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Australia’s favourite barnstorming five-piece Bad//Dreems are back with their latest single ‘Double Dreaming’, the first taste of what to expect from their forthcoming album due out October this year via Farmer and the Owl, and today they announce a string of headline shows this July in support of the new single.

Since its release ‘Double Dreaming’ has been racking up playlist features across all streaming services, picking up airplay across community radio stations, and receiving an add on triple j. 
Debuting their latest release to audiences across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Brisbane, along with fan favourites, get in quick to witness ‘Double Dreaming’ live for the first time!

Bad//Dreems head to the UK in June for a number of headlines shows and two opening sets for Midnight Oil.

The Adelaide five-piece have always had a way with a terse pub rock riff, and this new single is no exception, but it’s the way Ben Marwe paints, well… snarls an absurdist portrait of wokeness, identity politics, white privilege, and explosive visuals.” .

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On their debut album Bad//Dreems have taken the spirit of the Australian underground of decades past and the isolation of living in a small rural town and made it sound very familiar to this city living kid.

Right from its you just know this album is going to be a keeper; packed with tales of love, nostalgia and loneliness making it easy to relate to, but it’s the tongue in cheek, critical looks at Australian culture that make this album stand out. Dogs At Bay is a love letter to everything Australiana. It is also half an hour of shouting and air drumming for sure.

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For their debut album, Bad//Dreems, the country’s best (and only?) purveyors of “outsider rock” worked with legendary producer Mark Opitz (The Angels, AC/DC, Cold Chisel), updating the “Oz Rock” template of working-class romanticism for a whole new generation. For the most part it’s thematically kept within arms-length, with vocalist Ben Marwe wearing his heart on the non-existent sleeves of his blue Chesty Bonds. An approach of front-foot assertiveness adapted equally for heartache (“used to love her, now it’s fucked”) and hatred (“you’ll never take me, ya dog”), with his guttural vocals slicing through the slickness of the stadium-ready production. Quintessentially Australian without any shades of cultural cringe.

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Bad Dreems are from Adelaide. There’s no time to wallow in the mire. If you do you’re just gonna get sucked away. Bad Dreems know this. That’s why they got together the summer before last. Scratch the surface here and you find another world, far removed from the leafy inner suburbs. The empty jail on the edge of the city. A decade long bikie war. The Family. This is the weird murder capital. The weed capital. It is this world, constructed or not that Bad Dreems attempt to capture in their debut EP, Badlands.