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Bad Suns began their musical career when Christo Bowman and Gavin Bennett first met in seventh grade. The two near-lifelong musicians eventually linked up with Ray Libby and Miles Morris and spent their teenage years working their way through the L.A. music scene. After dropping a demo off in the mailbox at alt-rock radio station KROQ, Bad Suns saw their breakthrough single "Cardiac Arrest" played on the famed Locals Only radio show, and quickly landed a record deal. The band then made their debut with the 2014 EP Transpose, and soon widened their following by hitting the road with bands like The 1975.
LA-based Bad Suns are back with a third full-length album Mystic Truth. Newly signed to Epitaph Records, Bad Suns found the making of Mystic Truth to be especially charmed. "Recording this album was like a never-ending dream - there were times when it felt like we were pulling songs out of the air," he says. One of the most memorable moments for the band took place on a writing trip in Palm Springs, during which they stayed in a mid-century dome house overlooking the nearby wind farm. "We were playing late at night and looking out at all the stars and the windmills, and 'Hold Your Fire' just came out of nowhere, which felt really special," Bowman recalls.
Over the years, Bad Suns have invited those bursts of inspiration by endlessly opening themselves up to new ideas, often by immersing themselves in art or literature. That approach undeniably shaped the emotional undercurrent of Mystic Truth, an album both intimate and universal in scope. Bowman notes, "When you're able to unite people through music, even if we're all coming from totally different circumstances and different places in life - to me that's one of the most intense levels of connection you can possibly have."