Los Saints – “As Bad As The First”


The jangly, yearning “As Bad As The First” is a stirring success from San Diego-based quartet Los Saints. The hypnotic jangle of guitars meshed with tortured-sounding vocals to conjure a sound in the realm of The Smiths, certainly, though also with a modern punch. Gradually escalating guitars and percussion approach the one-minute mark, with the haunting croon shortly thereafter — “I know where you are,” — sending chills. Understated though with a clear, passionate emotive yearning, “As Bad As The First” easily consumes.

The band writes: “This song was made while reminiscing on an old but familiar feeling that I used to have in my school days, ache. Ache is a feeling that is purposely omitted most strongly in verse 2 and is contrasted by a “sappy”, yet upbeat, chorus.”

“As Bad As The First” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2020’ Spotify playlist.

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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