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Roxby Downs, South Australia, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | MAJOR

Roxby Downs, South Australia, Australia | MAJOR
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Alternative Garage Rock


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Adelaide, South Australia. Theres no time to wallow in the mire.

If you do you're just gonna get sucked away. Sucked up north through the citys decaying fringe, past the closed Mitsubishi plant, past Snowtown, past Port Augusta and into the dry red nothingness of the outback.

Bad//Dreems know this. Thats why they got together the summer before last, sweating out their hangovers in a warehouse next to the West End Brewery. Sure the trams stopped here in 1958 (cf. M. Easton 2013), sure venues keep closing, sure the good bands keep leaving for Melbourne and sure, you gotta keep paying the bills. But just have a bloody crack and then keep on chooglin (CCR 1967).

Then again, you scratch the surface here and you find another world, far removed from the leafy inner suburbs. From the port with its decaying factories and rusty Chinese tankers to the forgotten northern fringe with its salt plains and dilapidated greenhouses. The empty jail on the edge of the city. A decade long bikie war. The Family. This is the weird murder capital of Australia. The weed and meth capital. This is Badlands.

It is this world, constructed or not, that Ben Marwe (vocals, guitar), Alex Cameron (guitar), James Bartold (bass) and Miles Wilson (drums) attempt to capture in their debut EP, Badlands. Outsiders in an isolated town, they had little in common with whatever music scene there was. They took inspiration from another generation of bands who found themselves on the outside looking in Wipers, the Replacements, Husker Du, The Saints, Cosmic Psychos.  Like these groups, they had no other option but to do it themselves. Mundane meets morbid; the humdrum meets the horror; nostalgia meets nightmare. Big dreams meet bad dreams.

Despite the darkness and neuroses that Badlands explores, there remains a stoic optimism. You cant afford to wallow here. Times might be bad but theres something better around the corner. The pitchers still half full.

Key Achievements:

  • CMJ - #19 MOST ADDED to US College Radio, Nov 2013
  • CMJ - #102 College Radio charts, Nov 2013
  • Recently signed a worldwide deal with Ivy League Records and Publishing
  • Triple J - 'Dumb Ideas' Top 10 Aussie songs of 2014 so far.
  • Triple J NEXT CROP ARTIST Ones to watch in 2014
BAD//DREEMS have sold out their own shows in Australia and toured with Wavves, Turbo Fruits, The Scientists, The Rubens, The Preatures, Children Collide, Bleeding Knees Club. They have performed at St Jeromes Laneway Festival (Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, Savages), Groovin The Moo (Disclosure, Cults) Spinoff Festival (Lana Del Rey, Band of Skulls), Boogie (Gary Clarke Jnr, Pond, Bet Wettin Bad Boys) amongst many more.

  • Triple J - 'Hoping For' Top 10 Most played and high rotation.
  • Triple J - 'Dumb Ideas' added to high rotation.
  • Triple J - 'Too Old', 'Tomorrow Mountain' & 'Chills' spot rotation.
  • Triple M (Commercial Radio) - 'Dumb Ideas' added
  • 'Dumb Ideas' added to MTV and Rage
  • 'Hoping For' added to Rage
Management - Nick Lynagh -
Agent - Harbour Agency - Dan Sant (Lorde) - Aus only.
Label - Ivy league Records (The Vines, Cloud Control, The Rubens, Alpine)

Media Quotes

"There are still outsiders in Australia, still parts of the country that escape our attempts to tame it." - Adam Curley, Street Press Australia

"Sleeves torn off their shirts, workman boots scuffed and throats sore from warm grog and ripping through their belting choruses. That's what makes Bad Dreems so good." - Triple J

"Bad/Dreems isnt just another Adelaide band; they represent the melodic, the tough and the spirited of that much-maligned city." - Patrick Emery - The Brag & Beat Magazine

"all I know is what I hear and I hear goodness." - Weekly Tape Deck
"Adelaide four-piece Bad//Dreems are one of the best Australian bands at the moment." - WhoTheHell
"The sunburnt ginger in me loves this record as much as the hipster." - Soundly Sounds
"We didn't know much about Bad//Dreems when we walked into Ric's Bar but we were big fans by the time we left." - Channel V

"Their stage presence is so grungey, so sleazy, so badarse and so apathetic; it's fantastic!" - 4ZZZ
"I'm going to say it here and now these guys were the highlight of the first night of BIGSOUND." - AAA Backstage

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