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ARTIST REVIEW: BAD HINTS


Interview


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Hello! So nice to chat with you too. So, I grew up in a very musical family - not professional musicians but all very connected to music and lots of singing, piano, drums and guitar was happening around me all of the time. I started singing really young and writing poetry around 7 years old. Then when I was 13 my mom taught me 6 chords on the acoustic guitar and I just immediately started writing songs. I played shows as a teen in the late 90s and early aughts but then took a way extended break from that. This is my first foray back into music in a serious way for quite sometime.



2. What’s the best decade for bedroom pop?


Do we have more than one decade to choose from? I mean, I feel like I really started hearing those terms in the boom of at home recording software becoming more accessible and that was around 2010-ish in my mind. And the software has only gotten better so I'm gonna say we are living in the best decade right now. My two tracks were recorded in a mix of campers and bedrooms and it wouldn't have been possible without access to Logic!



3. What's your favorite album from the indie rock scene?


Oh my word this is so hard, the scene is so massive and covers so many years. But, I was always partial to the stuff coming out of Omaha so I'm going to go with "Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground" by Bright Eyes.



4. What’s the best advice you ever gave to another indie band similar to yours?


I'm not sure I can remember ever being asked for advice, but the advice I would give is just: The only person that has to like it is you. You have to be as proud of the work as you can be and if you can get there, then just push it out into the world. It took me a long time to get to that point but now that I've gotten there, it's easier for me to see the path towards doing it again.



5. What is "Pure / Show" and why is it so catchy?


Oh! You think it's catchy?? Well that's good news! Haha. The EP being called Pure / Show is a little cheeky nod to how it feels sometimes to be a person that puts art in the world. Sometimes I just wonder what my damage is that I want to be on a stage. These songs kind of both are about the surface vs. the real you. It can be hard to walk that line authentically. We all mask certain things. And I think it's catchy because it's got a little bit of that cheekiness in the music too. It's not taking itself too seriously.


7. What songs and albums are still inspiring you even until this day?


Well definitely the Bright Eyes album I mentioned. And Fiona Apple's Tidal and Extraordinary Machine were huge for me. Basically every Radiohead album, particularly In Rainbows. Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia by The Dandy Warhols. Jimmy Eat World's Clarity (so good!). Love Drug's early EPs. Nirvana's Nevermind. Mewithoutyou's first 3 albums. (Actually I probably should have made A>B life my favorite Indie pick). So many more but it's hard to think!



8. What's so special to you about writing music?


I think it's incredible that there are a limited number of notes but an absolutely infinite amount of possible songs. It's like the vastness of space to me. Someone is always making something that stuns me. And then on a more personal level, I'm so thankful that I have an outlet for all of my inner turmoil. It saved my life as a teenager and I think it probably will save my life for all my time here on earth. It's a non-destructive outlet for that energy and I hope everyone can find that kind of tool.



9. Are you a fan of movies?


Huge fan yes. Of so many genres. I think they are vital to society. And I must say, I think TV has hit a fever pitch where they are kind of making extended movies and I love that so much.



10. Do you agree with the Pigeon?


Well, you did say my EP was catchy so I will blindly agree to every other opinion you have, yes. Haha. Thank you so much for having me!


Review

Check out the new Bad Hints EP: "Pure / Show"!

"Pure" is generated by intense drums that create an immense vacuum and, consequently, tension in Bad Hints' musical score and atmosphere. The angelic chants of the woman who doesn't feel heard turn this opener into a dream accompanied by low murmurs that I can't keep to myself. The harmonies seem to come from the sky and the clouds in this musical parade. WOW! These interspersed, heavy riffs from Bad Hints are so dreamy and transcendent and perfectly fulfill their purpose of embellishing this exceptional symbiosis between the guitars and drums, which display the soul of this song.








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