Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock


Sounds like

bad//dreems


band members

Ben//Alex//James//Miles


Influences

The Replacements, Wipers, Greasy Pop Records


Bio

Adelaide. There’s no time to wallow in the mire. If you do you’re just gonna get sucked away. Sucked up north through the city’s decaying fringe, past the closed Mitsubishi plant, past Snowtown, past Port Augusta and into the dry red nothingness. Bad//Dreems know this. That’s 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. The weed capital. 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. Mundane meets morbid; the humdrum meets the horror; nostalgia meets nightmare. Big dreams meet bad dreams. The EP is the result of sessions with producer Woody Annison (Black Cab, Rocket Science), and also includes debut single Chills, recorded with Jack Farley (Twerps, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Beaches) and Johnny Mackay (Fascinator, Children Collide). Badlands represents the first cohesive picture of Bad Dreems’ sound, which draws from the Australian underground of the late 70s and 80s, while also taking cues from US indie outsiders like The Replacements and Wipers. Despite the darkness and neuroses that Badlands explores, there remains a stoic optimism. You can’t afford to wallow here. Times might be bad but there’s something better around the corner. The schooner’s still half full. Badlands is out now through Mirador Records. “Heartfelt vocal with a ragged edge, driving melodies, solid guitar work. This is a great tune”
 Zan Rowe, Triple J “Continuing to divide audiences with their power garage rock and choice of covers (My Pal), we are firmly in the pro-camp.” – Andrew Mast, The Music “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 "Adelaide four-piece Bad//Dreems are one of the best Australian bands at the moment..." – WhoTheHell
 “all I know is what I hear and I hear goodness.” - 
Weekly Tape Deck
 
 “There are still outsiders in Australia, still parts of the country that escape our attempts to tame it” - Adam Curley, Street Press Australia 
 
 “One of our favourite global bands” – Doubtful Sounds
 
 “He may be yearning for the dark and dreary, but this is just sparkling and excellent pop." - Mess + Noise 
 
 “The sound reminds me a bit of Paul Kelly (on a downer), ...or of this rad Melbourne band Twerps.” - Radar Radio
 
 “Their stage presence is so grungey, so sleazy, so badarse and so apathetic; it's fantastic!” – 4ZZZ
 
 “Bad/Dreems isn’t just another Adelaide band; they represent the melodic, the tough and the spirited of that much-maligned city” - Patrick Emery - The Brag/Beat
 
 “The sunburnt ginger in me loves this record as much as the hipster.” - Soundly Sounds
 
 “I'm going to say it here and now – these guys were the highlight of the first night of BIGSOUND.” – AAA Backstage
 
 “Adelaide’s Bad//Dreems are on the up, and with a huge local following already achieved within the first year”. - Tonedeaf


Unearthed in 2014

Laneway Festival

01 Dec 2013

Winner

Bad Dreems

Bad Dreems

Congratulations to our 2014 Laneway Festival winners!

Congrats to Brissy four-piece The Creases, Melbourne synth-pop masters Client Liaison, Sydney folk-makers Little May, Adelaide outsider rock outfit Bad//Dreems and Perth's own indie-electro trio Crooked Colours!

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Review

Reviewed by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

26 Mar 2013

Triple J
40

Even more good stuff from you guys; here you've managed to capture a classic Australian sound and make it your own. Ace.

Even more good stuff from you guys; here you've managed to capture a classic Australian sound and make it your own. Ace.

Review

Rosie Beaton

24 Jul 2013

Triple J
40

Carolineeeeeeeee you do it to me everytime!!! grabs me - i even sing along

Carolineeeeeeeee you do it to me everytime!!! grabs me - i even sing along

Review

Reviewed by Caz Tran Caz Tran

02 Mar 2012

Triple J
40

The more I listen to this song the more I smile, nod and long to be riding my bike, ice cream in hand to the faint distant pleas of my mum to come home for dinner!

The more I listen to this song the more I smile, nod and long to be riding my bike, ice cream in hand to the faint distant pleas of my mum to come home for dinner!