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Introducing... Bad Business

Bad Business may have been birthed out of an attempt a comedy web series, but they have grown into an alt-rock infused arena pop banger-producing band since then. A growth that hasn't been without it's problems as the lead singer, Alex Vans, will explain in great detail below. Whilst it would appear that they already have their image settled they even go as far as wearing suits on stage. It's a great idea and I think they might just be your next cult favourite band. So read on for more chat regarding working in an office, creative processes and a lot of boat-talk...

Question. Why did you decide to name the band 'Bad Business'?
Bad Business:
The name Bad Business came out of a comedy web series I made with my old stoner rock band when I was living in Washington, DC. (If you're interested in this relic, you can find it here.)  The premise was a bunch of failed musicians trying to act like "businessmen" in order to become famous. We wore three piece suit…

Pusha T - Daytona (Album Review)

King Push, a persona he bestowed upon himself, is probably one of my favourite rappers. A flow and a sound that harks back to the golden era of hip-hop along with punchlines that hit so hard they could knock out Ali in his prime. This is the first album to come from Kanye's Wyoming residence, something that has seen him make two albums of his own and produce 3 others. This is the first of that work overload to be released and what a way to start the series. 
The album opens with "If You Know You Know" the title reminds me of Biggie for some reason, must be that line from "Juicy". Nonetheless, this is Pusha in his prime and this song is just the start of it, with a flow better than anything I've heard in the past 5-10 years. This carries on throughout the rest of the album and it's just so clear that this thing has a Yeezy stamp on it with the wild synths and the obscure samples that work so perfectly well mixed into rap anthems.

And that is something I…

Caswell - Everyone Knows (Track Review)

So it's been a while hasn't it! Time has just gotten away from me and I haven't posted in a while - which means I've missed the time frame to review Caswell's new tune. But I'm going to review it anyway because I feel the need to spread the word and the work.

Everyone Knows is more of a solemn, melodic and harmonic tune than we saw on Caswell's EP "The Shadow Aspect". I think it shows a progression for the young Suffolk based artist, because the ability to slow down your tune and yet still make something so anthemic is the sign of a great songwriter. Sticking with the theme of love but detaching herself from it, assessing it from the outside and yet still getting sucked in to produce an outburst of personal feelings.

As per "The Shadow Aspect" the sound and mixing is so wholesome and so warm, it's hard not to fool yourself into thinking you're listening to a ready-made superstar. I can't quite fathom the tunes that Caswell w…

L-Space - Backup Baby (Track Review)

L-Space are teeing themselves up for an album, Kipple Arcadia, which will be released in september. I guarantee that it will sound just as majestic as these singles do and "Backup Baby" is no exception to that rule. With Lily's (Lead Singer) vocals sounding as iridescent and melodic as ever, I love that she takes a softer tone on this song, it really amplifies the power of her voice and ultimately it becomes the most powerful instrument throughout this song.

It feels like everyone of these L-Space reviews goes one way and that's me praising them non-stop - but I genuinely have nothing bad to say about the band. And everytime I listen to them I fall more in love with Gordon's keyboard playing, he's the unsung hero of the band but he's also been there from the start and he's just as deserving of praise on this tune because he draws melody in and spurts out a tune that has evolved their sound, more removed from their spaced out tune "Aloe" but…

Sunflower Bean - TwentyTwo In Blue (Album Review)

I’m sure there a lot of people out there who believe that Fleetwood Mac are the greatest band of all time, you wouldn’t shock me at all if you told me that it was the majority. Although it probably isn’t. And you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t love at least one song on Rumours, it’s undoubtedly one of the greatest albums of all time. This doesn’t mean that they needed to be flat out copied, which is basically what Sunflower Bean have done.

I wasn’t a big fan of their first album, it was indie pop with no personality and it was quite draining just listening to it. However, after hearing “I Was A Fool” I was hyped for this album, with lead guitarist on vocals as well I was looking forward to hearing how they would contrast the two of them, unfortunately though, they didn’t.

In a funny turn of events, my favourite song on this album is actually the biggest Fleetwood Mac ripoff. “Burn It” traverses skilfully and smoothly through the song, ramping up the ante with every singl…

Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys (Album Review)

It’s very easy to be fooled by some of the bass heavy beats on this, or the cool laid back tones of songs such as “Rockstar” but there is genuinely nothing special about this album. But it’s not terrible. Strange, I know, but hear me out. This is very listenable, you can put this on with your mates around and it just sits in the back around, it doesn’t mean anything and I think Post Malone knows this secretly.

It’s the lyrics I have the biggest problem with, no imagination or personality has gone into any of them, they mean literally nothing. For example, my favourite tune on this album is “Psycho” do I know what it’s about? Absolutely not, he just speaks about trusting no one, humble brag after humble brag and a sweet melodic beat to match. But then again I had such a fun time listening to this album, and I have revisited it when I have no idea what I want to listen to this is just easy to slap on whilst I decide.

I think the track “Over Now” sums up everything that is wrong with thi…