Single review: 'Hurricane' by Bad Love

Tom Moorcroft takes a look at the recent track from Manchester indie-band Bad Love

Tom Moorcroft
9th May 2020
Manchester: home to some of the most exciting and influential bands to grace the UK. We might think of The Smiths or The Cure, but we can also think of more recent bands that have emerged in the last few years, such as Larkins or The 1975. One of these bands inspired by the Manchester music scene, alongside a desire for creating real and sincere music, would be Bad Love, hitting the music scene with hopes of making their mark on British music.

Their new single ‘Hurricane’ is set for release on 14 May, and is bound to be another amazing track to grace their discography. It’s narrative, based on the impact which new love often has on someone's mind, is a tale as old as time, and the lyrics should connect with many of their listeners. 

“When you’re so intoxicated by someone new, you’re so acutely aware of every nuance of your relationship. You can’t get them out of your head. It’s about how that hurricane of feelings is like a montage in your head”.

Andy Gannon, Frontman of Bad Love
Source - Alive Network

One of the first things I thought of when listening to the track would be how raw, yet dreamy, the music arrangement sounds. It reminds me heavily of a ‘1975’ sound, with a wide range of FX used on their vocals and instruments, but their raw and natural sound still punches through.

The lyrics speak of the ambiguity of modern relationships, and how when you’re often speaking to someone at the start, it’s the perfect blend of scary and exciting. These lyrics are accompanied with heavy-synth vibes with an indie-pop backbone.

I managed to have a quick conversation with Andy Gannon, the singer, front-man and producer of the band, to ask him my burning questions….

How have you, as a band, adapted to the stresses of COVID-19?

Well I'm the main songwriter for the band, so I've been spending loads of time writing new songs and finishing the productions off for the rest of the years releases. It's been difficult not being able to just hang out more than anything on happiness level. But we have a weekly video call and all speak on the phone pretty regularly.

Luckily we filmed a video for our new single 'Hurricane' the week before lock-down, otherwise we'd have nothing to go along with it! But we've been working on some isolation live sessions from home so they'll be coming out real soon too! I think it's all just about trying to all stay positive and take the time to be focused on what you want to do next

The next track you’ll be releasing, ‘Hurricane’, is set for release on 14 May. Can you give us a sneak at what it’s about? The narrative of the track?

Yeah sure. 'Hurricane', for me, is a song about how you can get so swept up in the seductiveness of new love. When you become really infatuated by someone you get tunnel vision and no one else in the room is there. It's about how it can quickly go from late night chats and and being worried if they think you're cool or whatever, into getting drunk calls declaring love and you can't get them out of your head

If you could pick any band, modern or past, to go on tour with, who would it be and why?

A modern band would have to be LANY, Paul Klein is a bit of a hero of mine in a way - lyrically and in his effortless coolness. If we could go with anyone then probably going on tour with [The] Cure would be amazing, there's a ton of videos of them touring in 90s that i'm obsessed with!

How would you describe Bad Love to our readers?

Bad Love is sadboy pop.  It's about wearing your heart on your sleeve, being real and making art that stands for something. It's cinematic, kinda like trying to make 90s pop songs, with 80s instruments, to be the soundtrack to some classic teen romance movie.

Source - Joe Berisford

You can catch up with all the latest news regarding the band on their socials, available here!

With wide-release on all popular streaming sites set for 14 May, this is a band with an exciting future ahead of them. But don’t take it from me, stream ‘Hurricane’ and see for yourself!

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AUTHOR: Tom Moorcroft
Head of Sport for The Courier. Current 3rd year English Literature and History student. Love writing about sports/music, playing the guitar and Everton FC!

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