BAD TIMES: Why Are All the Kids Are Crying?: CD

Nov 13, 2013

Not to be confused with the Jay Reatard/Eric Oblivion supergroup of the same name, these boys are from Denton, Texas. Which, we all know (you do know, don’t you?) has birthed some incredible talent. This Bad Times emulates a bit more Wipers or Sebadoh than the Marked Men, but it isn’t far removed from our Denton heroes, either. The songs are upbeat, but a little darker than the garage stuff the city is known for. Vocals that are pronounced and monotone, rather that blasting catchy “nah-nah-nah’s,” if you get where I’m going with that. Still, there’s a power pop edge sneaking in there. I’m sure they own Boys and Plimsouls LPs. Ten consistent jams, with the opening track “Mormon Recovery Program” being the strongest. The production is incredibly slick. To the point where you can hear every note played and drum hit perfectly. The songs are great, but I’d be interested to hear what Mark Ryan, Orville from Bad Sports, or one of the Wax Museums (recorded in “Billy’s Room”) could make their record sound like.

 –Steve Adamyk (Self-released)