Badminton feature singer / guitarist Robbie Tooth, guitarist, Dominic Marshall and drummer Tom McAndrew, and things have moved on since their days under their former moniker. With tracks were picked up by BBC Introducing East Midlands, they started playing some shows around the North, quickly making a name for themselves in a very short amount of time and catching the attention of radio, press, labels and promoters a like. So much so, a small US label of the same name got wind of the band and a legal battle ensued. Out of the ashes, Badminton was born.
'Pinelight', the first track to be taken off the EP, was the first official release as Badminton, having its audio debut via John Kennedy's X-posure show onRadio X and with additional support / interview from BBC Introducing East Midlands' Dean Jackson. The band recently played a BBC Introducing show at Rough Trade Nottingham, presented by Dean himself.
'I Was You Were' - which can be viewed below - follows on, and is the next track to be taken from the EP. It's an enchanting upbeat affair; with a sweet guitar hook and reverberating drums, it sweeps you in and gets you on your feet.
They consider their music 'sad alt rock' (think The Black Foxxes, Death Cab For Cutie) but I guarantee once you hear them and see them live, you will have nothing but a smile on your face. They tick all the boxes, emotionally and sonically. Recent support slots of Glass Caves, Fickle Friends and Dirty Hit Records' own King Nun, who described them as 'absolutely sick', have confirmed this.
The whole EP was written in a very short space of time, thus it's tracks are connected to very specific feelings, making it feel like a short story or film as they are all intertwined. The EP was then recorded sequentially in one straight week to help keep this important dynamic.
Don't think of this EP as 5 downcast tracks, it's a story of hope, going through experiences, learning life's lessons and what it means to be alive.
The band continues to write and are currently working on their follow-up EP. Catch them live at a venue/festival near you this Summer. Up next they play Club Fandango & Fierce Panda presents at The Finsbury in North London on Thursday the 18th April with more dates to be announced shortly.
Upcoming Live Shows:
- Miller Music Management presents in assoc with Soho House – Monday 17th June @ The Ned, London, 7:30pm – special showcase performance
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