Published Apr 29, 2015Toronto's Good Bad Kid are set to unveil their debut album No One Sees the End next week, but you can give it an early listen at Exclaim! right now.
Fronted by Juno Award-nominated songwriter and producer Andrew Rodriguez, the four-piece aim to deliver a modern twist on classic pop. Influences from the greats like John Lennon, Ray Davies and Harry Nilsson trickle through on the collection, giving a vintage-sounding tinge to the group's fresh approach.
Opener "Country Wife" shows off the band's twangy rock'n'roll side, while "Still in Love, Still in the City" toys with string arrangements and dreamy vocals not unlike late-era Beatles. "Adventures in the Dream" is an apt title for a track that features lullaby-esque plucking and sweetly psychedelic vocals. There are soul-tinged numbers, as well, like the groove-heavy "The Reeds and the Rushes" and "Alive in the Night Time."
But despite the range in sound from gentle, acoustic, borderline ballads to the upbeat grooves, and back down to bluesy roots music like that on album closer "Roomful of Strangers," the LP is held together by Rodriguez's ability to craft universal pop songs.
No One Sees the End is due out on May 5 via Exit Sign Music, and you can hear the beginnings of a bright new band by listening to the record now, in the player below.