INTERVIEW: BADGUYSWIN

Hi Shane, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We are doing well over here. Small town Canada has been lucky enough to not see the full impact of COVID, so we consider ourselves quite fortunate.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Honey Bucket”?

It’s one of our favourite songs on the album. Shane wrote the song at home on his acoustic and it came together really well with the band during practices. It was a really organic experience and it worked so well that it all came together quite quickly. It quickly became one of our favourites to play.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s not necessarily a particular event that inspired it. It came from the idea of being addicted to something, or searching for that one thing that releases your emotions no matter what that is. In this case, it came in the form of honey. It’s a song about dependence and people’s inherent need to seek out something to help them handle negative experiences.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We had an amazing time filming the video, with a lot of having to stop to quiet our laughter. Dan from City Zero really saw our vision and was able to recreate everything that was in our head. The actor, Pat Peeve from Expain, was a fantastic actor and really put a lot of feeling behind his role. It turned out better than we had expected. We filmed the whole thing at Pat’s home in Vancouver. We were having issues mixing what was meant to be honey. Luckily the upstairs neighbor was a chef and came down to see what we were up to, and said that we would have to mix our concoction for about 8 hours to achieve what we wanted. She showed us a better way to do it, and we ended up making a corn starch and food colouring batch in his bathtub. We laid down plastic so cleanup wasn’t too bad, and the mixture was able to be diluted and drain out of the tub. It took about 6 hours to film the whole thing but it would have taken less time if we had been able to control our laughter. We felt kind of bad about yelling at the dog, but Pat wasn’t actually saying anything. He was just mouthing the words but we still felt a bit guilty.

The single comes off your new album Cowards – what’s the story behind the title?

“Cowards” is descriptive of the album’s story. It’s 12 fictional stories about people who are stuck in a situation in which they find themselves unable to get out of, either due to circumstance or a lack of personal fortitude. Each song is relatable and an example of cowardly behaviour.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing process starts with Shane writing songs in his living room while on his acoustic guitar. He then brings it to the band, and they tweak it as they see fit. We flesh out the songs in a full volume jam atmosphere in which we replicate playing it live. Recording was done by the drummer Zak’s home studio, as he’s an audio engineer. It allowed us to take our time and achieve a natural sound that we were all satisfied with. 

What role does Grand Forks play in your music?

Grand Forks plays a role in that many of our lyrics are based on either stories we have heard or people we know. They’ve all been manipulated and exaggerated into short form stories that create the basis for our lyrics. We all grew up here and have been working with each other musically for 15 years, with our prior band being Slagduster. We were essentially forced into a band because we were the only ones interested in creating music in our small town, and that resulted in a very long friendship.

How has the likes of Nirvana and Soundgarden influenced your writing?

Those types of bands were our earliest influences and is what got us into writing music. Before we had even touched an instrument, those bands were what made us want to go and learn how to play and create. Since they were so influential in making us who we are as people, we wanted to start a band that hopefully inspired others in the way that these bands inspired us. 

What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?

Amazing music played by amazing musicians was what the trend was. It wasn’t fabricated or assisted by autotune. It was real bands with real artists who all had dedicated their life to perfect their trade. Popular music tended to be a little bit more complicated and thoughtful. That’s not to say that there’s not plenty of music out there right now that has the same thought and skill, but it seemed to be a bigger thing back in the 90s.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

My answer goes back to the question that asked about Grand Forks. Shane loves writing stories and our town is full of interesting people and even more interesting stories. Some local folklore is true, some is not and some is questionable as to authenticity.  We live in a small Russian town in Canada, and with that comes a lot of unique personalities and culture. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We had planned to tour back in March but of course the world  came to a halt. We are writing our second album now with all our free time, but we would still like to resume plans for our tour to showcase our debut album. We are just waiting until it is safe to do so.

What else is happening next in BADGUYSWIN’s world?

We have been furiously writing the second album and it’s coming along pretty quickly. We are excited about it. We have also been focusing a lot more into the online world and playing with ideas that we haven’t actually tried before. It’s been an interesting experience, trying to communicate with fans on a strictly online platform. We have received a great response and it’s been pretty exciting to see how the rock/metal community has used the internet to explore new ways in which to share and enjoy music. We hope to be able to personally see our fans again, and we are excited that you chose us for an interview.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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