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Single Review: Bad Ideas – Give Up

Bad Ideas might be a new name to me but they certainly seem to be a band on an upward curve. The Lincoln based quartet made up of Sam Cook, Dan Neale, Chris Coleshaw and Nate Davenport are steadily picking up momentum ahead of what promises to be a big 2016.

The band have been a bit quiet in terms of new music since the release of their 2014 EP The Better Parts Of You but now they have returned. That EP incidentally caught the attention of Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello who released it on his American imprint Paper + Plastick Records.

Give Up is the band’s brand new single and an autobiographical account of frontman Sam Cook’s start to a hellish year as the man himself explains;

“I started last year in pretty bad shape and was living between friends’ houses as I moved back from Leeds to our home town, Lincoln.

After New Year’s celebrations had petered out, I was sat in our bassists’ lounge feeling rough in many ways, and wrote what became ‘Give Up’, helping me to draw a kind of mental line under things.”

I think the best way that I can describe the track is just to say that it’s really, really solid. It does basically everything that you want it to do. It goes along at a good pace, the guitars have a nice grittiness to them, the hook is memorable enough and all in all there isn’t anything wrong with track. I can’t say that it has really got me out of my seat and got me bouncing off the walls with excitement about the band but as I said that doesn’t mean that it’s a band song. It’s a very, very solid effort and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

The band are also currently working on their third full length album which is set to be released later on this year so if you like what you hear below make sure to keep an eye out for that.

Tour dates:

04/03 – Brighton, Sticky Mikes

06/04 – London, Tooting Tram & Social Club

24/03- Hasselt, De Linck

25/03 – Merksplas, Zig Zag

26/03 – Tilburg, Bouwplaats

27/03 – Wiesbaden, Kreativfabrik

28/03 -Trier, Exhaus

29/03 – Kassel, K19

30/03 – Zittau, Emil

31/03 – Berlin, Cassiopeia

01/04 – Oberhausen, Druckluft

02/04 – Bielefeld, Plan B


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