Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Are You a Badfish Too?

Some of the most famous people in the world weren't famous while they were alive. For instance, the painter Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting while he was alive, and writer Edgar Allen Poe died penniless after living his life in squalor. It's heart breaking when you learn that someone didn't get to see the impact that their work had on the world, but it gives us even more of a reason to celebrate the art that they left us.

Bradley Nowell's name might not be as recognizable as Poe's or Van Gogh's but to many of us his music is. His band Sublime rose to fame in the late 90's after the passing of Bradley. While we were all getting hooked to songs like "What I Got" and "Santeria", Brad's family and friends were mourning his passing. While MTV was playing music videos featuring Lou Dog, the remaining members were trying to figure out what if anything would be next. It's a sad story, but it's also a testament to the singer/songwriter's talent and reach because whenever people hear Sublime, they smile. they laugh, and they have fun because that is what Sublime is all about.  The magic that they created was so powerful that thousands of bands have tried to recreate it over the years, but none have been able to do so as well as Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime. This tribute band has taken the art of flatter to the next level by recapturing the magic that the OG lineup was able to take to the stage.

We reached out to find out why they decided to dedicate their musical careers to recreating the magic of Sublime before they come to Detroit to make magic at St.Andrew's Hall this Thursday, June 14th.  Check out what they had to say, throw on 40 oz to Freedom, and head up to the Hall this Thursday to get a glimpse of what it was like in South Beach in 1995.

HID- Why Sublime?
Scott Begin- "Sublime was a huge part of our musical lives during our high school and college years. We decided that seeing as no one was performing these songs live, we'd give it a go. We figured that we and all our friends were fans of this music so hopefully they'd come check it out. Our first show was successful and we decided to keep it going and spread it all around the country."

HID- What's your favorite song to play live and why?
Scott Begin- "Changes from week to week, but a good standby one for me is "DJs" from the 40 Oz To Freedom album. It's a different rhythmic part than many Sublime songs, and I also get to do a lot of backing vocals on that one."

HID- Whats the best band you have gotten to play with live?
Scott Begin- "Less Than Jake are really fun and put on a great show. Flogging Molly was a great high energy performance. We also did a St Paddy's Day show in Dallas with Snoop Dogg once! That was a bucket list one, for sure"

HID- You guys do a lot of festivals, are there any you think we need to check out?
Scott Begin- "The Nelson Ledges Festival in Garretsville OH that we do at the beginning and end of every summer is a real rager. Maybe a fun road trip idea??"

HID- So, do you smoke two joints in the morning then to keep on theme?
Scott Begin- "I do not. And I still feel alright, somehow..."

HID- Sublime means a lot to a lot of people. Whats the best fan reaction that you can remember?
Scott Begin- "Usually people have incredible Sublime tattoos, be it of their logo or some of Bradley, etc. We've seen some pretty impressive work throughout the years."

HID- Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Scott Begin- "We hope you'll come check us out at St Andrews Hall! We're psyched to be back there when it's not freezing cold!!

Tickets to attend this Thursday show are $18 dollars in advance and they can be purchased here.


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