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Bad Vibrations 

KC Spidle formed Bad Vibrations with a mission: “My plan was to rock.”

Last summer, when KC Spidle formed Bad Vibrations, his vision was simple: “My plan was to rock,” he says. A veteran of many a venerable local group (The Hold, Dog Day, Husband and Knife), Spidle was itching to play loud, heavy music---“not wanky,” he says. He wrote 13 songs in two hours and then corralled Husband and Knife bandmate Evan Cardwell for bass while Meg Yoshida began learning drums. After several months of instruction and fine- tuning, the band took to the stage and released a self-titled album. The first thing that hits you is how good a drummer Yoshida is. The second is the music---scary, juddering riffs and the detached, weirdly pretty vocals floating atop the murk. The sound gets spookier and even more propulsive on their brand-new seven-inch Under Pressure, capped by an uber-heavy version of “Think About Life.” 

“I wanted us to sound how we actually sound,” Spidle says of the record. “It’s more fun for us, even if it doesn’t sound like fun to other people.”

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