Full disclosure: I really like Bad Design. Coming out of Denton, JP Hossley and crew have taken their aggressive post-punk into an even more sonically challenging, yet pleasing, direction with the addition of new guitarist of John Gillespie. Such a shift isn’t much of a surprise, given the dynamic loudness that Gillespie’s former band, the now defunct math-rock group Dear, Human proffered to a wonderful degree.
As great as Bad Design’s Self-Titled album is, it’s hard not to see the progress that’s taken place inside the confines of their Diamonds EP.
I caught a set of their at the Bryan Street Tavern a few months ago, and was really blown away by the power of their performance, and how well Hossley’s menacing howl translated in the live setting. I left feeling as though these guys have the whole “accessible experimental” thing down as cold as a guitar-based rock band can have it (maybe there isn’t such a thing, but if there is, they got it.).
Their Bandcamp page offers both of their albums for cheap and they’re both worth well more than the price you’ll pay. Also, keep an eye out for the gig-posters they design. Along with the musical talent, their graphic talents are excellent as well.
The above poster pretty much says it all. Texas versions of Oktoberfest brews (sounds familiar), north Texas bands, and the very cool Bryan Street Tavern will surely make for one heck of a weekend party. Saturday’s bill features a rocking vibe (don’t miss the mid-day sets from Soviet and Bad Design) while Sunday’s features a practical all-star line-up of Dallas’ best country acts (read: King Bucks, Grant Jones, The O’s, among others).
Don’t miss it. The above, award-winning poster will also be for sale there. Just in time for your holiday shopping, right??