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Albums Of The Week: Bad//Dreems | Hoo Ha!

The Australian pub-punks are in fierce, fine fettle on their fourth full-length, cranking out hard-rocking riffs and decorating them with unflinching, blackly humoured lyrics.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Drawing on their myriad strengths and influences for album No. 4, Bad//Dreems have emerged from the morass of these past few years to deliver one of their most immediate, vital, and confident records to date in Hoo Ha!

Recorded at Melbourne’s Soundpark Studios in early 2022 with Dan Luscombe (Drones, Blackeyed Susans) on production and Andrew ‘Idge’ Hehir in the engineer’s chair, Hoo Ha! finds the Australian pub-punks in fiercly fine fettle, cranking out the hard-hitting riffs and decorating them with frontman Ben Marwe‘s unflinchingly honest, blackly humoured lyrics.

fans were given a taste of Hoo Ha! in mid-2022 by way of Mansfield 6.0, which touched on anti-lockdown protests and the 2021 Victorian earthquake, before following things up with Jack, a passionate track which spoke to Australia’s deliberate erasure of Indigenous history and identity.

Photo by Mclean Stephenson.

“If the truth is going to be told, then white Australia will have to listen,” lead guitarist Alex Cameron said.

Having spent 2022 embarking upon widespread touring, including a trek throughout the Northern Territory, Bad//Dreems have entered their new era with a newfound sense of confidence; the confidence to express what they want, to sound how they want, and to speak up about what matters to them.

More than 10 years into their career, Adelaide’s Bad//Dreems have an energy that most bands rarely manage to attain. Passionate, powerful, and pertinent, Hoo Ha! Is a sign of what’s to come for the group, and an indication that things will never lessen in intensity. “We’re in this for the long haul, and we don’t ever want to start going through the motions,” Cameron notes. “Nor do we ever want to stop.”


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