Although Bad Books’ self-titled debut album is barely a month old, and the band, itself, is less than a year into its existence, the members are old souls on the indie music scene. Since 2002 native New Yorker and one of Bad Books’ front men, Kevin Devine, has been releasing solo albums… in fact, between 2002 and 2009 he has released five studio records, and several more EPs and live albums. Now with Atlanta-based Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull in the picture, the result is the band Bad Books. When you take two very confessional and eloquent songwriters, combine their music history, and add four more talented musicians you get the type of debut album that Bad Books has created.
Dabbling in both upbeat pop and more lo-fi ballads, the album is ten songs total. As if weaving a neatly crafted basket, five songs are by Devine and the other five are by Hull – a division of two parts creating a whole that could not have existed so fluidly without the other. While you can hear the difference between the two lead singers as they take turns in writing and melodically vocalizing their lyrics, the contrast between their efforts and obvious personal musical influences is only just another key factor in the delicious result.
Bad Books will be doing a mini-tour this month and next, with shows mostly in the Southern US and California. After you watch Kevin Devine sing acoustic below, you’ll absolutely want to be sure to see them live.
By: Amanda Chatel
01 Dec: Cats Cradle, Carrboro, NC
02 Dec: New Brookland Tavern, West Columbia, SC
03 Dec: The 567, Macon, GA
04 Dec: The Social, Orlando, FL
05 Dec: The Orpheum, Tampa, FL
15 Jan: The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA
16 Jan: Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
“Mesa, Arizona,” acoustic by Kevin Devine: