BAD GUYS is an album
that rides a horse and drives a van. It doesn’t own any furniture and it
hasn’t bothered sorting out digital tele, it just watched the channels
disappear one by one until they were all gone. Then it kicked the screen
in and broke its foot and didn’t go to hospital. It drinks, it fucks, it
fights, it throws up and it gets up and fucks again.
It’s not complicated,
it’s heavy rock music. There are concepts there, somewhere, but they’re
crushed under a tonne of rock, and rendered irrelevant. And rightly so,
because who wants to complicate a party?
Stop analyzing and start
Lazy comparisons time,
take this lot and bash em together, Melvins, Black Sabbath, Harvey Milk,
Motorhead, ZZ top, Trans Am, Killdozer, 90’s Am Rep, Thin Lizzy, MC5,
Deep Purple etc
BAD GUYS. A midlander, a
southerner, a Canadian and a Hungarian. Three necks, two kicks and no
mic stand. Long hair, grey hair, bald-heads and beards. A shitload of
rock. The works. Sounds like a plan. As well as playing with the likes
of Circle and Oxes, these guys have earned a reputation for crashing all
sorts of parties. They’ve played three ATP festivals, played on the
plinth in Leicester Square, played Field Day, pissed off a lot of
security, got a bunch of fines, and helped a lot of people have a lot of
fun. Formed through a mutual desire to play some rock music that’s not
had the life squeezed out of it by some kind of po-faced academic
mangler, they make the heavy stuff and they play it loud, the way
it should be.
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“I'll do the Bad
Guys review after I take a shit.”
“Just take a shit
on the keyboard and send that in.”
I laugh out loud.
Then think. What if I were to do that? Will my shit hitting the
keyboard be any more relevant than a review based largely on my
encyclopaedic knowledge of the movie bad guys, linked
haphazardly to these Bad Guys? Will it be better than me going
on about your Mum rubbing one out whilst flicking through the
bands photos on Facebook? Maybe. But no, I don't get paid for
writing this pish so I won't ruin my only keyboard for some
cheap laugh. The cleanup would be more gruesome than your Mum on
the Red Stripe.
Bad Guys sound like
a fuckin’ band on their 5th album. They sound like a band who
have been cutting about for ages. Like, Orange Goblin ages. They
sound like a band that every cunt likes. No-one in the general
vicinity would have the balls to say that they didn’t like Bad
Guys. They ooze that charismatic attitude, mixed with a cool
look. Although, not as cool as John Brown. I used to think that
he had some look; intriguing and cool. Until I got told he had
alopecia. Some laugh.
You don’t like Bad
Guys? I'm sorry, but you’re probably a right scum bag and yer
partner thinks you have a wee dick, big fanny and that paedo
looking next door neighbour of yours is in the right, every time
you disagree. Aye, these cunts are some band. Lets talk about
this album without mentioning William Forsythe shooting that
woman in the heid in Out For Justice.
Bad Guys LP has its
bawz planted in a few genres. They’ve got big bawz. Sometimes it
sounds pure desert rock like Kyuss or Masters of Reality, but
with an English-sounding singer. That makes sense though because
he is English. Then there’s lumbering nods to the heavy 60s/70s
low end rock like Uriah Heep and that Sabbath band. Seriously,
give it a listen. And don’t give me your nit-picking griping and
groaning and moaning because they don’t sound like those bands.
They fucking dae. And you know whit, if you don’t like it then
you can fight me. I'll meet you anywhere in Glasgow and boot yer
There’s no need for
any balladry here. Bad Guys don't need to feed you that. Why? So
you can listen to it in the car to try and get a stinky finger
from that lassie fae college who likes Kings of Leon? Never mind
that pish, get her pumped. Bad Guys style. Pounded fast and
You will be needing
hip replacement surgery by the time ‘My Love Is Disgusting’ is
finished with you; its riff giving you the ultimate
knee-trembler. ‘Alcowhore’ scrapes the bottom of the barrel,
and shoves all the manky dregs into your mouth. It holds your
nose and tells you to swallow. Then another tune hits and you’re
suddenly wigging out like you’re in Palm Springs, wearing a
bikini and watching Dave Lee Roth getting noshed round the back
of a Quiznos Sub.
