Cover Art Courtesy of Big Machine/ John Varvatos Records
NASHVILLE, TN (August 6, 2021) – Los Angeles-bred and Nashville-based BADFLOWER dive straight in with their signature core-rattling tones on “Don’t Hate Me” off their highly anticipated sophomore collection THIS IS HOW THE WORLD ENDS, due September 24 via Big Machine/John Varvatos Records. “Don’t Hate Me” hinges on a push-and-pull between palm-muted guitar and a chantable chorus. It culminates on a breakdown where lead singer and songwriter Josh Katz’s inner dialogue screams out before final strains of piano taper off. Listen to the track here: https://badflower.lnk.to/donthatemePR.
“It’s a lot of self-awareness,” Katz explains. “On the bridge, there’s a meta dialogue where I explain how I’ve changed my entire life and appearance to make somebody else like me more. I think I have experienced versions of trying to be something else for someone else throughout my life, I think everybody has.”
Beauty blooms from discomfort. The second we squirm at the utterance of a lyric or the echo of a guitar chord is the moment we learn about our limits and, perhaps, make a change in our lives. Badflower aren’t afraid of making anybody uncomfortable. The chart-topping Rock quartet— Katz, Joey Morrow [lead guitar, backing vocals], Alex Espiritu [bass], and Anthony Sonetti [drums]—siphon stress, sleeplessness, sex, sadness, mania, pain, and truth into revelatory alternative anthems. Katz’s quivering confessions seep into climactic distortion and, like any good rush, you need more.
After forming in 2014, Badflower dropped two EPs before sending shockwaves throughout rock with their 2019 full-length debut, OK, I’M SICK. LoudWire hailed it among the “50 Best Rock Albums of 2019,” while the singles “The Jester,” “Heroin,” and “Ghost” vaulted to No. 1 at Rock Radio. The latter also certified GOLD by the RIAA, won iHeartRadio Music Awards Rock Song of the Year. Along the way, they garnered further acclaim from Nylon, Alternative Press, Music Connection, and Substream Magazine and performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden as well as Last Call with Carson Daly. They’re the rare act who can ignite a crowd at Kaboo Del Mar or Sonic Temple while also sharing bills with the likes of Cage the Elephant, Ghost, Nothing More, Shinedown, Soundgarden, and more. Thus far, they’ve also gathered over 280 million streams and counting. For more information and tour updates visit Badflowermusic.com.