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The Bad Signs serve “vintage Tarantino vibes” on new single “Love Lock” via Noisey

STREAM: “Love Lock” –
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VIDEO: “Blue Love”

Nashville’s The Bad Signs are releasing their new EP, Black Magic Moments, as an official Record Store Day exclusive on April 22. In the meantime you can hear “Love Lock” via Noisey, or watch their video for “Blue Love.” They’re also heading out on tour soon – full updated list of tour dates are below.

Noisey had this to say about “Love Lock”; “(It) sounds like a lost track from a Tarantino outtake—it’s a little Nancy Sinatra, a little Nick Cave, with clanging locks and chains in the background adding a touch of quease and ominousness to its otherwise sultry vibe. It’s a terrific little ode to that moment when you know you’re getting in deep—intoxicated and fucked up by another, and you’re down for the ride.”

Brainchild of guitarist Nat Rufus, The Bad Signs are a seedy tribute to the fringe culture of 1960’s America – the beatniks, the beehives, the bikers, the whole scene.  After ten years touring with twin brother and songwriting partner Rob Rufus in the punk rock band Blacklist Royals, inspiration struck as Rob took time off the road to edit his memoir, Die Young With Me (Simon & Schuster) which was just released yesterday.

“I got the idea from this old black and white photograph,” says Nat.  “It was from ’67, just two teenagers on a motorcycle, but I wanted to start a band that sounded the way that photo looked, you know?  Like vintage rebel youth.”  The twins enlisted alt-country mainstay Samantha Harlow on lead vocals, roundly praised by Rolling Stone, CMT, and America Songwriter – her haunting performances brought something unique and critical to the group.  “She has a fragility to her voice that creates a sense of captivated unease… it’s like the sound of another time.”

So put on your shades, zip up your leather, and let your love light shine – because square is nowhere, and this is it.

The Bad Signs’ new EP, Black Magic Moments, was named an “official release” of Record Store Day 2017 – these exclusive 12” vinyl are backmasked with subliminal messages that conjure spirits when the album is spun backward.  Rob’s book, now a bestseller, recently won a 2017 National ALA Award and will out in paperback this spring.

Photo by Emily Beaver


4/22 Nashville, TN – The Groove Records
4/27 Kansas City, MS – Prohibition Hall
4/28 Denver, CO – The Skylark Lounge
4/30 Boise, ID – The Shredder
5/02 Portland, OR – Dante’s Inferno
5/04 Sacramento, CA – The Press Club
5/05 San Francisco, CA – Hotel Utah
5/06 Pasadena, CA – Old Towne Pub
5/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Mint
5/09 Phoenix, AZ – Yucca Tap Room
5/10 San Antonio, TX – The Amp Room
5/11 Austin, TX – Hole In The Wall
5/12 Hot Springs, AR – Maxine’s

The Bad Signs
Black Magic Moments 12″
[Number Nine Creative Cult]

Release Date: April 22, 2017 (Record Store Day!)

1. Blue Love
2. Love Lock
3. Hypno-Twist
4. Nine Lives
5. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis cover – vinyl-only)