Single Review: BAD//DREEMS – Hiding to Nothing

By on Friday, 3rd July 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

What is a good indie rock band in 2015 supposed to sound like? Can someone tell me please? Because I’m getting confused by who’s got the bigger fanbases. The new Palma Violets sounds like the old Libertines, the ‘new’ and reunited Libertines sound like a Dirty Pretty Things retread, and Mac DeMarco and his far too chill style makes me want to slit my wrists. And then we come to this band.

The kangaroo and the platypus are unusual creatures that evolved so because of their isolation from the rest of the world, so maybe South Australia rock group BAD//DREEMS (along with a series of amazing Aussie acts as of late, including everyone’s favourite slacker girl Courtney Barnett and the raucous Delta Riggs) have benefitted from honing their craft on the faraway island of Oz away from everyone else. Having seen them gig in Sheffield in May, I was blown away by their live chops and eagerly awaited when I would hear word, finally, of a debut album. Well ladies and gents, that time has come. This week, BAD//DREEMS announced the August drop of ‘Dogs at Bay’ on Ivy League Records and ahead of it, those kind Aussie lads wanted us to have a first taste of what’s to come.

The Adelaide band’s ‘Hiding to Nothing’ single is loud. Loud, in the sense that this is definitely a song that was written so you would take notice, because it never lets up in its intensity. But it’s not so loud that everything else is obscured by the endeavour of Being Loud. This is music you can certainly head bang to, but by doing so, you might miss out on the melody and the classic chord changes, both of which are quite impressive and won’t leave your head.

Guitarist Alex Cameron explained to Aussie radio station triple j that the song reveals their relationship with their hometown. “At its best it is in idyllic town, with a temperate climate and beautiful surrounds. At its worst it is stiflingly conservative, inward looking, and somewhat bereft of culture,” he says. This is well reflected in the totally singalong-able (and indeed, shoutable) chorus as frontman Ben Marwe sings, “I get tired, I get lonely, I can’t sleep / I see my twisted fate in empty city streets / reckless dragging ’round / this time, don’t bring me down”. If I’m reading this right, the song is also about keeping on keeping on and rising above what life throws at you, even though you have regret over what might have been, which are easily relatable to the Everyman. However you’re feeling in the moment, queue up this new single from BAD//DREEMS and you will soon have a smile on your face.

8.5/10

‘Dogs at Bay’, the debut album from Adelaide, Australia’s BAD//DREEMS, will be released on the 21st of August on Ivy League Records. Single ‘Hiding to Nothing’ is out now. All past coverage on BAD//DREEMS on TGTF is right this way.

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