Bad Suns, an alternative rock band from California, formed only four years ago in 2012. 2014 saw the success of their first album Language & Perspective, especially with their single “Cardiac Arrest.” Now, two years later, Bad Suns has released their sophomore album Disappear Here, and it does not disappoint. The album pairs honest lyrics with catchy riffs and distinct vocals that could project the band into more success.
The first song and the album’s title track “Disappear Here” is a powerful song that keeps you interested throughout with varying tempos. During the verses, lead singer Christo Bowman’s vocals take center stage with limited guitar and bass in the background, however during the choruses the hard hitting electric guitar riff from Ray Libby helps to intensify the overall song.
The second track “Heartbreaker” is toned down and more repetitive but still manages to be insanely catchy, with Bowman lamenting over returning to the same girl who keeps treating him wrong. This song has a bit of an 80s vibe to it and I can easily get stuck in your head.
“Off She Goes” is the third track, and not a personal favorite of mine. It juxtaposes an upbeat tone with lovesick lyrics that are not strong compared to some of the others on this album.
However, the following two songs bring the album back to greatness. Track four, “Love Like Revenge,” is a stand out. It starts with a horn section to reel you in and an interesting rhythm keeps you listening. The fifth track “Even in My Dreams, I Can’t Win” is lyrically one of the best songs on the album because of how brutally honest it is.
The middle of the album is good but not particularly special. “Patience” has a nice message to it, with Bowman singing about how he is happier than ever before and has finally ridded himself of negativity. “Swimming in the Moonlight” is an interesting switch up for the band because it is a song about a relationship with no problems. It is one of the most positive songs on the album.
The eighth track, “Defeated,” drastically switches directions and is one of the best, most emotionally raw songs on the album. The lyrics for this song are heart wrenching with Bowman singing about how he does not want to be alone and wants to change himself to fit into a relationship.
The following two tracks are far more upbeat. “Daft Pretty Boys” is a fun song that crowds will enjoy singing along to at concerts. “Violet” is an interesting song because without fully listening, this song genuinely sounds like sunshine. However, listening to the lyrics more intently, it is about a relationship that may not be great for either person involved.
The eleventh track “Maybe We’re Meant to Be Alone” is Bad Suns most stripped down song yet. The slow percussion and simple guitar and bass put emphasis on the lyrics of this song, which is a tale of heartbreak. This song is far more honest than anything on their first album, which is what makes it one of their best.
The second to last track, “How Am I Not Myself,” is good but tough to review because it is sandwiched between to amazing songs. It has nice guitar riffs but tends to blend into the album compared to the songs that surround it.
The final track “Outskirts of Paradise” perfectly wraps up the album, with Bowman singing about running away to live life to the fullest, similar to “Rearview” which was the final song on Language & Perspective but with a better overall tone to it. “Outskirts of Paradise” gives you a nice feeling of completion for this album.
All in all, Bad Suns did a great job with their second album. Disappear Here delivers songs with catchy beats and great lyrics, all while making you feel a range of different emotions. After listening to this album, it seems Bad Suns are here to stay in the alternative scene.