Release Date: Jun 21, 2019
Record label: Loma Vista
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Both Kevin Devine, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, and Andy Hull, frontman of Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra and sole member of Right Away, Great Captain!, have been around longer, sold more records, and played bigger venues than their collaborative side project, Bad Books. In 2010, the longtime friends (and the rest of Manchester Orchestra) partnered up to workshop one another's ideas under a new moniker. Instead, they wound up writing material that sounded like reworkings of their respective catalogs: alt-leaning indie folk, deceptively mopey rock, and heartstring-tugging acoustic songs.
After a seven-year gap and many individual releases, Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull and Robert McDowell and prolific singer/songwriter Kevin Devine have finally released Bad Books' III. While less experimental than its predecessor, III offers another ten tracks from two excellent songwriters. III has more in common with Bad Books' self-titled debut.