BAD OMENS

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RIGHT, THEN. TELL US EV­ERY­THING WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS LOT…

Chal­lenge ac­cepted.to say that Bad Omens hit the ground run­ning would be some­thing of an un­der­state­ment. Last year, the Los Angeles alt. rock quin­tet re­leased their de­but sin­gle The Worst In Me and notched up a stag­ger­ing 800,000Youtube views within a month. “i’ve had an in­fi­nite amount of faith in the band since its ear­li­est days,” says front­man Noah Se­bas­tian. “we were so ex­cited and it felt good to see it pay off and not just get brushed un­der the rug like a lot of first re­leases do.”

SUMERIAN RECORDS IS HOME TO ASK­ING ALEXAN­DRIA AND STRAY FROM THE PATH. HOW DID THEY HOOK UP WITH THE LA­BEL?

The band’s story ac­tu­ally started some 2,600 miles from LA, in the city of Rich­mond, va. as a teen dis­sat­is­fied with his home­town band, Noah struck out on his own. “i left that band and di­rected all my free time to­wards a new project,” says Noah. “i re­cruited some friends of mine and we got an of­fer from Sumerian be­fore we even had a band prac­tice!” Sumerian’s hunch was cor­rect; their self-ti­tled de­but is a melt­ing pot of an­themic nu-metal and melodic met­al­core, shot through with at­mo­spheric touches which would have Trent Reznor nod­ding along. It’s heavy as you like but crawl­ing with ear­worms. Check out Glass Houses and we defy you to not have it in your head for days after­wards.

OKAY THEN. PRE­SUM­ABLY THEY’VE TOURED A FAIR BIT AL­READY?

Well, the five-piece al­most risked burn out from the de­mands of the road dur­ing their first year. “it was pretty tough,” the singer ad­mits. “by the end of our tour with Ask­ing Alexan­dria, we re­ally didn’t feel like friends any­more.we had a dis­cus­sion about it, took a month off and went back out on tour with At­tila, Cane Hill and New Years Day.we had a blast and things got back on track in a real pos­i­tive way. Since then, we’ve been on Warped Tour and to Europe, and ev­ery­thing is still ex­actly as it should be.”

WE SEE THEY’RE BACK IN THE UK THIS WEEK, AF­TER PLAY­ING IN JUNE…

Yep. De­spite leav­ing the sun­nier Cal­i­for­nian climes in the sum­mer, the band’s first visit to this rain-lashed rock will live long in their mem­ory. “we were in to­tal awe at how many peo­ple would come out to our shows,” says Noah. “it’s pretty clear at this point that we have a larger fan­base on this con­ti­nent, which isn’t the worst prob­lem to have – ex­cept for how much I hate fly­ing. It’s not at all lost on us how dif­fi­cult it is to suc­ceed in the mu­sic in­dus­try and we don’t, and never will, take it for granted. we’ve wanted to break the band glob­ally since day one, so it gives me con­fi­dence we’re off to a good start.” Just a bit.

“WE WILL NEVER TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED…”

(L – R:) Nick Fo­lio (drums),vin­cent Riquier (bass), Joakim Karls­son (gui­tar), Noah Davis (vo­cals), Ni­cholas Ruf­filo (gui­tar)

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