Bad Sounds Unveil New EP ‘Escaping from a Violent Time, Vol. 3’ Today

April 14, 2023 BY Jason Currell

Today Bad Sounds have released their new EP Escaping from a Violent Time, Vol. 3, showcasing their inimitable brand of alternative-pop. Delivering a broad spectrum of music both sonically and lyrically, the EP is more than enough to ensure this band will not be put in a box. The five track body of work  shows a newfound sense of maturity and perspective, their slippery grooves and elastic choruses underwritten by more lyrical depth and instrumental nuance than ever before. Listen to the album HERE.

Escaping From A Violent Time Vol 3 [tracklist]:

  1. Nu Me Nu Yu
  2. More Than I Can Afford
  3. Heart Attacks (Feat. Jake Isaac)
  4. Extra Beat (Feat. Tamzene)
  5. Hard MF To Love

Since the start of the year Bad Sounds have been sowing the seeds towards their new EP. They kicked off 2023 with relatable and catchy “More Than I Can Afford,” which resonated with many as most of the world sinks into a painful cost of living crisis. The track was warmly received by the likes of Clash, Dork, DIY, Ones to Watch and New Music Friday. Hard MF To Love” followed as a knock-out accomplice to Valentine’s Day, offering a soothing dose of slick songwriting that paid homage to both romanticism and anti-valentines. The EP also includes a guest feature from London’s multi-talented artist and award-winning songwriter Jake IsaacHis stand-out vocals compliment the bands signature falsetto on the playful and uplifting “Heart Attacks.” The EP officially commenced last October when the dynamic duo revealed Nu Me Nu Yu,” which bagged support from the likes of Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Dork Magazine and Metal Magazine.

Touching back on their impressive back catalog, Callum shares “Volumes One and Two of this series are quite dark – but as they go on, they get more euphoric.” Although that occurred naturally, this progression and the overall concept of the series has mirrored the brothers’ trajectory as Bad Sounds up to this point.

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. 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.

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.

With the release of Escaping From A Violent Time, vol. 3, 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.