Out September 21st, Tell No One is the debut full-length by Washington, D.C.’s Bad Moves, recorded at Philadelphia’s Headroom Studio by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along).
Sharpening the themes of the band’s 2016 self-titled EP, Tell No One is a power pop album whose 12 songs balance brashness and vulnerability, volume and tenderness. Collectively, the songs tell a story about self-discovery in childhood: exploring how intense emotional moments often arrive before we’re old enough to understand them, and how those regrets and revelations ripple into adult life.
While the songs are personal, the arrangements are crafted to avoid centering any specific narrator. Instead, Bad Moves speaks in a collective voice, chanting in unison and swapping lead vocals between members. For the band, it’s a way to get around the idea of a frontperson — but more than that, it highlights how even the most personal story can touch something universal
On Tell No One, those stories are often rooted in unease: New thoughts, desires and feelings come to light only to be quickly hidden away. The music, however, is far from moody: Bad Moves explores discomfort in the spirit of moving forward, creating a dialogue between past and present selves, all communicated via perfectly tuned power pop.
Bad Moves is Emma Cleveland, David Combs, Katie Park and Daoud Tyler-Ameen. Formed in 2015, the band has since toured the U.S. and U.K. alongside Jeff Rosenstock, Nana Grizol, The Spook School and Martha. The members also appeared as animated characters in a 2018 episode of the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek.
September 21, 2018
Change Your Mind
Spirit FM 02:19
Give It A Shot
Out Of Reach
Shut Your Eyes