upon a time the was a young band from Cali called Miracle
Chosuke on Dim Mak records.
I heard a few of their songs on a sampler and slowly grew to like their
sound. It was different from other music that I had been used to hearing
in NYC. Inherent to their locale, there's a tinge of surf punk madness
in the way they sound. It inevitably puts me in frantic dance mode, I
couldn't wait to see them play on the east coast. But when I managed to
track them down I discovered that they had broken-up after the first album.
I took it upon my self to find out what the new band BAD
would sound like.The good news is: the excitement and energy can still
be heard in their newer vocal-less tracks.
When did "Miracle
Chosuke" become "Bad Dudes"?
Because of a variety of reasons Miracle
Chosuke went defunct a couple of times so the people who still lived
close to each other and were still interested in playing together slowly
formed Bad Dudes with the help of some new guys too. Because of these
new people, Bad Dudes is an entirely different band than Chosuke, but
I guess similar sounding in some respects...
Why did you guys leave
behind the shell of Miracle Chosuke?
It just grew stale. There were personality conflicts, conflicts in the
direction of the music, some people were living far away and scheduling
practices were kind of hard too. It just kind of ran its course, no hard
I guess I find that "conflicts in the
direction of music" hard to grasp, I mean the album sounds like you
guys are going in the same direction and nothing on the album sounds like
it doesn't belong. Can you explain what other direction you might have
been split? There is no evidence of a diverging direction on that last
Yeah, I see that but ultimately I think our bass player Jason wanted to
go in more of a pop direction with his own songs and he's doing that now
with his own band. So at least in that regard, the album may sound unified,
but that doesn't always mean that everybody is creatively fulfilled.
And this is the last "band split"
question: From the new tracks I heard, there are no vocals, I assume the
singer left the band. Are you planning to not get another singer and leave
it all instrumental?
We have a singer, Andrew, who was the drummer of Chosuke and we're planning
on re-recording those songs with vocals. Those songs came off sounding
a little too pristine and we're gearing up to record for a forthcoming
full length in July, hopefully with a grittier mix.
When do Bad Dudes plan on releasing their
first album, and will it be with Dim Mak?
Right now Bad Dudes is going to be releasing a record on Paranoise records,
a new label out of Louisiana. Dim
Mak showed some interest in us, but we had already agreed on doing
the record with Paranoise, maybe something in the future with them though.
Having talked about the downs of being in
an evolving band, do you have any advise for bands in turmoil?
Advice on a band being in turmoil? Not really, I guess the best thing
to do is make an effort to behave fairly and honorably from day one and
know when to bite your tongue. This is advice that I should take myself
and haven't always followed. I think it's much easier to avert an ugly
situation than repair one, but again, I have no idea....
Doing what you do, what do you expect most
out of people who listen to your music?
I don't really expect anything from people who listen to our band. The
onus is on us to make them excited about what we do, not vice versa. Music
isn't necessarily a high priority in most people’s lives, and I
don't begrudge them that, they got their own shit to deal with, so I would
have to say that our task as a band is to elicit a passionate response
from the audience. Does that make any sense?