Published Aug 13, 2007In two years, Halifax, NSs Be Bad have disseminated their broad strokes of coarse, rash explosions via short-run seven-inches and North American tours but the jaws of Be Bads vast pulsations are now gaping open and baring their teeth with the bands first full-length, Vision Correction. Though it clocks in at less than 30 minutes, theres an expansive quality to this album thats a testament to Be Bads no fear approach when it comes to flailing outside of the margins. Trailing into exploratory deconstructions by playing around with tunings, even getting improvisational at one point, Vision Correction is a masterpiece of self-contained destruction. Recorded in three days after two months of near daily rehearsals, Be Bads Tobias Rochman compares the 12-hour days that went into this record to desperation or obsessive compulsion. But its also about variations. "Rat Race is a blistering freak-out that shoots a reckless dose of devastation early on, while "(Ive Got No) Positive Vibrations concludes the album like a grinning provocation, taking a more straight-ahead approach but still careening way off the rails. Combining the primal and the cerebral, Vision Correction shows Be Bads many facets while delivering an uncompromising, massive sonic attack.
What were the big challenges in making this record?
Rochman: We did an improvised song ("Battledick). That was a pretty big challenge because we didnt know how it would turn out. We had a day that we knew we were going do something that was a little unknown. We did a show in Kingston a couple years ago and it was on this condemned road and we had bought a Theremin and we had a generator. We had kind of joked around that Battledick would be our band name, and this song is sort of referencing that.
What do you think this album conveys about your band?
The first seven-inches were just kind of like an overwhelming attack but I think this one shows something more versatile. I dont think well be pigeonholed as much.
Was there any specific boundary you wanted to push?
Were expanding. Weve been doing it for so long and weve spent so much time doing it. Some people have lots of bands and side-projects and they push their preferences and tendencies into these other bands but we sort of have an anything goes policy where every idea is okay and we just go for it. (Divorce)