Collaborations like the one Kevin Devine and Andy Hull share don't tend to take on much of an identity. Devine is a magnificently successful solo artist with a legion of fans who seem to follow his every step. As for Hull, his other band, Manchester Orchestra, is hugely successful. Surely Bad Books, the creative outlet the two musicians share, wouldn't stand much of a chance to compete with its members other bands?
In our session with the duo, we learn that's simply not the case. Andy cites Bad Books as a "therapeutic outlet". Kevin lives for the creative differences of a musical partnership. He is, after all, a guy who is used to writing 100% of the music he plays. The two musicians also so obviously get a long...they're on the same wave length in terms of music, and perhaps more importantly, life in general. So it's no surprise that after the success of Bad Books' first album, the band decided to do another collection; this one cleverly titled II. It's a collection of oh so tasty indie pop songs, peppered with carefree whistles and peculiar titles like "Forest Whitaker". In session, the band churns through three of their songs, touching on why the Bad Books identity is so damn strong. This is no one and done endeavor, obviously. Bad Books are a heartfelt, impeccably tight outfit worth getting and staying excited about.
Like what you see? Check out the band on tour this Spring:
5/04 Pavillion Stage @ Funshine Music Festival Tampa, FL
5/05 The Welmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ*
5/07 State Theatre Portland, ME*
5/09 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RI*
5/10 Main Street Armory Rochester, NY*
6/30 3rd and Lindsley Nashville, TN^
7/12 Webster Hall New York, NY
* = opening for Silversun Pickups
^ = acoustic performance