BAD VEINS - THE MESS REMADE

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BAD VEINS - THE MESS REMADE

New drummer, new label, and new music…big changes for any band and only the most resilient artists can navigate that kind of change. Cincinnati’s Benjamin Davis is one of those artists and The Mess Remade introduces a new chapter for his band Bad Veins.

When drummer Sebastien Schultz left Bad Veins fans wondered what would become of the band. Davis could have continued as a solo artist or developed a totally new concept, but his search for a drummer led him to Jake Bonta and Bad Veins remained a duo. Davis and Bonta soon hit the road, on a tour quickly named the #newjaketour, and their onstage chemistry was evident from the start. Bonta is enthusiastic and fun-loving behind the drum kit -- the perfect complement to Davis’ introspection and musical maturity. The duo has been working hard ever since to bring Bad Veins fans new music.

The Mess Remade is a remastered/re-worked version of the 2012 release The Mess We’ve Made. The Mess Remade is an alt-pop album with Bad Veins signature string arrangements, beautiful piano and synth melodies, and energetic percussion. The lyrics and vocals are intimate on tracks like Doubt and Kindness, and soaring on Don’t Run and Child. Longtime fans will find the songs familiar with subtle differences from The Mess We’ve Made. A sweet cover of the Muppet’s classic Rainbow Connection, and brand new song I Shut My Heart Down close out the album.

I Shut My Heart Down is a highlight and a tease of what we might hear on their next full-length album. With a mix of upbeat and tender moments The Mess Remade will leave new and old fans alike eager for Bad Veins next chapter.

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