They’ve put in the hard yards at countless pub gigs and now Bad Dreems have progressed to the big-time circuit including the Falls Festival
Adelaide rockers Bad Dreems spent years playing rowdy pub gigs and underground basements, creating sweaty chanting pits of energy and beer.
Now, they’re playing the biggest stages around the country, including Byron Bay’s Falls Festival over New Years.
While guitarist Alex Cameron will always love those gritty shows, he says there are significant perks to playing major stages.
“On one hand it takes stress out of it, you just rock up and everything’s organised, you just have to get up and play,” he says.
“When it’s your own gig there’s more organisation in promoting, selling tickets, organising the backline – so that’s definitely a plus.
“And it’s an opportunity to broaden your fan base. People walk by and like what they hear and they gravitate towards where the goodness is coming from.
“So a festival like Falls can definitely open you up to new bands and music.”
Playing multi-act line-ups also means they get the opportunity to be punters.
“The other great thing is getting the chance to watch other bands,” Alex says.
“With big festivals like Falls there are international bands you’ve almost got a once in a lifetime chance to see, like Fleet Foxes and Liam Gallagher.
“And usually your friends’ bands are there and again you don’t get a chance to hang out – everyone’s usually coming and going or touring at the same time. I think the artists enjoy it as much as the crowd.”
Who wouldn’t want to be a fly on the wall when bands party with other bands? Alex says the rocker lifestyle is all a part of the job.
“You’ve gotta keep it together a certain amount, especially when there’s travelling involved and a tight schedule, you can’t be missing flights, but hopefully we’ll have our s--t together,” he says.
“Everyone’s pretty used to their limits, it’s all a part of touring. But often the best shows are the ones where you’re feeling under the weather, your inhibitions are a bit lowered.”
Alex says his crowds keep him entertained.
“I always find myself smiling at what people are doing in the crowd,” he says.
“The way people are dancing or drinking out of their shoe.
“Almost every show someone gets onstage – there’ll be four security guards at the front of the stage and someone somehow picks a route that dodges them all.” Bad Dreems play at Falls Festival Byron, NYE 2017. For details go to fallsfestival.com
Hard rocking band Bad Dreems will be among the acts at Byron Bay’s Falls Festival.