Berlin based duo Bad Hammer share new single 'Away' from debut album End Of An Age is due out this Friday via Italian Island.
Today, Berlin-based shadow-pop newcomers Bad Hammer have shared sombre love song, 'Away'. The track and accompanying video are the final pieces to be shared ahead of the release of their debut album, End Of An Age, which is due out this Friday.
On their new album, the duo blend melancholic melodies with poignant guitar riffs, meandering along warm synth pads and subtly driving drum beats to dazzling effect. Thematically the songs that make up their forthcoming debut, End of an Age, are connected by referring to a state of being on hold, undetermined, between looking forwards and back, holding on to something and anticipating change.
Bad Hammer are Lisa Klinkhammer (synthesisers, vocals) and Johannes Badzura (guitar, drums, vocals). In 2019, they released their debut EP, Extended Play, and have been touring extensively throughout Europe ever since, opening for like-minded artists including Molly Nilson, Sean Nicholas Savage, Jaakko Eino Kalevi and more.
The album’s title was inspired by a photobook of the same name by British photographer Paul Graham. The images were taken at the turn of the millennium, not long before 9/11.
“Somehow we felt that these pictures captured a feeling that we were also observing in our surroundings, some kind of coming of age on our own personal level as well as sensing a change to come on a much larger scale,”
Bad Hammer's timeless pop songs take inspiration from the past.
“We use analogue synths from the 80s and a drum machine from the early 90s so the sounds are kind of nostalgic but we like to subtly mix genres, like putting some dubby rim shots onto a pop beat,”
“On some of the songs we like to try and subvert traditional songwriting techniques by occasionally denying the ultimate climax. Or in some simply destroying it! Like the way our rather candy 60s song ‘Away’ is destroyed at the end with some guitar shreds,”
With backgrounds in both music and visual arts, the duos’ passion for songwriting is accompanied by a strong sense and expression for the visual side of their music. They have produced a music video for every song they have released so far, their aesthetic influenced by 90s/2000s music videos and dance choreographies, giallo movie posters, Bladerunner, the films of John Cassavetes and Chris Kraus and American artist Paul Thek.
Bad Hammer’s End Of An Age is due to be released digitally, on vinyl and cassette on November 25th via their own imprint, Italian Island. To celebrate the release, the band will be touring the UK and Europe in November and December, including dates with NY's Black Marble.
Tour Dates 22.10.22 Krakow (Club Re) 23.10.22 Warsaw (Chmury) 26.10.22 London (The Garage)* 28.10.22 Antwerp (Trix)* 29.10.22 Rotterdam (Rotown)* 2.11.22 Munich (Rote Sonne)^ 3.11.22 Berlin (SO 36)* 4.11.22 Prague (Underdogs)* 5.11.22 Jena (Kuba)* 6.11.22 Frankfurt (Milchsackfabrik)* 7.11.22 Dortmund (Junkyard)* 11.11.22 London (Servant Jazz Quarters) 12.11.22 Bristol (The Lanes) 14.11.22 Glasgow (The Glad Cafe) 1.12.22 Berlin End of an Age Release Show (Arkaoda)
* w/ Black Marble ^ w/ Xeno & Oaklander