Bad Veins

Many of the things in the music business these days are likely bands’ endeavours to achieve an instant crowd-pleaser with an album to follow – if they’re lucky, they’ll even have their album described as a “masterpiece” by the biggest music bloggers out there.

This is not one of those bands.

Bad Veins, an emerging American duo, have worked in the entire release of their self-titled album for very long to craft it perfectly – in fact, they’ve been in the indie-pop scene since 2006 and have only set out their disc recently. They were an incredible recommendation by Steph Lund, a friend from Et Musique Pour Tous (that I’ve already talked about) and forthebeat. She’s working with them and I couldn’t help but check it out – and am so glad I did. It’s not only the density of each of their songs that impresses me: they’re also all so different from each other, in some ways. When one reminds me of a less-rough version of a She Wants Revenge song, another resembles slightly-perceptible Arcade Fire. “Gold and Warm” ‘s powerful and catchy sound could not differ more from “Go Home”, a smooth-sailing, downbeat indie heaven with gorgeously edited vocals that, at some times, even remind me of a soothing Julian Casablancas (and whose beginning, for the matter, is personally quite the “Tainted Love”). The latter is actually one of my favourites, with an almost graceful backing of piano helping add to the depth of the whole song.

I’ve also put my hands on a Daytrotter Session version of “Found”, whose lyrics are impeccably compelling and irresistible to sing along to. Piano also plays a big role on this one, which is a huge advantage to its tear-jerking, buttered-up 5-minute beauty. It’s quite different from the album version of the song in terms of beat – the recorded one oozes an orchestral yet simplistic quality.

Their self-titled album in its entirety makes me wish I lived in the US right now – they’re going to tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks from February 11th to February 21st. For those interested, the schedule’s as follows:

2.11 – The Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
2.12 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
2.13 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
2.14 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA
2.15 – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn NY
2.17 – Casbah @ The Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
2.18 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2.19 – The End – Nashville, TN
2.20 – Maxine’s Pub – Hot Springs, AR
2.21 – Hailey’s – Denton, TX

I’m hopeful that they’ll be one of the next big things in the indie scenario, so do check them out. Definitely drop by their website and myspace, and get your hands on that album as soon as possible. Meanwhile, here’s a some gems to soak your headphones in:

(mp3) Found – Bad Veins

(mp3) Found (Daytrotter Session)- Bad Veins

(mp3) Go Home – Bad Veins

(mp3) The Ending – Bad Veins

(mp3) The Lie – Bad Veins

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