We caught up with Chris from Vancouver-based trio Bad Pop to discuss their up-coming headline London show!
HELLO BAD POP. WE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR SHOW AT THE SEBRIGHT ARMS! TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR STORY... WHEN AND HOW DID YOUR BAND COME TOGETHER?
I, Chris, have known/played with Catherine for a long time. We played in various line ups of Hot Panda together. Catherine knew Aaron from Vancouver, but as a group we all met for the first time in Winnipeg when we were touring with different bands. Our drummer was leaving the band and Aaron was looking for another project when he got back to Vancouver, so we shared some pancakes and decided to Jam when we all got home. The rest is history. Actually, it's more like the rest is the present.
WHY THE NAME BAD POP? WHAT HAPPENED TO HOT PANDA?
When the three of us started making music together the stuff we were creating didn't feel like Hot Panda. It felt, louder, more aggressive, higher energy. We debated it for a while, but ultimately it felt like a different project so we decided to be a different band.
IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU DRAW INFLUENCES FROM LOADS OF DIFFERENT GENRES. YOUR MUSIC HAS A LOT OF ENERGY AND IT'S CERTAINLY REFRESHING TO HEAR! WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT?
We had a fun game on our last US tour. We took the NME top 500 albums of all time list and chose albums from that to listen to. As a result we listened to stuff we wouldn't have heard otherwise.
WHO PLAYS WHAT PART IN YOUR SONGWRITING?
It all happens pretty organically. There will normally be a small nugget of a song that gets brought in. We'll all jam on it until it becomes something cool. I'll normally start singing melodies that start out as gibberish and slowly narrow in on fully formed ideas after time, It'll sometimes take hours or months, totally depends on the song.
WHAT SONGS OF YOURS SHOULD WE BE LOOKING OUR FOR?
'Other Spooky Is' is probably my favourite song to play live. It rocks pretty hard and goes over really well. Masculism is fun, at least for me, Catherine plays bass and trumpet at the same time in it so it might be a little more difficult for her. We also have been ending the set with 'Message From The President" which is like 6 minutes of intense chaos. We improvise and jam a lot in it. It feels like it's on the verge of completely falling apart a times, but we always find a way to bring it back to the groove.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOUR SEBRIGHT ARMS SHOW ON 18th MAY!?
It'll be our second time playing in London and our first as headliners. We will make it a show. There will be a beginning and an end and it'll be intense. We hope everyone is ready to have to a great time, because if they're not we'll make them.
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING THE GREAT ESCAPE THIS YEAR?! YOU'LL HAVE LOTS OF FUN.
We're really looking forward The Great Escape. We hear it's a great festival and that Brighton is amazing. We have a lot of friends that will be there for the festival as well, so I predict it'll be a booze fueled weekend where we get to play a couple of really fun shows!
WE'RE BIG FANS OF YOUR BAD POP ARTWORK - IS THAT A SNAPCHAT FILTER?
Thanks! We took a photo of myself with a green mask on underneath my glasses then took a close up picture of my mouth and superimposed it on the green. It ended up looking off kilter and slightly disturbing. If a snapchat filter could do that also I wish someone would have told me! It would have saved us a lot of work.
Details for the show are below:
18 - The Sebright Arms, London
Don't miss out on seeing one of the most exciting bands on the scene.