Badniks

Badniks

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Badniks are an internationally-sourced rock power trio based in Toronto. Ireland's Donal Gill and Canada's Sean Hingston provide a powerful and versatile backing to Englishman James Harding's honest tales of embarrassment and hilarity, set to the tune of scorching rock and roll guitar.

Biography

Badniks formed in early 2012 after frontman James Harding moved to Toronto from Sheffield, England, looking to carve out a maple-tinged future for himself.

A wintry open-mic acoustic set with new friend Sean Hingston, formally of local heroes the Vestaloynes, proved two things: first, that Harding's songs of parties gone bad and scuppered childhood dreams of being Sonic the Hedgehog offered something fresh to Canadian listeners; second, that these songs would be best served LOUD.

To that end, virtuosic rock-bass chameleon Donal Gill, who had also recently moved to Toronto from Cork, Ireland, was called upon to complete the trio.

Sparks flew, volumes soared and a set was constructed in no time. The three musicians clicked immediately, with a chemistry that adapted old songs and created new songs as if they were already there.

Early Badniks shows in the Spring of 2012 were well-received, praised for their humour and energy, while live instrumental jams and covers had a raw energy that drew comparisons to Led Zeppelin.

In the summer, Badniks recorded an EP, AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS, released online in late September, and celebrated the release in November with a triumphant set at The Horseshoe Tavern.

With new material, unbreakable chemistry and a catalogue of songs bands several years their senior would envy, BADNIKS intend to play their hearts out and set yours on fire in 2013.

Discography

AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS (EP) September 2012, available at http://badniks.bandcamp.com

Set List

Around 40 minutes of original music, with occasional covers added depending on desired set length. A previous set feautred the following songs:

DINOSAURS
LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING
GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
IMPRESS YOUR RIVALS
THE OCEAN (cover, Led Zeppelin)
WHO TAUGHT YOU TO HAVE FUN
VANILLA RADIO (cover, The Wildhearts)
PAPER TIGERS