It's evident from
the start Bad Guys probably don’t take themselves that
seriously; it’s good time rock n’ roll with less boogie-woogie
and more tits and bevy. And they have the chops to play this
mental gear which is, of course, helpful. Bad Guys clearly
don’t do this to feed their weans or put money in the
electricity meter. They do this to get free beer, drugs, and
lassie’s phone numbers. William Forsythe would fucking love
BEARD ROCK (4/5)
I remember old good days
when it was possible to find some cool bands on myspace
(before the shitty upgrade). Few years ago I followed the
link from one gig. That was the first time when heard the
band with the simpliest name ever - Bad Guys
Few months ago
I found that UK's finest noisy label Riot Season is going to
release their debut LP. It seems that BG is going to be the
most rocking release up to date on the label. Start listening
to the record...and dozens of hurricanes with fresh air are
flowing through my ears.
job done over the recording and mixing of the sound. Bad Guys had
found their own way to the top of the mountain of success : most songs
starts with the super sweet guitar sound intro which grows
up into a smashing bulldozer of heavy rocking vibes. Smart
Lyrics and harsh drunk-driven vocals is what makes Bad Guys
freakin' special !
to this record you can find tonns of influences starting
from 70's heavy rock till the 90's noiserock and 00's riff
rock. Just press the
"Play" button and Bad Guys will make your evening. Dig this if you
love dogs & hate sea foods and kids.
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1. Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive.
2. Of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare.
Have you ever wondered about the meanings of some words? Words that
you use, roughly in context, but without a firm grasp of the
background and true definition of the word? The first word that came
to mind on first listen to
“belligerent”. As it turns out, the definition appears to be pretty
much bang on the money. The Bad Guys sound, as their name might
suggest, is hostile and aggressive and, in some respects, these guys
sound as though they’re waging a musical war against lameness and
According to their biography Bad Guys are “a Midlander, a
Southerner, a Canadian and a Hungarian. Three necks, two kicks and
no mic stand. Long hair, grey hair, bald-heads and beards”. Based in
London it seem the band have been operating largely under the radar
having numerous releases under their belts and appearances at no
less than three ATP events yet remain largely unknown on a wider
scale. With this new album they seem intent on changing that and
kicking in a few doors…and faces along the way.
The Bad Guys sound pulls from stoner, doom, classic rock and punk to
produce a furious barrage of obnoxious riffs and propulsive drumming
all topped off with an intimidating, barrel-chested, hardcore vocal
roar. The Bad Guys platform is laid out from the start of opening
track “Brick Toothpick” and rarely lets up in pace or intensity
through to final track “Hurl” whether they’re charging ahead at full
speed on “My Love Is Disgusting” or grinding as on “Alcowhore”
through to the almost NWOBHM influenced “Witness A New Low”.
Subtlety is thin on the ground and Bad Guys clearly aren’t trying to
change the world through peaceful means. Instead they have Bono and
Chris Martin strapped to chairs in a damp basement and are beating
them with baseball bats whilst drinking cheap beer and listening to
The Melvins!!! The production only serves to accentuate the stripped
down nature of the Bad Guys sound in its no frills, band in the room
with some fuck off big amps kind of way.
At only nine songs it isn’t the longest album in history but the
sheer relentless nature of the album leaves you feeling battered and
raw by the end. Any longer and it may start becoming intolerable!!!
This is a band that can surely never play more than 45 minutes live
without wringing themselves out completely. The Bad Guys’ Motorhead
meets Harvey Milk onslaught may not be for everyone and certainly
not for those whose tastes run to something a little more esoteric
but for a 40 minute drunken, violent rampage this is a pretty good
THE SLEEPING SHAMAN
The first word that popped into
my head when I hit play on the Bad Guys' first full length album
was "finally". This London based, no nonsense rock band have
seemingly been around forever, tearing up this city with their
incredible live shows and nothing beyond a 2 track EP to show
But here it is, all teamed up with the ferocious British record
label Riot Season who have put out face melting noise rock
releases from epic bands such as Todd and Hey Colossus, this is
a match made in the most awesome underground rock bar in heaven.
The good news is that Bad Guys is worth the wait and then some.
‘Brick Toothpick’ kicks off the proceedings with some absolutely
shit kicking riffery… think ‘Rusty Cage’ by Sound Garden
wrestling with some classic 70s hard rock jamming. The tortured
vocals rip into it and you know you’re onto something truly
bruising yet wonderful. There’s nothing terribly original about
Bad Guys, a little bit of Melvins, a handful of Torche, a
splattering of Sabbath, but the album somehow feels like a new
approach to kick ass hard rock.
Imagine Metallica and Lou Reed really nailed Lulu and it was
everything it should have been (instead of absolutely terrible)…
a metal band hammering out more earth shattering riffs than you
could shake a stick at with some lunatic crazy man spouting his
nonsense over the top. That’s exactly what this is. Their man on
vocal Stu has some important things on his chest; you can
imagine him propped up at bar growling every thought that pops
into his chemical ridden brain.
It’s all pretty consistent, the dual guitars work in absolute
harmony together and have wonderful little hooks and quirks
which keep pulling you back into Bad Guys’ fun yet brutal little
world. It’s scientifically impossible not to nod your head with
a scrunched up face in appreciation to some of riffs that
‘Alcowhore’ fires out.
‘Witness a new low’ has a wonderful cheesy 70s vibe but is still
delivered with sludgy edge.
