What's love without a little camp? That's what bands like Nashville country-garage outfit The Bad Signs are for. The trio's Black Magic Moments EP pays tribute to 60s fringe culture with oozy steel guitars and singer Samantha Harlow's noir purr, knocking around in the seediness and hyperbole of love's darker corners.
"Love Lock," premiering on Noisey below, sounds like a lost track from a Tarantino outtake—it's a little Nancy Sinatra, a little Nick Cave, with clanging locks and chains in the background adding a touch of quease and ominousness to its otherwise sultry vibe. It's a terrific little ode to that moment when you know you're getting in deep—intoxicated and fucked up by another, and you're down for the ride.
"'Love Lock was inspired by the 'love locks' on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris," the band explains. "Couples attached padlocks with their names written on them to the bridge and throw the key in the river as a romantic gesture. Part of the bridge actually collapsed recently from the weight of them—ain't love grand."
Listen to the premiere of "Love Lock" by The Bad Signs below.
The Bad Signs on tour:
4/22 Nashville, TN - The Groove Records
4/27 Kansas City, MS - Prohibition Hall
4/28 Denver, CO - The Skylark Lounge
4/30 Boise, ID - The Shredder
5/02 Portland, OR - Dante's Inferno
5/04 Sacramento, CA - The Press Club
5/05 San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
5/06 Pasadena, CA - Old Towne Pub
5/07 Los Angeles, CA - The Mint
5/09 Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
5/10 San Antonio, TX - The Amp Room
5/11 Austin, TX - Hole In The Wall
5/12 Hot Springs, AR - Maxine's
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