Nearly 11 months after the release of their EP, New Ghost/Old Waves, La Mirada-based garage/punk rockers The Lovely Bad Things are back with a new full-length album and their second overall, The Late Great Whatever, which will be released on Feb. 26 through local labels Volcom Entertainment, with cassette duties being handled by Burger Records.
Produced by Jon Gilbert in the studio built and run by Crystal Antlers' frontman Jonny Bell, The Late Great Whatever continues with the punk, DIY sensibilities that the band has been known for. If the first song released, "Fried Eyes," is any indicator of what's to come, then fans of the band have a lot to look forward to. Featuring a Pixies-meets-Sonic Youth sound a splash of surf punk, in addition to their usual to some humorous pop culture references that stretch across the board (there are a couple of Star Wars references, BigFoot is on the cover, while there's a shout out to legendary wrestler Randy "Macho Man Savage"), The Late Great Whatever could be the album that propels the band to a wider audience.
Formed in 2009, Brayden and Camron Ward, Tim Hatch and Lauren Curtius have come a long way since they first met in high school. They've already been lauded by us in a Locals Only feature and by our sister paper, LA Weekly, who called their debut one of the best releases of 2011.
The band will be hitting the road in support of their album, culminating with an appearance at South-by-Southwest in March. Below are the tour dates:
Jan. 13 Los Angeles, CA – The Bootleg Theatre (w/ PAPA)
Feb. 05 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (w/ Wires on Fire, Cosmonauts)
Feb. 12 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (w/ Red Onions, Death Hymn #9)
Feb. 17 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (w/ Dirt Dress, Summer Twins, Aquadolls)
Feb. 26 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo (w/ The Shrine, Audacity, Denny & the Jets + special guest)
Mar. 02 San Diego, CA – Bar Eleven*
Mar. 05 Denver, CO – Hi Dive*
Mar. 06 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall*
Mar. 07 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews*
Mar. 08 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Mar. 09 Chicago, IL – Ace Bar*
Mar. 10 St. Louis, MO – Firebird*
Mar. 11 Nashville, TN – Stone Fox*
Mar. 16 Austin, TX – The Jackalope (VolcomEnt SXSW party)
* w/Denny & The Jets