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BAD SUNS / Apocalypse Whenever

Label: Epitaph Vendor: Epitaph, a California Corp. Distributor: AMPED UPC: 045778777914 Genre: Rock Release Date: 1/28/2022
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Article number: EPT87779.1

Bad Suns sound - dreamy '80s pastiche flanked by Stratocasters through cranked Vox amps, pulsing synths, and palpable rhythmic energy - that endeared listeners to the band in the first place, and their fourth LP, APOCALYPSE WHENEVER, uses that musical foundation as the jumping-off point for their next evolution. Conceived as "the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't yet exist," the 13-track album, helmed by longtime producer Eric Palmquist (MUTEMATH, Thrice) at his Palmquist Studios and the band's North Hollywood rehearsal spot, is more conceptually rigorous than anything they've ever attempted - but no less compelling or accessible. "We also knew we wanted the album to have a through-line, a story from beginning to end," frontman Christo Bowman explains, so the band did what any good directors would: They assembled a mood board, filtering their neo-noir version of Los Angeles through the dreamlike haziness of author Haruki Murakami, the futuristic flair of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Blade Runner, and the lifted cinematography of Spike Jonze's HER. These disparate influences don't just offer APOCALYPSE WHENEVER an expanded palette of sonic choices to color Bad Sun's airtight hooks - they help give the songs an emotional complexity that works on a multitude of levels depending on how listeners choose to receive them.

1 Apocalypse Whenever
2 Summer Lightning
3 Baby Blue Shades
4 Peachy
5 When the World Was Mine
6 Wishing Fountains
7 Electric Circus
8 Nightclub (Waiting for You)
9 Life Was Easier When I Only Cared About Me
10 Heaven Is a Place in My Head
11 Silently Sreaming
12 Grace (I Think I'm in Love Again)
13 Symphony of Lights