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The Bads / Bio

Brett Adams and Dianne Swann are the core songwriters behind The Bads. They have enjoyed an impressive musical history performing and writing together as The Julie Dolphin - the band they formed in London in 1992. TJD received accolades from the tough British music press for their live shows and album “Lit” and 2 EP’s. The band toured extensively in the UK, opened for, Oasis and Radiohead among ot
hers. Dianne was invited to sing with Tom Yorke [Radiohead] on The Bends Sessions on the song How Can you be Sure.

Under the name Boom Boom Mancini, they signed to boutique US label Almo Sounds, run by the founders of A&M Records, Jerry Moss and Herb Albert. They were label mates with Gillian Welch and Imogen Heap and Ozamatli and fitted well into this eclectic mix until Jerry and Herb decided they didn’t like the way the music industry was heading and decided to close in 2001.

Since their return to live in New Zealand in 2003, the duo has released 2 albums as The Bads, (2005’s Earth from Space, and 2009’s So Alive) toured the country extensively, and opened for Lucinda Williams, The Swell Season, The Jayhawks and Rodruez Y Gabriella. They have also produced music for several TV Series, including Hunger for The Wild and Coasters. They have had songs feature in TV shows in New Zealand, Australia and the US.

Both have lent their talents to other prominent NZ musical projects in the last few years, making scheduling time for Bads projects tricky. Brett has spent many hours in the studio recording with Tim Finn, lending his guitar and vocal talents to his last few studio albums, and has toured throughout Europe, Australia and the U.S with Tim in his touring band. Brett was a part of 2012’s NZ winery tour as guitarist for the headlining act Gin Wigmore. Dianne has performed throughout the country with Dave Mcartney’s Pink Flamingos, NZ, and Australia with Tim Finn, sang on Opshop’s award winning song ‘One Day’ and has recorded for and performed with New Zealand’s folk foodie, Flip Grater.

Dianne and Brett have juggled itineraries, and spent time on their favourite project, The Bads, in 2012 and have completed their third album as The Bads - this collection of 11 songs is called ‘Travel Light’.
They are loving adding the new songs into their live repertoire and still feel that childlike thrill at composing a song and seeing it through to it’s full potential in the studio and in a live setting.

Stay tuned for album release dates and coming shows.

General Info

Band Members
Brett Adams, Dianne Swann, Wayne Bell, Dave Kahn
Artist Name
The Bads
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Alternative / Country / Rock

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Auckland, NZ