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Bad Moves‘ lineup is one that seems born out of an imaginary, magical D.C. DIY draft, where David Combs of The Max Levine Ensemble, Hemlines’ Katie Park, Daoud Tyler-Ameen of Art Sorority for Girls and Emma Cleveland from Booby Trap were teamed up and dispatched to make power-pop songs.
The fledgling band has played a handful of shows around D.C so far, but there haven’t been any recordings to enjoy their music outside the confines of a sweaty living room until today, courtesy of four new live tracks from American University’s college radio station WVAU.
Even before they started playing shows, the band visited WVAU to record and film one of the station’s Live in the Hive sessions, which previously hosted other familiar names like Ex Hex, Priests and Two Inch Astronaut. Releasing the evidence of your first time playing outside of band practice is a gutsy proposition, but Bad Moves are pros, as Combs and Park trade off lead vocals over power chords and Tyler-Ameen’s deft percussion on songs with names like “Shitty Tomorrows” and “Drain Me.” (It’s a more cheerful affair than it sounds).
If you haven’t made it out to a Bad Moves show yet, they complete the stacked bill of LVL UP and Princess Reason at Comet Ping Pong on Feb. 27.