ASHRR – “Bad Reasons”

Sometimes, the road to a new record can be long and tedious, like watching a sausage dry until we can eat it. Reasons for that vary: being a total...
ASHRR - Bad Reasons
ASHRR - Bad Reasons

Sometimes, the road to a new record can be long and tedious, like watching a sausage dry until we can eat it. Reasons for that vary: being a total perfectionist, utter lack of inspiration, changes in the band’s lineup, a pandemic… Your pick.

Thus, when songs start shaping up and you feel you’re going somewhere, it’s a very exciting time. And when you’re trying to immerse your music in a new style, it’s even better.

This was the case with many bands, in general, and with L.A.’s ASHRR in particular. The pandemic slowed the process of composition of their awaited second record, but after the tougher measures lifted, the three members of ASHRR – lead vocalist Steven David and multi-instrumentalists Ethan Allen and Josh Charles – have been as busy as ever.

We recently presented the new song and video of one of their new gems, “Sunshine Low” (QRO review), and now we have a new track to ease the wait, “Bad Reasons”.

As usual with the trio, “Bad Reasons” is a multi-layered track with different layers of sound covering the different levels and corners of the song but without making it blurred or confusing.

Immediate, fresh, well-mixed, radio-friendly, intense and at a pace fast enough to get you surprised enough so you want to listen to it again, “Bad Reasons” talks about that sentiment most of us have had of meddling in a matter which may or may not be our business, and even though we know we are not doing the right thing, we do it anyway.

The band are still working that urban, late ‘70s angle in their tunes, but this time – like with “Sunshine Low” – they look home instead of getting clear inspiration from the European post-punk feel they developed in their first work, Oscillator.

ASHRR are on a roll, judging by the string of top tracks they have released in the last two years. “Bad Reasons” is proof that forthcoming songs will also be exciting.

Listen to “Bad Reasons”:

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