Bad Buddy come out with guns blazing on their fierce single and video Hunters — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest highlight from the Edmonton punks’ self-titled album, the ferocious track was also a musical turning point for the group, as singer-guitarist Emily Bachynski explains.
“At the time of Bad Buddy’s inception, we were all thoroughly fermented in folk music,” she recalls. “The scene was dripping with it. I bought into this. I had been convinced that, if you were going to be a solo artist — especially a female artist — you just sort of had to play acoustic folk tunes until you choked. I didn’t even listen to folk music, but I sure wrote and played a lot of it through my shitty solo project that I weakly tried to pound into something remotely palatable. It was so unnatural for me, and Bad Buddy is the polar opposite. Nothing against folk music, it’s just not meant for me. Bringing Hunters to our first rehearsal felt like a big stretch after a long, cramped car ride. We all met up in my basement as ‘not exactly strangers’ but also ‘not quite friends.’ I think I played the song once through for everyone before we all looked at each other as if to say, ‘All right, let’s fire this baby up and see what she can do.’ ”
“That first rehearsal I was kind of nervous, wondering what I had gotten myself into,” guitarist and vocalist Andi Vissia adds. “I had never played electric guitar, and any acoustic performances were reserved for campfires and at kitchen parties. Playing in Bad Buddy really gave me the room and confidence to be creative on a brand new instrument, in a brand new genre, and Hunters was the kickstart of it all.”
Hunters, much like the rest of the album, is gritty, primal, dissonant, and unsettling, a stark juxtaposition to the tight-as-can-be three-part harmonic explosions. “The song definitely holds a place near and dear in my heart,” Bachynski says. “It’s simple, but it unleashed a fury in each of us. It was so satisfying to not have to sing ‘pretty’ or be ‘pretty’ or be … anything for anyone but ourselves.”