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Alternative & Indie - Released March 22, 2019 | Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 16, 2016 | Vagrant Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 22, 2019 | Epitaph

On their third studio effort, Southern California's Bad Suns dial back some of the Moz-inspired mope, and allow a bit of self-improvement to creep into their clean-cut post-punk/synth pop emissions. As opening tracks go, it's hard to imagine that anything other than the aptly named "Away We Go" had a chance. Bright, punchy, and so sugary that if it had any teeth left it could've been a Ramones song, it sets a fairly high bar for the remaining 12 cuts. While Mystic Truth manages to sustain its newfound sense of optimism, "Away We Go" feels a bit like a sonic outlier, with the guitars taking a backseat on more electronics-forward, though no less confectionary highlights like "Miracle a Mile Away," "Love by Mistake," and "Hold Your Fire." Leaning harder into the Phoenix end of the indie rock spectrum, there are still some fun, left-field, trad-rock moments to be had, like the tasty cello that slides its way into the Beatlesque "Darkness Arrives (And Departs)" and the "Champagne Supernova"-channeling climb into the stratosphere that concludes the seismic closer "Starjumper." New disposition aside, not too much has changed for Bad Suns since they arrived on the scene in 2014. Having established themselves as a singles band on previous outings, Mystic Truth delivers another handful of meticulously polished gems that will be sure to find their way onto a future career overview or greatest-hits collection. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2015 | Vagrant Records

Southern California's Bad Suns debuted their angsty yet catchy rock sound with the four-song EP Transpose. The bandmembers were all in their late teens and early twenties at the time of Bad Suns' 2012 formation, but took cues from the wizened, world-weary sounds of post-punk luminaries like the Cure and Elvis Costello when writing their earliest compositions. Transpose was recorded with producer Eric Palmquist, who had previously worked with artists as wide-ranging as Trash Talk and the Mars Volta. The vibrant production highlights the quartet's knack for hooks, especially on the slinky midtempo groove of "Cardiac Arrest." The EP precedes a debut full-length, slated for release sometime later in 2014. ~ Fred Thomas
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 9, 2016 | Vagrant Records

Alternative & Indie - Released August 22, 2016 | Vagrant Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 30, 2016 | Vagrant Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 1, 2014 | Vagrant Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2014 | Vagrant Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 1, 2014 | Vagrant Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 16, 2016 | Vagrant Records