Release Date: Feb 26, 2013
Record label: Volcom Entertainment
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Punk-Pop
The Lovely Bad Things' debut album The Late Great Whatever is a 12-song blast of energy that draws power from the Pixies, Star Wars, Redd Kross, hanging out all day with your besties, and making a ton of noise. Meeting on the hallowed ground where the fierce energy and clatter of punk hook up with the choruses and singalong cheerfulness of pop, the songs are delivered with a breezy sense of humor and fun, but also with a lo-fi power that never lets up. The band switches instruments, trades vocals, and generally comes across as kids having a total blast.
Driven by a manic, chaotic enthusiasm, Orange County’s The Lovely Bad Things play bash-it-out garage rock that doesn’t skimp on hooks or harmony. The Late Great Whatever, the band’s full-length debut, finds Brayden and Camron Ward, Tim Hatch and Lauren Curtius hop-scotching from one propulsive, infectious song to the next, drawing inspiration from surf and punk, as well as a big dose of the Pixies. “Hear or Anywhere” starts the album off with thumping toms, fuzzy guitar hooks and with Curtius on lead vocals, the band sounds like an amped-up neo-girl group, pausing to catch its breath before rushing into the final unbridled chorus.
Orange County’s the Lovely Bad Things immerse themselves in geeky pop culture on their full-length debut, The Late Great Whatever. First of all, there’s an image of Bigfoot on the front cover. And there are two songs here that reference Star Wars: “Kessel Run” and “Darth Lauren”. What’s more, there’s even a shout-out to the late wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage (“Randell the Savage”).