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Bad//Dreems

On the heels of their sold-out headlining tour Down Under, Adelaide, Australia’s band of outsiders Bad//Dreems is pleased to announce their inaugural US run with performances at New York’s CMJ Festival and Los Angeles’ Culture Collide. Kicking off in October, the ruffian quartet will embark stateside for select live shows and radio in-studio performances before heading home to directly support The Black Keys on their upcoming Australian tour.

When you are from Adelaide, South Australia there really is no time to wallow. 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 of the outback. Bad//Dreems know this. That’s why they got together the summer before last sweating out their hangovers in a dilapidated fridge warehouse.

You scratch the surface here and you find another world, far removed from the leafy inner suburbs. From the port with it’s 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. Meeting at their local football club they emerged from the Adelaide underground refreshingly untouched by modern trends. With an honest and brazen blend of classic unadulterated garage rock, Bad//Dreems have garnered a reputation for their explosive live show while drawing comparisons to icons such as The Replacements, Husker Du and The Go-Betweens.

Their latest single “My Only Friend,” produced by Mark Opitz (AC/DC, The Angels, INXS) highlights a different side to this dynamic band and exercises a more reflective tone that explores deeper themes of isolation, loss and self-doubt. The singles video was pieced together with footage collected from the band and their fans. It shows Bad//Dreems on the road, playing shows, house parties and doing what they do best – being a fucking rock band. Mundane meets morbid; the humdrum meets the horror; nostalgia meets nightmare. Big dreams meet bad dreams.

In a world where indie guitar music has grown sullen and stale, where songs by garage bands are used to sell cars on TV and real rock and roll is no more than an inner city bartender’s tattoo, it’s nice to know the memo never reached Adelaide.

Tour Dates:

10/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Culture Collide Festival

10/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Culture Collide Festival, The Aussie BBQ @ The Echo

10/23 New York, NY @ CMJ Music Marathon, Southern Exposure, Pianos

10/24 New York, NY @ CMJ Music Marathon, Planetary CMJ Party, Pianos

Plus more to be announced