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  • Muzik First


Bad Suns have released their fourth studio album, "Apocalypse Whenever." The album was conceived as "the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't yet exist." "Apocalypse Whenever," tells a story of a protagonist as they wash up on the shores of a fictionalized Los Angeles. Apocalypse Whenever is undoubtedly a selection box of treats – the only danger is that it's so sweet it could make you a little bit ill. Songs like When The World Was Mine and Summer Lightning have that addictive sugar rush; cute chorus over well-packaged, brightly-coloured verses, all electronically washed to the point that you can see your flushed face reflected at you. Guitars? If you've found them, it means you're paying attention. Even though both Ray Libby and frontman Christo Bowman are equipped with six-strings, some of these tracks require a dog's hearing to pick up much beyond the occasional solo. But let’s not miss the point. This fourth album isn’t about chunky musical statements and rigid rock posturing – it’s about deft songs, exciting and memorable hooks, plus lots of little melodic pay-offs that you don’t necessarily appreciate until a second or third play. Many great albums can boast the latter. This, in truth, is unlikely ever to be considered a great album, but it’s got enough life-affirming tunes to keep the frost out this winter. Bad Suns kick off their tour on Jan. 28 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Kid Bloom and Little Image support.

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