Bad Moves – Tell No One [Translucent Purple Vinyl] – New LP
Colored vinyl reissue (July 2020) of 2018 debut.
"Tell No One is the debut full-length by Washington, D.C.’s Bad Moves. It’s a perfect power-pop album -- alternately explosive and vulnerable, loud and tender. Recorded with Hop Along’s Joe Reinhart, it’s an album about secrecy -- it’s anxiety and weight. The songs are meant to tell a story about how self-discovery works when you’re a kid and how those experiences, revelations, and regrets ripple into adult life. Bad Moves are Emma Cleveland, David Combs, Katie Park, and Daoud Tyler-Ameen."
"With so many albums of note dropping (Brockhampton, Joyce Manor, & Christine and the Queens just to name a few) it’s a fool’s errand to try and check out every album released on any given day, even in the era of streaming. DC punk rockers Bad Moves dropped their debut LP Tell No One on this very same day, and I’m hoping it doesn’t get swept under the rug, because I’ve yet to find a song that I dislike on it. From the 90s sounding “Out Of Reach” to the wild, untamable, album opener “Change Your Mind”, there’s a little something for everyone on Tell No One; A dance, a headbang, a sing-along. The energetic and evocative “Change Your Mind” sets a funky-pop tone for this record, immediately showing off the bands indie punk finesse. Sliding right into “One Thing,” turning the powerhouse vibes of the previous song into mellow rock, the lyrics “I got this one thing I don’t tell no one” are indulged in a catchy, heavy spirit. The first couple of songs on this record melt into one another, sounding completely different, but giving off the same vibes. For instance, “Cool Generator” picks up where the previous track ends, opening up a completely brand new space for striking drums and dazzling group vocals. It’s refreshing to have such an energetic collective slide my way, and I’m so glad they did. “Spirit FM” incidentally reminds me of a late summer radio jam. Word of advice: do not listen to any of these songs in a situation where it’s socially unacceptable to start dancing–for instance–a university library. “Spirit FM” carries itself with an especially fun hook, patched together with electric guitar riffs that accentuate the tracks chanted lyrics. The perfect pick me up on a lonely day, I hold the lyrics to “Give It a Shot” in high regard. Driven by punk, the message begs you to ask “why?” to questions that aren’t usually thought about. At a time in my life when I need to start asking and stop other things, this mid-album jam adds space for reflection. The last couple of tracks on Tell No One have a calmer demeanor to them. Without losing their punch or impact, “Shut Your Eyes” and “Vessels” put forward a more indie attitude, with the latter picking up immensely with some pretty sick bass action. Dazzling and twinkling, “Wishing” is my favorite track because of how different it sounds. Anything with a quiet, lo-fi sound I immediately cling to, and this one is brilliantly done. It hits precisely when you need it to. Closing with “Missing You”, a definitive, exploratory song about reflection, it’s safe to say that this album was meticulously sequenced. Every song is a defining moment, leaving no room for predictability. The leaps and bounds Bad Moves have made on this LP are remarkable, and Tell No One is a wonderful record to begin autumn with."
- (Translucent Purple Vinyl"Ask the members of Bad Moves how the band started and they’ll modestly kick aside the question with a simple reply: “Just some friends starting a band, you know?” It might be a simple origin story, but their debut LP tells far more complex ones: On Tell No One, guitarist/vocalist David Combs, bassist/ vocalist Emma Cleveland, guitarist/vocalist Katie Park, and drummer/vocalist Daoud Tyler-Ameen demonstrate musicianship and honest dedication. “We named the album Tell No One because its clearest through-line, lyrically, is the feeling of carrying a secret with you,” the band tells City Paper. “The songs are meant to collectively tell a story about how self-discovery works when you’re a kid—perhaps too young to truly understand your own feelings or read the world around you, most certainly too young to feel safe talking about your inner life openly—and how those experiences, lessons, absences, revelations, and regrets ripple into your adult life.” The band tracked Tell No One over 10 days at the Headroom recording studio in Philadelphia with producer Joe Reinhart (of revered Philly indie outfit Hop Along). This record opens strong with “Change Your Mind,” a total jam with a powerful bass line and loud gradual guitar feedback that leaves just enough room for vocals. The song sets the tone for what’s to follow on the album’s next 11 songs: An even louder choir of vocals that the band says are “a call to action for the listener to look past the ghosts that may haunt them and remember that we are all people with the agency to make changes in our lives.” Throughout the album, Bad Moves hones in on a distinct power-pop sound—spread in shimmering guitar riffs and thundering drum beats anchored by lyrics that, even when heated, manage to sound hopeful. The band draws from some ’70s and ’80s influences, like The Nerves, The Replacements, and The Cars, along with more contemporary rockers, like Ex Hex or Sheer Mag. But their sound is totally their own: fresh without turning tacky, and poppy without the perils of glamour. There isn’t a dull moment on the album; no reliance on unnecessary drones or meaningless ballads for the sake of filling up space. Instead, Tell No One comes out effortless and fun, swinging seamlessly between songs and delivering punchy gems like the dancy “One Thing” and the heavier—but still catchy—“Cool Generator,” the latter of which lends itself to mellow headbanging while dealing with the politics of, as the band puts it, “how queer people and people of color are the most likely to have their culture and fashion mined by capitalism, while simultaneously being put under the most risk.” In this way, the album follows a great, yet simple, punk formula: meaningful, but quick."