With the release of Disappear Here, Bad Suns’ impressively wise and honest sophomore album, it is hard to believe the four-piece began as a chance friendship between Christo Bowman (vocals) and Gavin Bennett (bass) in a 7th grade Los Angeles County classroom. The pair picked up Miles Morris (drums) and Ray Libby (guitar) along the way, and together they spent their teenage years navigating the daunting Los Angeles music scene.
While many would consider the vast history and densely populated musical turf of Los Angeles intimidating, Bad Suns rose to the challenge. As Bowman recalls, “I can recount many instances where we’d play the Whisky a Go Go along with five terrible glam-rock-wanna-be bands. It made us want to do something different and work towards a new era of the Los Angeles sound.” While finding their place in LA’s scene wasn’t easy, Bowman is also thankful for the innumerable opportunities that come with living in one of the nation’s musical capitals. “Our band was discovered because we drove to KROQ and dropped off a demo in their mailbox,” he says, “At the end of the day, nobody’s going to care about your band unless you’ve got some good songs for them.”