Formed late 2019 in Stoke On Trent, Alt-Pop band Bad Love combine the cinematic allure of new-romantic icons like The Cure and Tears For Fears, with the heartfelt and anthemic pop-hooks of artists like The 1975, LANY and MUNA.

Here’s what Andy from Bad Love had to say when we got the chance to ask him a few questions.

Growing up who was your musical influences?
“It’s a real eclectic mix I think, for me it swung bands like The Killers and the Strokes to bands like The Cure and The Smiths. I suppose both sides of it inform what we do as a band in the sense that; we’re adore bands who are cool as fuck bands, but that still write pop songs”

Where do your idea for songs come from?
“I try to use writing as a bit of a cathartic experience to be honest, so I tend to talk a lot about love and heartbreak. But I’ve also had a bit of a battle all my adult life with anxiety and depression. And maybe in the past i’ve tried to not talk about how these things affect me so much personally. But the more people I speak to the more I feel I have to be heart-on-sleeve, so I definitely try to use Bad Love as a vehicle to talk about how it affects me”

Describe your music in three words. 
“Sad Boy Pop”

Any funny/interesting gig stories?
“We have plenty from the past, very few of the good ones are appropriate to tell without a few drinks in us first!”

What would you say the music scene is like where you’re based?
“Well we’re from Stoke-On-Trent and the scene there is brilliant, it’s hugely supported by the Sugarmill and the killer team there as well as by our BBC introducing. It’s got a very supportive community feel to the scene though, even though we’re a smaller city there’s so much going on. We’re also really involved in the Manchester scene which is amazing and has so many talented artists, it kind of speaks for itself!”

Can you tell us about the new music you have released? 
“Our debut single More Than Friends is out Feb 14th which is Valentines day. It’s very personal and it’s a song about heartbreak and unrequited love. I guess it’s very heart on it’s sleeve and maybe has a kind of sad boy anthem vibe. You tell me!”

Do you have a favourite venue?  “The Sugarmill in Stoke, absolutely!”

Can you tell us about your music?
“This first single is obviously our first foray into the bringing people into the Bad Love world and I think the idea I always want people to connect with is that: whatever you’re feeling, it’s okay to feel that way. If you’re in love and want to say it, if you’re heart-broke and you don’t know what to say, if you’re battling with depression or you just don’t feel like you belong in the fucked up world run by bigots and liars – it’s all cool, you’re not alone and there are so many people who feel exactly the same way you don’t”

Any other gigs coming up?
“We have our debut show supporting the boss Paris Youth Foundation in at Off The Square in Manchester on February 20th, it’s gonna be a banger so hit up our socials to get a link! And after that we’ve got a few things already planned out but nothing we can announce just yet!”

Plans for 2020?
“We’ve got tons of songs finished so you’ll be hearing alot more, we’ve got music videos, more shows, festivals and all kinds of mischief we’ll be up to!”

By Siân Parker