Bad Love

FRESH: ‘Cashmere Tears’ – Bad Love

Bad Love get “Cashmere Tears”

We’ve been following Manchester ‘boy band’ Bad Love this year intensely with their superb brand of 80’s retro synth pop for the 2020’s and it began with their debut “More Than Friends” and then came the sublime “A Place For Me”, so we were delighted when we heard the foursome had released a follow up with “Cashmere Tears”. And this continues the thread of retro sounding, heavy synth, mid-tempo pop Art with a capital A!

“Cashmere Tears” is a tale of star-crossed lovers, a story of watching someone who used to dream big, convicted to the repetition of ‘sad-suburbia’ by a toxic relationship that somehow always pulls her back in. Creature comforts become safety blankets and slowly, their creativity is suffocated and they stagnate. You watch them lose the spark of who they used to be whilst they nostalgically daydream of a better life.

Andy Gannon of the group told us: “For me, ‘Cashmere Tears’ is a song about how the security of home can hold you back. It’s a story of a girl who’s been stuck for too long in something that’s never been good for her. About how if you want more out of life you need to go and get it before you lose your for it spark. The idea of missing out on life has always given me a huge anxiety, The thought of missing out on life scares the shit out of me. I can’t think of anything worse than waking up one day and wishing I’d done things I knew I should’ve”.

Written, self-produced and mixed during lockdown, “Cashmere Tears” is Bad Love’s first release through internationally acclaimed label AWAL; home to Lauv, Girl In Red, Gus Dapperton and Finneas, positioning them firmly as one of the next big things for alt-pop. We love em and hope with this and their previous releases, the boys can improve on the already expanding interest in them and their music from far and wide. We just cannot wait to hear more and who knows what will come from their new deal…?(!)

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!