Paul Adams - Vocals. Tommy Flint - Guitar. Alexx McConnell - Bass. Massimo Tolli - Drums.
The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Queens Of The Stone Age
‘One of the top 10 stoner rock bands of all time’ - Tone Deaf 2017
A BYRON STORY
Byron Bay based grunge rock four piece The Badlands emerged in 2014, colliding as a group of musical talents from across Australia and New Zealand. Made up of NZ born Pauly Adams (Vocals), Mid-North Coaster Tommy Flint (Guitar), Melbourne’s Massimo Tolli (Drums) and The Sunshine Coast’s Alexx McConnell (Bass), The Badlands have become known for being the definitive emerging rock group to watch.
This gathering of gritty, rock and roll showmen draws its influences from a veritable mixture of 60’s/70’s Blues and Rock, combined with elements of 90’s Skate/Surf Punk, which can be heard in the solid, grungy bass licks and roaring guitar riffs that underpin their songs.
With a loyal following forming across Australia’s East Coast, these boys have got what every band needs. A serious level of sex appeal, combined with a lethal dose of talent, grunt and Rock n Roll vitality. Their last EP ‘Perfect Loser’ was released in August 2017 with a succeeding tour of Tasmania and Australia’s East Coast proving that their live performances are a testimony to their ability to not just entertain, but intoxicate the punters. Listening to Lead singer Pauly Adams you can all but taste the whisky infused nature of his growling vocals.
The band have recorded 3 singles and an EP to date, with the first ‘New Age Prescription Product’ tracked and mastered at 301 Studios with Jordan Power and the second, ‘Never Know’ at Hydro Funk records, where it was produced and engineered by Dave Atkins and later sent abroad to be mastered by multi Grammy award-winning studio Lurssen mastering, based in L.A. Their 2017 EP ‘Perfect Loser’ was recorded at Byron Bay’s Studio 9, with the help of emerging producer Cameron Spike-Porter and released in August 2017 with the single ‘Superstitious Wishes’ following .
2018 IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH
The Badlands all but disappeared from the face of the planet after the end of their last 2017/ 18 tour to celebrate the release of their EP ‘Perfect Loser’.
With lead singer Paul Adams out of action for over 6 months with chronic whooping cough at the beginning of 2018, the band took to the shadows of rest and recovery. A following neck and shoulder injury for drummer Massimo Tolli and a broken hand for bassist Alex McConnell meant that the rising trajectory of the bands musical journey came to an abrupt but temporary halt.
Now into 2019 and the band are back with more weight and vitality behind their music than ever before. In February 2019 they took to the studio with 301’s Nick Didia (of Rage Against The Machine / Pearl Jam / Bruce Springsteen production) to record their latest single ‘Ultra Violent’.
The song is nothing short of massive. With a drum introduction that punches through the solar plexus like a cannonball at short range, there’s no way you won’t know about it. The song is due for release in June 2019, with a tour of the East Coast to coincide.
Having completed four main tours since their coming together, The Badlands have played alongside British India, Wolfmother, Brant Bjork and The Delta Riggs.