Bad Veins is an indie pop musical project by Benjamin Davis and Jake Bonta, formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. The duo is known for sporting vintage military clothing, using a telephone to sing into while performing, and utilizing an old reel-to-reel named Irene for backing tracks, all creating a unique show experience for even the most seasoned concert attendee. Army green and red roses, similar to their debut album cover, is a visual staple during their live performances.
Even before an official release, Bad Veins won the first ever Target Music Maker Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008. Their self-titled debut album was released on July 21, 2009. The first single off the album was "Gold and Warm," which was used on Good Morning America’s "Your Three Words" segment on February 27, 2010. Dan Harris, an ABC News correspondent, named the debut the 7th best album of 2009 on ABC’s Amplified blog, calling it "criminally overlooked" and "utterly fantastic." The USA Today blog, Pop Candy, named the last track on the album, "Go Home" one of the Top 20 Songs of 2009.
On April 24, 2012, Bad Veins released The Mess We've Made via Austin-based label Modern Outsider. The first single "Dancing On TV" was accompanied by a music video, which features Comedy Central sensation Chris Hardwick. The Mess We’ve Made was called ‘Album of the Year’ by EMI’s Dave Lombardi, and ranked on many top 10 lists.
The band have frequently played with or toured with bands such as: Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, Friends, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Walk The Moon, Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Maps & Atlases. Thrice, Kevin Devine, and We Are Scientists.
More recently, Bad Veins launched their super-interactive fan group dubbed, the appropriate, 'Bad Veins Army', an interactive experience created for fans, designed to reward the most passionate members.