Nirvana and Soundgarden may be no more, but the members of Canada’s BADGUYSWIN are here to serve up your guilty pleasure for an era of rock n’ roll that’s knocking on doors and making its comeback. Heavy driven grunge-inspired loud amps, blended with clean vocals, plentiful harmonies and driving rhythms are what fuels this Grand Forks, BC band to keep things stuck in your head for days to come! Featuring 3 out of 4 members from technical metal band Slagduster, BADGUYSWIN shows off their original roots in music, the grunge era of the 90s where they would glue themselves to the stereo for hours. The members of BADGUYSWIN also all grew up together in the same small town and have been playing music together in various ways for 15 years.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Our band news is that our debut album came out April 10th and is entitled “Cowards.” So far we haven’t been able to play many shows. We are hoping to in the future but for now we are concentrating in writing a lot of music.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Our band has been together for about three years now, but we have been playing music in different variations for over ten years.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Our original motivation would just be the love of music. Starting and being in a band is just finding a progression of sounds that you really liked as a kid, and wanting to recreate them.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
We spent the last ten years playing in a progressive metal band called “Slagduster.” Before that, we were learning instruments and jamming in various bands in high school.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Our music conveys a throwback to the 90s alternative/Seattle sound movement. Those are our major influences. We can’t help but slightly replicate that.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Have as many people who are interested hear what we have to offer. When the time comes, we would like to play as many shows as in many places as possible.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Personally I really love writing new songs. Recording can be tedious but it’s always rewarding to hear the final product. As for live shows, that’s just pure fun.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Our new album has a theme. Each song is about a character in a difficult situation in which they display cowardness. The situations range from different things from addiction, difficult life choices and situations in which they were unable to properly deal with their emotions.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
The most important thing is having a creative outlet that is 100% unrestrained. Being a musician to me is about expressing myself honestly.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
We were driving to a show in a mountainous ski resort bar. The van we were driving had bald tires, so we had to do 30km for the whole trip in the middle of a snow storm. What would have been an hour long trip took three hours. We arrived to the venue in time but didn’t consider that it was on top of a long and steep road. We managed to make it to the top of the hill but pretty well had to slide into our spot. Our park job was perfect!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
It’s no longer strange but someone always tells “Freebird” at every show. It’s not funny anymore.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Of course. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be friends or family!
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
My advice would be to keep on bettering your material. Take the time to perfect your songs. Invest your money wisely into gear and recordings, instead of wasting it on things that are purely for show. Basically don’t rush yourself.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
“Honey Bucket” is always a fun one to play live. It’s got a good groove to it and the ending always gets the crowd moving.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
I discovered Soundgarden at a very young age. Watching their videos and hearing their music made me realize that music was something I wanted to not only as a hobby, but professionally as well.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Pearl Jam, Alice and Chains, Big Wreck with us as the openers.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
We are a fairly new band so the debut album is a huge accomplishment for us. We have played a handful of great shows and hopefully there’s more on the horizon.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I would actually really like to write and voice act for an animated cartoon series!
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
I use a Mesa Triple Rectifier head through a Mesa 4×12 cabinet. I play a 91’ Gibson Flying V. Typically I just have a tuner pedal into a noise compressor, into a tube screamer. Some parts of the song require I use a Boss Digital delay.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
There’s more music than ever for people to find right now. It’s almost at the point of over saturation. On the other hand, the more options the better!
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I look mean but I’m really nice. I think.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Our new album “Cowards” is out now and is available on every streaming service. If you’re a fan of alternative/grunge or stoner rock, there’s something for you on our album. You’ll dig it.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!