Written as an ode to mothers everywhere, Los Angeles-based duo Bad Wave are back with their synth-infused single ‘Good Son’. The duo have previously topped the Hype Machine chart and achieved over a million streams in 2016. We spoke to Patrick Hart and Tucker Tota about their history and hopes for ‘Good Son’.
You think people just want the upbeat stuff, but nobody has even mentioned that to us.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you all to forming Bad Wave?
When we started the band we’d been friends for several years and had made a bunch of music together in different projects. But these Bad Wave tracks seemed to get good feedback and was working in a way that other projects didn’t. So we dropped everything else and focused on Bad Wave.
Who did your take inspiration from?
We’re very different in our musical tastes. But I think we both like music that toes the line between experimental and mainstream. We try to inject that in our songs as much as possible. A catchy chorus but with a string arrangement and weird lyrics.
Why the name ‘Bad Wave’?
The music came first and we were stuck with the question, “What do we call it?”. There’s a phrase in Chile, where my family is from, “Mala Onda” which means bad vibes, but literally translates to Bad Wave.
How would you describe your musical style?
Maybe trying a little too hard to be interesting
What do fans get at your live shows?
Our recordings have a lot of production and layers upon layers of sounds. But we play live as a three piece with no backing tracks. So it’s a totally different experience from listening to the recordings. We try to keep it punk rock and focus on the energy rather than everything sounding perfect.
Your previous single ‘3AM’ topped the Hype Machine chart, while ‘Runaway’ peaked at two. How ready were you for their success?
Those highlights were surprising for sure, we’d each been making music for a long time and had never gotten any real recognition. It gave us the confidence to keep going with the project.
You achieved over a million streams in 2016 as well as featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist. How did this motivate you?
It’s nice to know people like your stuff. Maybe one day it’ll get to our heads, but we’re still humble, I think.
What are the landmarks you’re aiming for now?
Putting out a concept album.
Your latest single is ‘Good Son’. What’s it about?
I think parents love their kids more than the kids love their parents. Which makes sense from evolution’s standpoint, but it’s still kinda sad to me. That’s the basic idea of the song.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
Oh man, I don’t remember. This is one of those songs that got released like a year or more after we wrote it. Some songs you write and you get to share it with the world quick, this was not one of those.
How does ‘Good Son’ build on your style?
It’s a slower song, we’ve never really done a slow song. You think people just want the upbeat stuff, but nobody has even mentioned that to us. So it seems it was a bigger deal to us than the audience.
What are your hopes for ‘Good Son’?
To make everyone call their moms after they listen to it.
Do you have more music to be released this year?
Yes. Hopefully four or five more singles.
Where can we see you live in 2018?
Nothing booked at the moment unfortunately. We’re holding out for the right opportunities.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band this year, what would it be?
Our band is heavily invested in bitcoin, so I hope it skyrockets and funds our next tour.
Listen to ‘Good Son’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to the Bad Wave Facebook page.