Album Review: Bad Suns – Language & Perspective
Bad Suns formed in southern California back in 2012, bursting onto the scene last year with their hit single “Cardiac Arrest”. Many fans, including myself, had their Transpose EP on repeat, anxiously awaiting a full length LP. Our prayers were finally answered with the release of Language & Perspective. Produced by Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Wavves, Trash Talk), Language & Perspective, is jammed packed with catchy indie rock hits that should solidify the band’s place among the best indie bands of this year.
During my first listen, I felt like I was transported back in time to Depeche Mode era 80’s pop. “Pretend” in particular caught my attention as something that could have come right off of one of Depeche Mode’s albums. While I’m not a huge fan of that particular 80’s sound, Bad Suns finds a way to mix it with the the current indie sound in a way that works pretty well.
I think one of the biggest draws of the album is how fun it is. From start to finish the album is the perfect upbeat soundtrack for the summer of 2014. Even after having heard “Cardiac Arrest” non-stop over the last few months, I still turn it up whenever it comes through my speakers. That earworm of a chorus constantly crawls into my head and will have me singing the song for days at a time. And, honestly, I’m okay with that.
Like many of the tracks on the album, “We Move Like the Ocean” is driven by booming drums that will have you bouncing to the beat. And yet, it still manages to be a rather mellow song that is almost hypnotic in the way it uses rhythm to draw the listener in. “Salt” functions in much the same way, drawing you in with it’s rhythmic beat and before you know it you’re dancing along in the car not caring who is watching you. “Rearview” is definitely a great choice as far as album closers go. The bumping bass line, complex guitar riffs, and overall infectiousness of the track will have you going back to the first track and playing Language & Perspective again and again which definitely fits what the band wanted for their listeners.
“We’re all huge fans of ‘the album’ as a concept; we’ve spent years of our lives writing, playing, and bringing this one to life,” Christo Bowman explains. “We wanted to create a listening experience that feels consistent, yet as if each song is better than the one that precedes it.” The hard work and dedication has definitely paid off in an album that gets better and better with each listen.