Bad Sounds Shares New Single “Heart Attacks” feat. Jake Isaac
March 3, 2023 BY Claire Reynolds
Bristol based duo Bad Sounds share their infectious new single “Heart Attacks” featuring award-winning songwriter Jake Isaac. Playful and uplifting, the band’s new offering highlights their signature falsetto, complemented with the contrast of Jake Isaacs deeper tone. Listen to the new track HERE
Hot on the heels of their Valentine’s Day offering “Hard MF 2 Luv,” Bad Sounds are making 2023 very much their year. January saw the release of ‘More Than I Can Afford’; a superb, catchy offering resonating with many as the UK navigates an impossibly challenging cost of living crisis. The track was warmly received and scooped support from the likes of Clash, Dork, DIY, Ones to Watch and New Music Friday. Back in October, the dynamic duo scooped support from the likes of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Dork Magazine and Metal Magazine for their debut single “Nu Me Nu Yu” off their forthcoming release Escaping from a Violent Time Vol 3.
Fronted by Merrett brothers Ewan and Callum, Bad Sounds have grown and evolved since the moment they launched, rooted by their inseparable bond, through thick and thin. Today they both stand as self-taught producers and multi-instrumentalists, their early experiments on their dad’s old four-track cassette recorder the first steps along a path of creative flourishing that they’re still following. Their skills are not endlessly refined by institutional or classical tuition, but honed on the job.
The release of their genre-splicing debut album Get Better in 2018 was met with international success. Receiving acclaim and rave reviews from the likes of Clash, Guardian, MTV, NME, DIY and Dork. Despite this, the band found themselves out of their major label deal and without any long term plans to release music.
It was a blow that was initially eased by a successful US tour, then compounded by the instability we all faced following the 2020 onset of Covid-19. Yet they’ve been able to overcome this setback: with a new label, new publisher and a deeper understanding of the machinations of the music industry. All of which resulted in a newer sound, more complex and mature, enriched by experience . “For me,” says Ewan, “it’s about coming through our nightmare scenario, getting dropped and running out of money – and getting away with it.” Ultimately, they have never sounded so good.
From there, their confidence and versatility has only grown. Bad Sounds spent the next couple of years establishing themselves as hugely respected co-writers, working with Arlo Parks on her Mercury Award-winning debut Collapsed In Sunbeams, as well as a wide variety of other artists, including Rose Gray, VC Pines, Lady Blackbird, Devon, Ruti, and SOFY.
Staying DIY through and through, they’ve built their own studio in the rural Cotswolds near their home, giving them a base to both work on their own music and forge new creative relationships, broadening their artistic scope more than ever before. “It’s great to have all these different avenues for music now – it’s not all on Bad Sounds,” says Ewan. “It’s one of the things that means we’re probably as confident as musicians now as we’ve ever been.”
With the release of Escaping From A Violent Time vol 3 just around the corner, they take pride in their exceptionally assured, multi-faceted work. Their newest offerings looking to be their most exhilarating achievements yet. Bad Sounds have always had to cut their own groove as brothers and artists; in 2023, it’s a rhythm that’s only becoming more infectious over time.