Q&A: Alex Cameron reminds us how to be a good member of the Baddies Community

Qs by Caleb Sweeting

Despite what some people think, we have heaps to brag about here in Adelaide. Two things we really take pride in are West End Brewery and a band called Bad//Dreems.

It just so happens red tins and Baddies have a few things in common; they’re both honest, not too flashy, local and refreshing. Probably why the band ripped off their logo for one of their tees.

Laneway Festival 2017. Photo: Wade Whitington

Laneway Festival 2017. Photo: Wade Whitington

Last month Bad//Dreems released their second album, Gutful. The record has a healthy balance of songs that you’ll wanna smash a red tin on your forehead and drink the remains to 'Johnny Irony', 'Mob Rule' – mixed in with slower, heartfelt tracks like ‘1000 Miles Away’ and ‘1000 Times Alone’ (the sax in this one will really get you off).

We sent a few questions to guitarist, Alex Cameron regarding the album, crowd behavior and if Pauline Hanson will be stopping by any of the shows on the upcoming tour.

Laneway Festival, Adelaide. Photo: Wade Whitington

Laneway Festival, Adelaide. Photo: Wade Whitington

YEWTH: Last time we saw you guys play a punter ripped the lighting rig off the roof at Fat Controller; the show prior to that the crowd broke the barrier. Are Bad//Dreems gigs getting crazier every tour?

Alex: They have always seemed a bit crazy. There have been a few incidents of borderline dickhead behaviour and buffoonery of late though. We will be on the lookout for this on this tour and none of that will be tolerated. We want to make sure everyone at the shows can have a good time. So please be mindful of those around you, keep the elbows down and be a good member of the Baddies Community!

Was the name and concept for the new album just a matter of being pissed off with Oz politics and having a GUTFUL of people like Pauline Hanson and One Nation?

Not the concept for the whole album, but it certainly was the sentiment behind some of the tracks such as 'Gutful' and 'Mob Rule'. I don't think it is something you can really ignore if you've lived through the past 18 months. I think the average person is sick of being stuck between the dickhead right and the pontification of the other side; sick of these groups yelling into the social media echo chamber and not really addressing things properly; sick of important issues being co-opted for political gain.

That being said there are probably just as many songs on the album about more personal issues such as love, loneliness and loss.

Do you think it’s ironic that some of your fans who come to your shows actually have a mob mentality – almost like they chant along with ‘Mob Rule’, but the song is partly about them?

Yes. The incident with the lighting rig was case in point. But I'd also like to think that people who come to our shows take some notice of the sentiment behind all the songs. Our crowds are young, rambunctious and exuberant. This is not the ballet. It is a rock and roll show. It's a place for people to forget the bullshit of their Monday to Friday lives and share in the joy of music. 99% of time the energy is positive and transformative. We've never seen a fight or anything like that. And hopefully it will stay that way.   

Photo: Fat Controller

Photo: Fat Controller

What was it like the second time ‘round recording in the studio with Mark Opitz & Colin Wynne?

Pretty smooth. We continued the approach from the first album, most of the tracks were captured live pretty much. The only thing we changed was a slight production shift away from the 80s inflections of Dogs at Bay to a drier, roomier, more 70s guitar music sound.

The clip for 'Feeling Remains' was a hit of nostalgia for Recovery fans – how did the concept and cameo with Dylan Lewis come together?

James had that idea and we were all into it. Ben's brother works with Dylan at Nova and he loved the idea. We filmed it down at a studio near Footy Park with our long time collaborator Ben Helweg.

As well as your own tour and a slot at Splendour, you’re also supporting Midnight Oil at Adelaide Oval. This must be a dream come true?

Absolutely a dream come true. Unbelievable really. They are a really important band for all of us.

Lastly, it was good to see Adelaide artists Bohie Palecek & Jake Holmes’ illustration of Pauline Hanson’s lid pop up on Insta promoting the release. Do you think old mate Pauline will stop by at one of the shows on the tour?

I highly doubt it. I would expect that her musical tastes would not extended beyond Cliff Richard or "The Beatles on Panpipe".

[Completed By Sandy Cameron]

Baddies play The Gov this June 19 - tickets on sale now at www.baddreems.com