot like the Lovely Bad Things. The boy-girl vocal exchange that powers this rambunctious quartet’s infectious songs is positively Frank and Kim, but the playful humor and slackerly vibes are their own, making the band’s music an enticing addition to the conversation.” – SPIN 

“The band’s live energy defines them, with a garage influence comparable to Burger Records graduates King Tuff and Ty Segall and a first single that could be the best cover of the Pixies ever if the Pixies had written the song.” – Paste

“If you take the energy of any of the aforementioned acts (Black Keys, Ty Segall and King Tuff), combine it with an optimistic pop charm and a LA-worthy pop culture obsession, you should have a good idea about Lovely Bad Things” – Ad Hoc

“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 


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.