Just eight days before the release of their fourth full-length album, New Hampshire band, Badfellows drops a real teaser of a track. Out today, “Something Natural,” comes in at just over three minutes and certainly checks some boxes: it’s got that catchy af indie-rock hook, relatable af lyrics, (“all I ever wanted was some sleep / all I ever needed was some company”) and the addition of Jess Hesse’s harmonies underneath the sound of melancholic rock. Sounds like a step forward for the Manchester five-piece.
If their previous three records landed them in Manchester Orchestra, LVL UP or Rozwell Kid territory, then their most recent effort, called Good Grief puts them somewhere closer to Tigers Jaw and Forth Wanderers. Their sound and lyrics are a little more lived, a little more disenchanted. But defeatism doesn’t overwhelm. Especially combined with their penchant for storytelling, it creates an atmosphere capable of singing about subjects like isolation, self-reflection, friendship, and loss.
So, “Something Natural” seems to introduce just that. A single is a lil preview to a new record — this one previews perhaps the most natural thing: growth.
Listen to “Something Natural” and see their upcoming tour dates below. Pre-order Good Grief (out July 29th via Midnight Werewolf Records) here. Catch Badfellows play with Hemingway, Idling, and Little Lamb at O’Brien’s on Sunday, July 30th.
Record Release Tour
7/29 @ Shaskeen, Manchester NH
7/30 @ O’Brien’s. Allston MA
7/31 @ Aurora, Providence RI
8/1 @ Blind Moose, Bloomfield CT