ALBUM REVIEW: Bad Suns – Mystic Truth

Release Date: March 22nd 2019
Label: Epitaph Records


After two cracking albums in their 2014 debut ‘Language And Perspective’ and follow-up ‘Disappear Here’ in 2016, Bad Suns established themselves as one of the most solid, albeit under-appreciated indie rock acts of modern times.

Having recently left Vagrant Records, the only label they’ve been with since their inception, to join Epitaph, one with a slightly heavier pedigree of bands, some may have feared a change in sound. Fear not, as the Los Angeles boys aren’t mixing things up too much on their third effort ‘Mystic Truth’, at least not without it being a great success.

Single ‘Away We Go’ proved slightly divisive to a few fans on social media, as it somewhat distances itself from the groove-ridden indie of the previous singles, and instead opts for a driving rock melody that pounds on and on throughout. Despite some being unsure initially, the track serves as a staple example of the band’s ability to mix timbres and tones and while still retaining the trademark Bad Suns sound.

Another thing you can count on the quartet delivering is some almighty memorable hooks. Their previous two records were packed full of the slickest, silkiest melodies that infectiously embed themselves to the inner most parts of your brain, and the same can be said for this LP too. ‘A Miracle, A Mile Away’ rubs together subtle bass grooves and ambient, gentle electronics across a glorious chorus, while ‘The World And I’ pairs glittery vocal melodies with driving instrumentation. The truth is, like their previous works, Bad Suns can’t fail to write catchy a number.

Tracks like ‘Love By Mistake’ and ‘Howling At The Sun’ call back to the band’s previous releases, matching chopping, technical guitar and bass work with snappy drum beats in dynamic indie-funk fashion. Elsewhere, ‘Hold Your Fire’, ‘Separate Seas’, and ‘Starjumper’ strive for expansive tones, harnessing harmonies, electronics, and more use of pianos – both being aspects that crop up consistently throughout the record – to bulk up the momentousness of choruses. The latter, a ballad-like driving symphonic conclusion to the album, rings of grandeur and emphatically closes the album.

‘Mystic Truth’ is a record that shows Bad Suns continuing to deliver great indie-esque anthems, but this time, they’re tinged with an added depth of electronic nuance and buzzing rock. If this is the first you’ve heard of the LA outfit then get listening, ’cause this is what you’ve been missing out on.