‘Fat Labrador’ is not only a brilliant song title but has a
British feel to it. Lyrics such as “I see you at the chip shop,
I see you at the park”, this album does not take itself too
The final track ‘Hurl’ what can you say apart from that it’s one
of the best songs EVER! The first few minutes of heavily
distorted slow stoner rock jamming could never prepare anyone
for the animal, which is unleashed when things gets moving. It
will make you want to throw your laptop at the wall and try
start a mosh pit with your girlfriend and cat in the middle of
the living room (I didn’t do that honest). The guitars are fast,
dynamic and the commanding vocals scream “You weird like prick,
come and suck my fucking dick” sure some might think it’s not
the most grown up or intelligent lyrics in the world… but us
rock fans are not meant to be grown up or intelligent and we’re
damn proud of it! The break down has some wonderful soft
electric noises floating around and playing with the deep
distortion, almost like Neu! or Circle turned up to help them
play the album out. We’re then treated to one last blast of
carnage, the band are absolutely owning it whilst the vocals
roar “Let’s get a fucking beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer!” and they’re
right; we’ve just had a power hard rock master class so come
on…let’s go get that fucking beer!
ECHOES AND DUST
Bad Guys is a
Sludge/Stoner/Noise/Punk Who Don’t Care What Genre They are band
from UK. The members are: Stu - PJ - Dave - Tamas
Am going to let the bands bio tell you all you need to know as
these guys are one of the weirdest collective units I have heard
in a long while.
"A midlander, a southerner, a Canadian and a Hungarian. Three
necks, two kicks and no mic stand. Long hair, grey hair,
bald-heads and beards. A shitload of rock. The works. Sounds
like a plan. As well as playing with the likes of Circle and
Oxes, these guys have earned a reputation for crashing all sorts
of parties. They’ve played three ATPs, played on the plinth in
Leicester Square, played Field Day, pissed off a lot of
security, got a bunch of fines, and helped a lot of people have
a lot of fun. Formed through a mutual desire to play some rock
music that’s not had the life squeezed out of it by some kind of
po-faced academic mangler, they make the heavy stuff and they
play it loud, the way it should be."
Well these world weary travellers have got together and created
a band that transcends between Torche, Harvey Milk, Thin Lizzy,
Melvins based rock/metal with sublime knowing self appreciating
Bad Guys S/T album is a 9 song and 39-minute blast that you will
love from the word go or hate with an almighty passion. There is
no middle ground with this great band. You are either with them
or you’re against them.
Me - well I worship at the same holy compound as these riff
loving party sludge rock monsters worship at. All of the tracks
have a great likeability factor about them. They might not be
the most sophisticated band around but they sure are one of the
most energetic and original bands I have heard in a debut album
The way they blend Sludge, Noise, Stoner, Punk Rock genres
really shouldn’t work but these snarling punks of the world make
it work. Their debut album is a highly infectious blend of party
atmospherics sludge based noise/stoner rock. This is an album
you can dance and sing-along to with your mates and not be
embarrassed as Bad Guys include many great sing-along choruses
to shout your heart out to.
Songs like Fake Tan, Bore, Witness a New Low, Alcowhore might
not sound like songs that match the Sludge/Stoner Rock template
but they do pack a mean punch to them. The song titles give the
album an unexpected and uncompromising edge to them. If you’re
expecting comedy based tracks then you will pleasantly be
surprised. Some of the songs will leave you with an almighty
grin on your face but remember the main selling point of the
album is the riffs.
You can hear their influences through out the entire album and
it works to their favour. Hard-hitting Sludge/Noise Rock riffs
matched with Torche style harmonies will make you come back time
and time again. Bad Guys are one the hotly tipped bands to come
from the Sludge/Stoner Rock scene and it’s easy to see why.
These guys are having a blast through out their album. And you
Check out the brilliant riffs on Witness A New Low and the 8:33
minute amazing track – Hurl – to hear that Bad Guys are
excellent musicians in their own right. They just have a great
sense of humour and their main purpose is to entertain anybody
who is listening to their music or in attendance at one of their
Bad Guys are a band who put their hearts and soul into it every
time you listen to them or see them at a gig. Well they will be
doing that a lot more as both fans and audiences are going to
get bigger because of this great album.
I have been listening to this album non-stop few weeks. I
have been telling people to check these guys out as they are
the real deal. They are a true rock and roll band with no
airs and graces around them. What you hear is what you get.
Just good old-fashioned brilliant Sludge/Stoner Rock riffs,
which destroys everything in its wake.
The album is wonderfully produced and you can tell these
guys will sound exactly the same on stage as they do in the
studio. They have that loveable anti-hero alter ego we all
know and love.
Ladies and Gentlemen – Let me introduce you to Bad Guys. The
soon-to-be must see band for all Sludge/Stoner Rock fans on
the live arena. Expect big things from these hugely talented
sludge/stoner rockers in the next 12 months or so.
Awesome and Highly Recommended.
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