What do you get when you cross KevDev with MancOrc? This lot, that's what...
Fusing together members of Manchester Orchestra and singer / songwriter Kevin Devine, Bad Books’ second album has a wealth of indie rock expertise to draw upon. However, where their respective band and solo material trades in emotionally-charged upbeat music, the more energetic songs on this record (see ‘Forest Whitaker’ and ‘No Sides’) seem insincere, and a little over-embellished with instrumentation. But stripping down the arrangements in ‘Pytor’ and ‘421’ allows their talents to truly merge. With beautifully harmonised vocals sitting alongside pared-down guitar lines, their lyrical themes of love and loss will hit nerves you never knew you had.
In RS199, we step behind the scenes of one of the world’s hottest bands – All Time Low – as they teeter on the edge of superstardom. Elsewhere, Danny Worsnop talks We Are Harlot, Asking Alexandria and more, we hear about the songs that inspired Frank Iero and My Chemical Romance, and we dip behind the scenes on Architects’ biggest ever tour.
PLUS: There are eight FREE ALL TIME LOW POSTERS. FREE, we say.