What: Lovely Bad Things
When: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230
More info: hi-dive.com
The Lovely Bad Things just set out on tour in support of the Orange County band's second punk-meets-pop rock LP, The Late Great Whatever. We gave Camron Ward a call to talk about the new record, why playing live is more fun and the garage shows they throw at home.
So the new album just came out this week. Feeling good about it?
We're all really, really super excited about it. We worked really hard on it. It's out and people seem to like it, which makes it better.
Do you feel like it's very different from Shark Week?
With Shark Week and everything, when you start being a new band you don't necessarily calculate everything out. It's really quick. Anything can be a song. I think, with this one, we worked really hard to make sure what we were crafting was something that we were going to be completely happy with years from now, you know what I mean? Where we felt like the writing process was more mature and thought out. A lot of it, too, was not necessarily based on -- a lot of people take influence from bands and we do to, but this time around we were getting more in-depth than just us being super huge geeks.
I read a Pixies comparison somewhere, and certainly critics can trace anything back to perceived influences, but what do you think?
Sometimes that stuff comes up accidentally. The Pixies comparisons -- we're huge fans of the Pixies. I wouldn't deny that. We love the Pixies. I think a lot of people tend to, for critics at least, it's easier to lump a band into a specific category and a specific sound. It's easy to reference and it almost gets their job done quicker ... It's easier than having to really go and pick it apart and really break it down. I think it's just one song, you know. It's the song we released as our single. But when you do that to a band, I think a lot of people will automatically think that every song sounds like that and we try really hard to make every song different.
I would imagine a band like yours enjoys playing live more than sitting in a studio trying to get everything just right.
We all enjoy playing live way more. I mean, we like the recording process, but we're all really horribly affected by ADHD and in the studio some of us are just running around in circles ... We're having more fun live, so it's easier to bounce energy off the audience and have a back and forth. We tend to like to play in front of people more. We find it to be more fun and we have a blast, and I think that comes across pretty simply. We always try and make it worth everybody's while, whether it be free, whether we're sick or if they're paid any kind of money whatsoever. We're gong to go above and beyond.
Do you still have the Lovely Bad Pad?
Yeah. You're not the first person to ask about it. We never really thought that it was a thing that people would ask us about later. We literally had nothing to do in our city ... It's a tiny town. It's horrible. It's boring. So we decided to throw shows at our house and let everybody do what they want, just drink to oblivion or whatever, and it was free. It ended up becoming something more than we thought it would be.
That reminds me of the '80s punk scenes in the suburbs around D.C. and L.A.
We have a very deep aesthetic-based thing with the old punk scene and stuff. We always make sure we're supporting our friends and supporting our community and what's going on in Orange County. We just like to provide things like that for people to have fun. It's what we love to do. We've always loved doing things on our own and cultivating something that people can be a part of, because it's very rare that you see that any more in the music or in any large-scale community.