THERE is a bit of mystery surrounding the New Jersey band…
Bad Bearth – meaning there are a few bits of information and fewer photos. Whilst I have vowed to not feature those who cannot provide photos and biography: the U.S. group interested me enough to warrant further investigation – although, it might be the last time it will happen. I am glad to learn more about their bad name and their new E.P., Elephant in the Womb. They explain that interesting title and what new single, Bad Idea, is all about. I know there can be a rivalry between New Jersey and New York – the latter not especially polite and respectful towards the former – and was interested to know whether they have faced any blow-back from their state-neighbours. The guys reveal how detrimental/influential President Trump’s politics are to their music and the albums they are inspired by.
It is a short and direct interview from a great new force in U.S. music.
Hi, guys, how are you? How have your weeks been?
We are doing alright. These past few weeks have been busy.
For those new to your work, can you introduce yourself, please?
We are Bad Bearth (Pron. Bad-Birth).
If you had to define your sound and drill it down to a few words, how would you describe it?
Our sound is anger that is coming from a loving place.
Bad Idea is your single I am interested in. What is the story behind that song?
Bad Idea is about personal experiences. It is about facing reality and learning things the hard way.
Elephant in the Womb is the new E.P. That is an interesting title. What does that title mean and represent?
Elephant in the Womb was the situation. Bad Bearth is the outcome.
What are the main themes explored through the E.P. and what as the vibe like in the band at the time?
A little bit of isolation, a little bit of indigestion and a touch of paranoia. The vibe at the time can be compared to a homeless man who just inherited a mansion.
Do you have any new material coming up? Did you look that far ahead or concerned ensuring Elephant in the Womb gets good coverage?
We are working on new music. We are never looking too far ahead: we just wanted to get Elephant in the Womb out there for people to hear.
Bad Bearth are from New Jersey. Can you tell me how you all came together?
We bonded over our hatred for Bon Jovi.
What is the scene like in New Jersey? Is there a musical rivalry with New York or are they two very different states?
New Jersey and New York work well together. There are no rivalries. The rapper featured on Ugly Baby, Born Dead is from New York City.
Do you guys react to Donald Trump and his ‘leadership’? Is he someone who compels music and emotion in the band?
There is a line in Peacelord that goes: “James Brown drank a lot”.
Now we drink a lot as well.
In terms of tour dates; do you have any U.S. gigs booked for the coming months?
We haven’t really focused on that yet. We’ll get around to it though.
Do you guys plan on getting over to the U.K. any time at all?
Absolutely, we would love to. We definitely see that in our future.
Can you let me into the artists you are grew up listening to and helped drive your musical ambitions?
Outkast, Daft Punk; Danger Mouse and Beck were some of our main influences.
Who are the new/upcoming artists you advise we keep an eye out for this year at all?
YL, Pootie; Future Generations and Din.
What advice would you give to any new artists starting out right now?
We are new artists ourselves. We can use more advice than we can give.
Finally, and for being good sports, you can each name a song and I’ll play it here (not one of yours as I’ll do that)
Bad as Me – Tom Waits
Something About Us – Daft Punk
KeePushInn – Blu
Family Affair – Sly and the Family Stone
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