Australian Music Is Bloody Great: Bad//Dreems

Australian Music Is Bloody Great: Bad//Dreems

Bad//Dreems' Ben Marwe walks us through some of his top Australian picks

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Amrap’s national radio show Australian Music Is Bloody Great features Australian artists presenting their favourite recent Australian music. Australian Music Is Bloody Great’s previous hosts range from Dune Rats to Sampa The Great to Phil Jameison.

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Written by Joshua Kreusler

Emerging from Adelaide in 2012, Bad//Dreems give classic the Australian pub rock sound a psychedelic twist and dystopian vision. Their latest album, HOO HA! delves into the absurdity of a post-truth world through the filter of suburban ennui. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Marwe walks us through some of his Australian picks on Australian Music Is Bloody Great.

C.O.F.F.I.N - Cut You Off


This band came into our orbit over the past few years. We met [C.O.F.F.F.I.N] at Ninchfest, down on the coast in Victoria. We have a played with them numerous times now. They have toured the world with Amyl And The Sniffers. They are an incredible live band with lots of energy and power; loud guitars and immediacy. They also have a drummer who sings, which is always a bonus. Love this song and look forward to seeing what they do next.

Floodlights - Lessons Learnt


I'm happy to say that I have seen this band go from their first single to where they are now. Miles, our drummer, was on them very early. He sent me their first track, Nullarbor, years and years ago and we, as a group of musicians and creatives, were blown away by them. It has been amazing to see their trajectory. They keep on rising like a good cake in an oven. Their latest album is incredible and they are great people. This song is a real earworm, I find myself singing the chorus all the time around the house, annoyingly so.

Martin Frawley - This Is Gonna Change Your Mind


Martin is a prolific figure in Australian music. I don't really know him personally, I have just tracked his music since his time with Twerps in the 2010s era. He has had a big influence on us as songwriters and has accomplished quite a bit in music here and around the world. This song is an immediate Australian classic. [It has} some help from the talent that produced our latest release, Dan Luscombe, who plays on this track and it is a bit of a lineup of heavy hitters. Enjoy.

Ripple Effect Band - Walaya


Ripple Effect Band are an all-female reggae/rock group from Maningrida in Australia's top end. It is a remote community from Arnhem Land, which we were very fortunate to have visited last year on our trip through the region whilst playing to the community with our friends the Black Rock Band. This song refers to a beautiful seaside cliff area which we were also able to see. I can confirm that it is certainly beautiful, this song is also beautiful and I think you will like it.

Bad//Dreems - See You Tomorrow


This is from our ne album called HOO HA! I hope to see you at a show soon, we'll be onthe road at the end of June with shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Bad//Dreems Tour Dates

30 June Fri - Brisbane

1 July Sat - Sydney

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