Los Angeles-based band Bad Suns share the next track, “Wishing Fountains” taken from their forthcoming studio album Apocalypse Whenever out January 28 via Epitaph Records.
The track examines the pain of waking up with a broken heart. “It’s not the end of the world, but in this moment, it may as well be,” says vocalist Christo Bowman “You try your hardest to pull it together, but every effort to repair the damage done is futile.”
Produced by long-time collaborator, Eric Palmquist (half•alive, Mutemath, Thrice), Apocalypse Whenever features dreamy ’80s pastiche flanked by Stratocasters through cranked Vox amps, pulsing synths, and palpable rhythmic energy. While all of the elements associated with the band’s signature sound are beautifully showcased, their fourth studio album sees Bad Suns take a more conceptual approach to their songwriting, resulting in their most sophisticated work to date.
The 13-track album was conceived as “the soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t yet exist,” setting the scene as the album’s protagonist washes up on the shores of a fictionalized LA after a near-death experience at the hands of the turbulent ocean. In order to fully conceptualize their story, the band did what any good director would do; assembling a mood board, filtering their neo-noir version of Los Angeles through the dreamlike haziness of author Haruki Murakami, the futuristic flair of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Blade Runner, and the lifted cinematography of Spike Jonze’s HER.
From there, the band traced the totality of the character’s life through a series of flashbacks that encompass a blissful summer romance (“Peachy”), hurts-so-good Smiths-ian hubris (“Life Was Easier When I Only Cared About Me”), and unconditional love (“Symphony Of Lights”).
Fresh off their fall tour with Angels & Airwaves, Bad Suns are thrilled to announce a headlining run for 2022. The tour will begin in Albuquerque, NM and wrap in San Diego, CA at The Observatory. Kid Bloom and Little Image will open. Tickets are on sale Friday, November 12 at 10 am local time. In addition to general admission, the band will have an exclusive VIP package available that includes early entry, a soundcheck experience featuring songs not on that night’s set list, a meet & greet with a Q&A, and an exclusive merch item. For more information, visit https://badsuns.com/tour.