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    Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:12:05

    Spotlight On Badflower: Why You Need to Clean Up To "Soap" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

    Los Angeles rock outfit Badflower brings a driving, dirty charm to their new single “Soap.” In fact, it’s the perfect kind of riff-driven anthem that rock ‘n’ roll needs far more of, and that’s why we’ve chosen Badflower as this week’s “Artist Spotlight.” The group has garnered a lot of critical acclaim since first breaking out in the City of Angels’ scene in 2013. “Heroin” seized #1 on KROQ’s Locals Only, while their kinetic live show led to a deal with Hundred Handed—also home to Coheed and Cambria as well as Stars in Stereo. However, Badflower really blossom on their own.

    The distortion feels utterly rapturous when bolstered by booming arena-size beats and a starkly searing vocal delivery from singer and guitarist Josh Katz. As a unit, the band—Josh, Joey Morrow, Alex Espiritu, and Anthony Sonetti—especially lock in during the refrain. They’re like The White Stripes with balls or the reincarnation of Led Zeppelin II-era Zep siphoned through Seattle grunge. It’s that good.

    For as killer as “Soap” is, it’s also just a precursor to the band’ forthcoming new EP. The songs should be announced soon, and this single hints at a rather explosive body of work. Lyrically, the group aren’t afraid to get bombastic either, infusing a distinctly cinematic storytelling style into the music. This is everything you’d really hope modern rock to be. They could be the band we’ve all been looking for.

    For now, watch the “Soap” video…

    Rick Florino

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