The Bads – is a vehicle for the musical escapades of Brett Adams and Dianne Swann. Created under the fiery skies of Waitakere, Aotearoa - New Zealand.
The Bads released their 4th album Losing Heroes on July 7th 2017, becoming a Taite Music Prize nominee.
The album charted at #4 on the first week of release. They have just completed a successful national tour to support the release with glowing reviews for both the album and live show.
This adds to an impressive catalogue: The Bads, (2005’s Earth from Space, and 2009’s So Alive, and 2013’s Travel Light – which reached #3 on The NZ Music Album Charts) The song and the album So Alive were nominated for the Best Country song and album in 2010.
In 2015 the band headlined a show this year at Waiheke Jazz festival, embarked on a 14 date national tour, and then travelled to Nashville accepting an impressive invitation to perform at the revered Ryman Auditorium. They returned home to NZ to headline a sold-out show at the l Rotorua Museum.
The Bads performed at WOMAD 2014 as “Tim Finn and The Bads”, and collaborated with Australian legendary songwriter, Don Walker in a series of shows. The Bads have opened for Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Joan Armatrading, The Swell Season, The Jayhawks and Rodrgio Y Gabriela. At the end of 2014 the band were invited to Melbourne to play support for Rodriguez.
Summer of 2016 was dedicated to writing new music, and those tunes were recorded on and off through the winter months with Ben Edwards at Sitting Room Studios in Lyttelton. The album Losing Heroes is due for release on July 7th 2017. The first single and video was released in June 2017.
Dianne and Brett are skilled music producers and have produced music for several TV Series, including Homegrown, Hunger for The Wild and Coasters. They have had songs feature in films and TV shows in New Zealand, Australia and the US.
Alt-country/ folk darling Kendall Elise was born on the wrong side of the tracks in a town called Papakura. She has a breathtakingly beautiful voice that is offset by her often dark and personal lyrics. Her music is slow burning, foot stomping, and everything in between.
She was a finalist in the APRA Best Country Song category at the Golden Guitar awards in Gore for a song that was, quite literally, a killer. Heart Full Of Dirt is a dirty slab of honky-tonk rock'n'roll about an oppressive romantic partner meeting up with some rough justice, the chorus a singalong murder-ballad classic: "I'd love you so much more if you were dead".
The video features a newly liberated Elise driving around in a fur coat with a female friend and a suspicious rolled-up carpet in the boot of her car.