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Alternative 14/01/2019

Bad Suns Announce Epitaph Debut 'Mystic Truth' Out March 22nd

Bad Suns Announce Epitaph Debut 'Mystic Truth' Out March 22nd

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Today, Bad Suns announce the March 22nd release of their new album Mystic Truth, their first ever album for Epitaph Records. As a marker of a new era for Bad Suns, it's a remarkable step forward that's at once melodically sharper and more emotionally complex than anything they've done before.

Produced by Dave Sardy (Oasis, The Head And The Heart, The Black Angels) and recorded at the legendary Sunset Sound and Sardy's home studio, Mystic Truth finds Bad Suns synthesizing a range of disparate influences -- R.E.M., Kate Bush, Blue Nile, and Mikhail Bulgakov's magical realist masterwork The Master and Margarita -- into a restless, defiant sound that straddles rock & roll, post-punk, and pop. The album's title was inspired by a Bruce Nauman art piece that vocalist Christo Bowman stumbled upon at the Tate Modern, a neon-and-glass sculpture that spells out a possibly paradoxical statement in blue spiraled cursive: "The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths."

Throughout Mystic Truth, the band exhibits a refined sense of songcraft and a willingness to infuse their timeless sensibilities with adventurous sonic detours. Whether it's the stuttering rhythmic bridge on "A Miracle, A Mile Away" -- an idealized modern merger of the Brian Eno-produced eras of both U2 and Talking Heads -- or the sprightly-yet-melancholic waltz of "Darkness Arrives (And Departs)," Bad Suns are torch-bearers for a brand of anthemic, open-hearted yet daring rock & roll long thought to be endangered. Mystic Truth is strong evidence that it's in good hands.

Album opener and lead single "Away We Go" has already attracted praise from the LA Times ("a scream-along with a hint of the Boss"), Alternative Press, and more. Watch the video -- "a triumph of color, rhythm and light" (Alternative Press) -- here:

Formed in Los Angeles County when they were teenagers, Bad Suns have come a long way since catching their first big break from LA radio institution KROQ after dropping a demo off in their mailbox. The band - hailed by NYLON as "hard-driving with heart" - performed on Kimmel and Conan, broke the Top 25 on the Billboard 200, toured with Halsey and The 1975, played Coachella and other marquee festivals, and sold out headlining dates across the globe. Their last album, 2016's Disappear Here, was hailed by Alternative Press as "their most dynamic and introspective work yet," adding "Bad Suns are merely getting started in their quest for world domination."

Bad Suns are: Christo Bowman (vocals / guitar), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Mores (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar). They've already announced a full slate of 2019 North American and European tour dates. Find the full list below and at their site:

Photo by Rowan Daly
1. Away We Go
2. One Magic Moment
3. A Miracle, A Mile Away
4. The World And I
5. Love By Mistake
6. Darkness Arrives (And Departs)
7. Hold Your Fire
8. Howling At The Sun
9. Separate Seas
10. Starjumper
Jan 14 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Jan 15 - Glasgow, UK - The Garage (Attic Bar)
Jan 16 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
Jan 18 - London, UK - Garage
Jan 19 - Brighton, UK - The Green Door Store
Jan 21 - Antwerp, Belgium - Kavka
Jan 22 - Berlin, Germany - Musik & Frieden
Jan 24 - Cologne, Germany - Yuca
Jan 25 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Upstairs
Jan 26 - Paris, France - Les Etoiles
Feb 26 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Feb 27 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
Mar 01 - Eugene, OR - HiFi
Mar 03 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Mar 04 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Mar 05 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat
Mar 07 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
Mar 08 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
Mar 09 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
Mar 11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Mar 12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Apr 03 - San Diego, CA - Observatory
Apr 04 - Flagstaff, AZ - Green Door
Apr 06 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Apr 07 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Apr 08 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
Apr 10 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Apr 11 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Apr 12 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
Apr 15 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
Apr 16 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
Apr 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Apr 19 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
Apr 20 - Boston, MA - Royale
Apr 22 - Rochester, NY - Anthology
Apr 23 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
Apr 25 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
Apr 26 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Apr 27 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Apr 29 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
Apr 30 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
May 02 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
May 03 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
May 05 - Portland, OR - Roseland
May 06 - Vancouver, BC - Venue Nightclub
May 07 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
May 09 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
May 10 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
May 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

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