Ears Wide Open: Bad Suns



When we first spotted Chris Bowman, it was 2006 and he was playing in band called Blackout. He was playing a scuzzy power-pop original titled “I Don’t Want to Grow Up,” which seemed perfect. After all, he was 11. Fast-forward to 2013, and Bowman and pals Miles Kottak, Gavin Bennett and Ray Libby – still in their late teens – are Bad Suns, and they are looking and sounding a lot more grown-up. Their crackling radio rocker “Cardiac Arrest” was recorded at Infrasonic Studios with producer Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Aloe Blacc, Trash Talk) and reveals a sensibility far beyond the band’s years. Which goes to show you, it’s not whether you grow up, it’s how.

||| Stream: “Cardiac Arrest”