Badflower brings style and blunt to Albuquerque

Badflower is set to open for AWOLNATION on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the historic El Rey Theater in downtown Albuquerque. (Courtesy of Jordan Wolf Bauer)

Badflower are back to challenge their audience through confrontational music.

The rock outfit is currently opening for AWOLNATION and the two are making a stop in Albuquerque on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the historic El Rey Theater. The Mysterines should be the first act of the bill.

Badflower have been on a heavy tour lately, but mostly as headliners, so an opening was well received by the band.

“This is the first support tour we’ve done in, I mean, four years,” lead singer Josh Katz said. “It was easy for us because it’s a shorter set, less pressure.”

Although Badflower won’t be headlining this tour, the band are dedicated to maintaining the energy and lyrical openness that have built a loyal fan base in recent years.

Katz said fans “can expect the same passion you hear in the songs, but also a level of unprofessionalism that I think is refreshing. We changed the setlist every night. … C is spontaneous and fun.

Badflower emerged onto the rock scene with their debut studio album, “OK, I’m Sick”, released in February 2019. Powered by direct lyrics dealing with sensitive topics, the album was named one of the top 50 albums rock of 2019 and reached a peak position of 10 on Billboard’s US Top Alternative chart the same year.

The band’s 2021 release, “This Is How The World Ends,” offers fans that same candor that sometimes pushes the boundaries of comfort, but remains accepted by listeners looking for an emotional connection – and a fan base. Growing is a laudable endeavor for Badflower.

“Injecting someone with what we do into their veins is our goal,” Katz said. “It’s definitely a slower and more difficult process, but it’s more beneficial to be that kind of band that makes a real emotional impression on people.”

With over a million monthly Spotify listeners, Badflower’s sound and style maintains a solid reputation, and its progress is due in part not only to their modern reflection of the emo and grunge genres, but also to an expressive connection similar with his audience.

Katz said his lyrics are derived from different processes.

“Some of it is very personal, some of it is told in the second person, it’s very indirect, but it’s something I have a certain level of experience with, and then some of it. between them are totally fictional and just outrageous and funny. It’s a bit of everything,” he said.

The music and art have been seen by some as a relief as society emerges from the pandemic, and while many fans find a bittersweet relationship in Badflower’s music, Katz wants the music to have a greater impact.

“I think it could play a big role and be very useful for people, but I don’t know if people are able to accept that right now,” he said. “It’s too chaotic for that right now. … My goal, as a person who makes art, is to want it to help people in some way.

People have found solace in music since there was a figurative bond between musician and listener, but, and excuse the cliché, it takes two to tango. Listeners must be ready to accept and absorb the art if it is really going to have an effect, especially when a shared mentality is present.

“Artists are also protected…and people who try to make music that’s challenging and challenging, nobody really cares because nobody trusts them,” Katz said.

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