Promo photo by Emily Maxwell.
Cincinnati duo Bad Veins have left an impression on critics and fans alike since their 2009, self-titled debut. From the somber, luscious melodies of “Dry Out,” to the futuristic sounds of “Crosseyed,” Bad Veins’ self-titled debut served as a catalyst for the duo’s inevitable rise to popularity. Now, the wait is over; the group will be returning with their highly-anticipated sophomore album, The Mess We’ve Made, scheduled for release on April 24.
Bad Veins’ mess is a good mess. Formed in 2006 the group has since performed alongside fellow up-and-comers Two Door Cinema Club, Maps & Atlases, and We Were Promised Jetpacks, their raw and energetic live performances resulting in noteworthy recognition, including being the recipient of the first ever “Target Music Maker Award,” at the Tribeca Film Festival. The band deserves the reception. Vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Davis and drummer Sebastien Schultz redefine the live music experience. Wearing pseudo-army uniforms, the Davis and Schultz take the stage, accompanied by a vintage megaphone, rotary telephone (both of which Davis sings into), and a reel-to-reel tape player named Irene. The result: pure insanity. Schultz’s energy and charisma can be seen as he pounds on his kit, serving as the powerful locomotive behind Davis’ thrilling vocal delivery.
The Mess We’ve Made, recorded over a three-month period at Audiogrotto, a church turned recording studio, in Newport Kentucky, will be the group’s first release through the Austin, TX-based label Modern Outsider Records. Prior to the album’s release, the band will be hitting the road, with plans of starting in March, although scheduled tour dates have yet to be announced.