Bad Wave – “I Can Be A Friend To You”


Bad Wave is a duo comprised of songwriter Tucker Tota and producer Patrick Hart. They share a fondness for ’90s alt-rock and Weezer in particular, though their own musical output takes more a cue from yearning synth-laden pop — at least on impressive new track “I Can Be A Friend To You.” Pop-punk influences do emerge on past singles like “Runaway” and “3AM,” though here listeners are treated to a hooky vein of pop with a predominantly synth-driven feel. The chorus – which endears lyrically with repetition of the track title – is a burst of emotive energy featuring spiky synths, navigating with ease from the more understated verses.

“I’ve written a few songs about forbidden love. What I like about this one is that there are several scenarios I imagined while writing it,” Bad Wave writes. “Different characters and different forbidden reasons. It’s strange how there have always been relationships that are off limits. Maybe there will always be a line you shouldn’t cross. Or maybe all love is beautiful. Actually no. Now I’m thinking of some weird stuff nobody should ever do.”

“I Can Be A Friend To You” marks the first track off Bad Wave’s new 4-song EP, releasing on January 25th.

“I Can Be A Friend To You” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Catchy Indie Pop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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