Bad Sounds

Bad Sounds

credit: Beth Squire

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Bad Sounds- formed by Bristol-based brothers Ewan and Callum Merrett started out on different musical paths before Bad Sounds was born. Ewan made hip-hop beats and played with samples, while Callum was working in recording studios and obsessing over the music of Michael Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Beck and Flaming Lips. Combining their different loves, Bad Sounds are conjuring their own unique pop magic.

Annie Mac picked five of the band’s songs as her Hottest Record in the World, and landed 3 BBC Radio 1 daytime playlist adds. It’s no surprise Bad Sounds are a firm radio favourite; their big pop anthems, brimming with huge choruses, hooks powerful enough to fell tower blocks, and inspiring lyrical messages, bear loud repeated listening.

The band’s live show is becoming a word-of-mouth sensation as they turn every show into a full-on party, and creating a colourful subversive experience for the audience.



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Genre: Pop
Subgenre: Indie Pop
From: Bristol, UK-ENGLAND