Badflower is here. On Friday, the Los Angeles-based four-piece released its debut album, OK, I’m Sick, via Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, after a few months of anticipation and promotion (and heavy SiriusXM rotation of their breakout single, “Ghost”).
But while “Ghost” — a good song in its own right, with a dour overall tone and somber lyrics concerning mental health and depression — has its own style, it’s not exactly representative of the variety of sounds the band has at its disposal. Throughout OK, I’m Sick, Badflower try a number of approaches.
Whether in the aggressive, in-your-face album opener “x ANA x” and its fast-talking, guitar-whipping frenzy, the dream-like and haunting “We’re In Love,” or the somber and tragic (and extremely catchy) “Daddy,” Badflower’s music has a wide array of emotions that are at the forefront of nearly every track.
And that’s before even describing “Die,” a song with chugging, nearly nu-metal riffs and lyrics concerning the current state of the U.S. and its political spectrum. “You think you’re righteous, your body and soul/Your faith in Jesus, but no self-control/And if deplorable is moral because it’s what you’re told/Then take your Bible and swallow it whole,” sings Josh Katz defiantly at one point in the track. On this one, the band is definitely not afraid to draw a line in the stand and express itself as clearly as possible.
Also taking a firm stand is “Murder Games,” an uncensored critique of the meat industry and how we as humans treat (or mistreat) the animals we consume as food on a regular basis.
That concept of taking a stand is really at the core of OK, I’m Sick. From references to self-harm and depression and mental health to expressing discontent with the state of things, the guys in Badflower aren’t lacking when it comes to motivation.
These lyrical themes, carried out by vocalist/guitarist Josh Katz, pair with music that touches in the aforementioned areas of nu-metal, alternative and indie, its omnipresent and almost grunge-y dissonance about to resonate with fans from all corners of the “rock” music genre.
Simply put, Badflower demonstrates a wealth of versatility on OK, I’m Sick, and it’s sure to bring the band even bigger audiences as the year rolls along. They’ll probably do just that on their upcoming tour playing with Shinedown, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Broken Hands.
Stream the album below, via Spotify or Apple Music:
Badflower has a number of headlining tour dates up on its website before joning the Shinedown tour this summer. Those dates:
June 21 The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
June 23 Simpsonville, SC @ CCMB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park Simpsonville *
June 25 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre *
June 26 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *
June 28 Holmdel, NJ @ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center *
June 29 Westbrook, ME @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row *
July 1 Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion *
July 3 Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion *
July 5 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts *
July 6 Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview *
July 9 Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach *
July 10 Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion *
July 13 Detroit, MI @ Riff Fest at DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 14 Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
July 18 West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre *
July 20 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre *
July 21 Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre *
July 24 Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center *
July 26 Kent, WA @ accesso ShoWare Center *
July 27 Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *