Bad Sounds - Couldn't Give It Away

Bad Sounds

New Single 'Couldn't Give It Away'

From the debut album 'Get Better'.

“A group that stands above the rest… carving out their very own space in the often-saturated music industry.” Wonderland

“Zippy pop bang with a gently psychedelic side”
Track of the Week, The Guardian Guide

“Bad Sounds are one of the most exciting new groups in the country;a band whose myriad fresh sounds are matched by a stunning, creative, highly imaginative live show.’ CLASH

“Blending the bombastic nature of A Tribe Called Quest’s early material and the wicked storytelling of Jamie T” NME


Bad Sounds release their new single 'Couldn't Give It Away', the band's most personal track to date and a taster of what we can expect from their forthcoming debut album 'Get Better'. The track is based around loss and the following grieving period. “I hated the idea that I was getting over losing someone I cared about and felt guilty every time I caught myself not thinking about it. I don't like the goal being to 'move on' when something like that happens but it's obviously something you can't avoid" says Ewan Merrett.


Annie Mac has given ‘Couldn’t Give It Away’ its first play on Radio 1, following 5 previous Hottest Records in the World. It’s no surprise Bad Sounds are a firm radio favourite, with their last single ‘Evil Powers' featuring on the Radio 1 daytime playlist; their big pop anthems, brimming with huge choruses, hooks as powerful as gamma-ray bursts, and inspiring lyrical messages, bear (loud) repeated listening.


Bad Sounds release their debut album ‘Get Better’ on 17th August on Insanity Records. This sonic self-help manual exploring death, anxiety, friendship and more is a guide to not just getting through life, but living it to the max.


The album features the singles ‘Wages’, a song about juggling work and chasing dreams of pop stardom; ‘Evil Powers’; and ‘Avalanche’, a snapshot of everyday life told via true stories about the Merrett brothers’ friends. The album is co-produced by Callum and Ewan and James Dring, and mixed by Ben Baptie.


Bad Sounds have also announced their biggest headline UK tour, including a show at London’s Heaven venue in October. The band’s live show is becoming a word-of-mouth sensation as they turn every show into a full-on party, creating a colourful subversive experience for the audience.


Ewan and Callum Merrett started out on different musical paths before Bad Sounds was born. Ewan made hip-hop beats and played with samples, while Callum was working in recording studios and obsessing over the music of Michael Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Beck and Flaming Lips. Combining their different loves, Bad Sounds are conjuring their own unique pop magic.


Fri 3- Appletreegarden, Diepholz, Germany
Sat 4- Watt en Schlick festival, Dangast, Germany
Sat 18- Rize Festival, Chelmsford
Fri 24- Reading Festival, Reading
Sat 25- Leeds Festival, Leeds
Sat 1- Bingley Music Live Festival, Bingley
Sun 18- Corona Capital, Mexico City, Mexico


Weds 24- Norwich, The Waterfront
Thurs 25- London, Heaven
Fri 26- Bristol, SWX
Sat 27- Leicester, The Cookie
Sun 28- Manchester, Gorilla
Tues 30- Glasgow, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
Wed 31- Leeds, The Wardrobe
Thurs 1 Nov- Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Fri 2- Liverpool, O2 Academy Liverpool
Sat 3- Brighton, The Haunt