Bad Suns Announce Epitaph Debut 'Mystic Truth'

Bad Suns Announce Epitaph Debut 'Mystic Truth'

Today, Bad Suns announce the March 22nd release of their new album Mystic Truth, their first ever album for Epitaph Records. As a marker of a new era for Bad Suns, it’s a remarkable step forward that’s at once melodically sharper and more emotionally complex than anything they’ve done before.

Listen to new single “Hold Your Fire” over at Billboard:

Produced by Dave Sardy (Oasis, The Head And The Heart, The Black Angels) and recorded at the legendary Sunset Sound and Sardy’s home studio, Mystic Truth finds Bad Suns synthesizing a range of disparate influences — R.E.M., Kate Bush, Blue Nile, and Mikhail Bulgakov’s magical realist masterwork The Master and Margarita — into a restless, defiant sound that straddles rock & roll, post-punk, and pop. The album’s title was inspired by a Bruce Nauman art piece that vocalist Christo Bowman stumbled upon at the Tate Modern, a neon-and-glass sculpture that spells out a possibly paradoxical statement in blue spiraled cursive: “The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths.”

Throughout Mystic Truth, the band exhibits a refined sense of songcraft and a willingness to infuse their timeless sensibilities with adventurous sonic detours. Whether it’s the stuttering rhythmic bridge on “A Miracle, A Mile Away” — an idealized modern merger of the Brian Eno-produced eras of both U2 and Talking Heads — or the sprightly-yet-melancholic waltz of “Darkness Arrives (And Departs),” Bad Suns are torch-bearers for a brand of anthemic, open-hearted yet daring rock & roll long thought to be endangered. Mystic Truth is strong evidence that it’s in good hands.

Album opener and lead single “Away We Go” has already attracted praise from the LA Times (“a scream-along anthem…post-punk with a hint of the Boss”), Alternative Press, and more. Watch the video — “a triumph of color, rhythm and light” (Alternative Press) — here:

Formed in Los Angeles County when they were teenagers, Bad Suns have come a long way since catching their first big break from LA radio institution KROQ after dropping a demo off in their mailbox. The band – hailed by NYLON as “hard-driving with heart” - performed on Kimmel and Conan, broke the Top 25 on the Billboard 200, toured with Halsey and The 1975, played Coachella and other marquee festivals, and sold out headlining dates across the globe.  Their last album, 2016’s Disappear Here, was hailed by Alternative Press as “their most dynamic and introspective work yet,” adding “Bad Suns are merely getting started in their quest for world domination.”

Bad Suns are: Christo Bowman (vocals / guitar), Gavin Bennett (bass), Miles Mores (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar). They’ve already announced a full slate of 2019 North American and European tour dates. Find the full list below and at their site:


  1. Away We Go
  2. One Magic Moment
  3. A Miracle, A Mile Away
  4. The World And I
  5. Love By Mistake
  6. Darkness Arrives (And Departs)
  7. Hold Your Fire
  8. Howling At The Sun
  9. Separate Seas
  10. Starjumper


Jan 14 - Bristol, UK - Thekla

Jan 15 - Glasgow, UK - The Garage (Attic Bar)

Jan 16 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute

Jan 18 - London, UK - Garage

Jan 19 - Brighton, UK - The Green Door Store

Jan 21 - Antwerp, Belgium - Kavka

Jan 22 - Berlin, Germany - Musik & Frieden

Jan 24 - Cologne, Germany - Yuca

Jan 25 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Upstairs

Jan 26 - Paris, France - Les Etoiles

Feb 26 - Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

Feb 27 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades

Mar 01 – Eugene, OR - HiFi

Mar 03 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

Mar 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

Mar 05 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat

Mar 07 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

Mar 08 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater

Mar 09 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theater

Mar 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

Mar 12 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

Apr 03 – San Diego, CA – Observatory

Apr 04 – Flagstaff, AZ – Green Door

Apr 06 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues

Apr 07 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

Apr 08 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Apr 10 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

Apr 11 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre

Apr 12 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

Apr 15 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club

Apr 16 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA

Apr 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel

Apr 19 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony

Apr 20 – Boston, MA – Royale

Apr 22 – Rochester, NY – Anthology

Apr 23 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club

Apr 25 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

Apr 26 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

Apr 27 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues

Apr 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom

Apr 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

May 02 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall

May 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

May 05 – Portland, OR – Roseland

May 06 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub

May 07 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

May 09 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

May 10 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

May 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern