Finally, here’s an authentic, hard rock track that possesses serious balls in an otherwise nearly neutered aural wasteland. Badflower are a kick ass band from LA who seem too young to have integrated such classic, bulletproof rock influences into their high energy sound, but just listen to a few bars of “Soap” (see what I did there?) and tell me you don’t want to high-five them all around for delivering a wildly contagious burst of melodic noise that only continues to grow on you with repeated listenings.
This performance clip not only showcases drummer Anthony Sonetti’s righteous Pink Glitter Drum Shells, but demonstrates that Badflower can deliver the goods live, which is what you want. Lyrically, “Soap” has its finger on the pulse of what is going on, as singer/songwriter Josh Katz explains, “‘Soap’ is inspired by a social experiment I saw online. It followed a girl around the city and recorded multiple men cat calling her, and I thought it was interesting how something so insulting could be socially acceptable. The song is an oversimplification of the culture of male dominance and disrespectful behavior. I wrote the song from the perspective of that type of character – I enjoy writing about bizarre human tendencies, especially ones I don’t agree with or understand.”
Aurally, I love the way that “Soap” builds a slow-rolling intensity that favorably calls U2’s “Bullet The Blue Sky,” while rocking hard enough to crack a skull. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!
If you’re headed to SXSW, I recommend that you check Badflower out while you’re down there:
March 17th at Austin, TX @ Bat Bar
March 2oth at Grand Prairie, TX @ South By So What
Mar 21st at Austin, TX @ Bat Bar