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The Bad Reeds / Press

“LEO: Solid rock is having another moment now, and your new album sounds very in synch with the new ZZ Top, who are perpetually hip. How do you feel about blues-inspired rock’s place in the commercial world? Hunter Embry: Blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits. It’s a warm, comfy feeling for us. We started what would eventually be The Bad Reeds in high school (seven or eight years go), and the style of music was in response to everything else that was around at the time. What we were doing wasn’t hip and was better suited for our parents and their friends. It’s nice to hear music of a similar style on the radio now.”

““The Bad Reeds” is a document of the band distilled to its essence, with plenty of roll to float the rock and an attitude that is pure 1975.So music is their life and livelihood, and “The Bad Reeds” comes at a time when they’re ready to take it all to another level. Music’s always fluid trends seem to be obliging, with more stripped-down rock bands hitting the road every day. And even though they’re relatively young men, the Bad Reeds have been working that groove for a third of their lives. “I feel like we’ve paid a good portion of our dues at this point,” Embry said. “The album is more representative of what we are, and hopefully it’ll get us more shows and more exposure. That’s the most I could ask for.””

“The Bad Reeds have been honing their musical arsenal for a few years now, but this soulful blend of bluesy rock and roll, delivers with passion. Back in July I had the pleasure of witnessing The Bad Reeds open for Black Joe Lewis and a lot of popular consent was that they stole the show. That’s a pretty significant claim, but which ever contender you say took home the championship that night is irrelevant, as the fervor with which The Bad Reeds play, and their live delivery, is amazingly powerful. Embry is supported by Dane Rodriguez, Brantley Nall, and Clay Burchett but his raspy growl is distinct and just as commanding as the instrumentals. Needless to say, all of this goodness translates onto their album flawlessly, as yes I’ve heard it and no I won’t send it to you.”

“The Bad Reeds flash a host of influences on this debut release, most notably licks and riffs that hearken as far back as Zeppelin (as evidenced on “Voodoo Woman”) if John Fogerty had some songwriting credits... The production is just hands-off enough to give it the proper starkness and to let the band’s intensity break through when it needs to (“Quick to Be Bad” really revs up at about the 3:15 mark). Rock ain’t dead, kids.”

“The music doesn't imitate a certain sound so much as it perpetuates a sorely lacking musical ethos. The band has its feet firmly rooted in rock with a generous slathering of blues layered throughout the songs. The Bad Reeds, while evoking other bands, really only sound like themselves, which makes their music both fresh and memorable... Because of their talent and dedication to their sound, the Bad Reeds could very well be one of the next Louisville bands to blaze a trail out of the city and onto the national scene. ”

Kory Wilcoxin - Louisville Music News

“Giving props to Led Zeppelin, The Black Lips and The White Stripes, the Louisville, Ky.-based Bad Reeds... have that punk-inspired, dirty-blues-juke thing going like Jack White, so the jams will make for good times”

Herman Snell - The Jackson Free Press

“experimenting with a wide range of homegrown influences that has helped music move away from a mainstream approach and into a more real, authentic state of mind with raw, intense rhythms that recall the early days of rock n roll; when artists weren’t afraid to express themselves through music”