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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)