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Bad Suns at The Black Sheep show preview 

click to enlarge Bad Suns, with Vista Kicks, Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10.39/adv, $20/door, all ages, 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com. - ROWAN DALY
  • Rowan Daly
  • Bad Suns, with Vista Kicks, Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10.39/adv, $20/door, all ages, 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com.
The biggest problem with going to see bands who have “rabid fanbases” is that you can easily get bitten and die. Nevertheless, publicists continue to make this claim on behalf of clients both big and small. The latest to cross our desk comes from Bad Suns, whose rabid fanbase, we’re told, will “cross land, air and sea to see them live.” The L.A.-based band began drawing attention when their demo for the 2014 single “Cardiac Arrest” was first aired on KROQ-FM, the Pasadena station that once popularized the “Rock of the ‘80s” radio format. It was a match made in shoulder-pad heaven, given Bad Suns’ early approximation of a more guitar-driven Depeche Mode with a touch of mid-period Springsteen bombast thrown in for good measure. After serving as opening act for Halsey and The 1975, Bad Suns are currently in the midst of their own headlining tour, previewing material from the forthcoming Mystic Truth album, for which they recruited Oasis producer Dave Sardy. The collection will be released March 22 by Epitaph Records, who are promising a decidedly more esoteric range of ‘80s-identified influences, including R.E.M., Kate Bush, The Blue Nile and Talking Heads.

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