I’ve always been a single person…well, at least musically. Guns ‘n Roses’ “Patience”? Tape single. (Actually, two of them…7th grade birthday party fail.) “More Than Words” by Extreme? Had my first kiss to that tape single, which I manually flipped every 4:14 seconds. Only took around seven plays to get Jon McConnell to finally kiss me, a feat he performed most likely to stop the annoying strains of Nuno Bettencourt. (HIS NAME WAS NUNO??) With a handful of exceptions – The National, Frightened Rabbit, Bon Iver – I usually get hooked by a song from a band, buy the entire album, and then listen to a few songs on it. 

So it’s especially noted when an album comes along that I like in its entirety, as I do with Bad Veins’ much-anticipated release, “This Mess We Made”. It officially came out today, but I’ve had it for a few months and have been counting down the weeks until I could feature it on my site or add a song to my mix. I’ve heard the new tunes performed live twice in the past few months, and the energy that Benjamin Davis & Sebastien Schultz bring to a live show is infectious. (Seb has actually broken a cymbal on stage – twice – from his performance.) Their first album was strong but this, THIS is a whole new level. The first song – “Dancing on TV” – is a catchy ditty that has you tapping your feet and finding yourself humming the tune all day. “Don’t Run” is my current favorite, though “Chasing” often wins top billing on my near-daily listen. It’s unique in that the lyrics affect me (and I find myself quoting them) but don’t interfere with the music so that it’s one of the few albums that I can listen to on repeat when writing. 

Check it out; you can stream the album on Spinner for the next week, and by then it’ll be in your rotation that you can’t imagine not purchasing it in its entirety (Spotify & RDIO for you cloud-dwellers)…which is also how it deserves to be consumed. 

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