Before he became potentially the greatest American filmmaker of the last 50 years, Terrence Malick made Badlands
. A fictional re-imagining of the Starkweather murder spree from the 50s, Badlands
was Bonnie and Clyde
stripped of all of the romantic/aesthetic allure of Arthur Penn's now iconic film. It stripped away the veneer of the "bad boy" and the women that fall for them by studying the psychological damage of both and the destructive behavior those sorts of relationships result in. And on their new track, "Bad Man" (feat. RosieMay), Michigan hard rockers KING 810
have crafted a powerful contemporary meditation on both the allure and truth of the "bad man."
We're stoked to have the official premiere of "Bad Man" -- from the band's upcoming record, that place where pain lives...
, due out 10/30 -- which finds a balance between Nick Cave-esque murder ballad and Johnny Cash style simmering alt-country (ala his "covering Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt'" years). But the track wisely creates a sonic and vocal contrast between the almost menacing male vocals with the gorgeous female vocals of RosieMay which also adds a lyrical element to the track capturing a woman's perspective on this ageless question.
And that was certainly intentional as KING 810 frontman Gunn attests: "Last year we recorded some 25 songs for the Memoirs sessions. Some of the pieces I'm most proud of didn't make the album. "bad man" is one of those songs. After Memoirs was released, I'd heard this UK singer/songwriter named RosieMay, whose voice struck a chord with me. I'd written the song with a female part in mind. We were lucky enough to meet and ultimately record together."