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listen to Bad Dudes:
dawn of the dudes.mp3 (3.1MB)
celebrate the moments of your god-forsaken life.mp3 (1.5MB)
progressive wet t-shirt contest.mp3 (2MB)


vocals Casey, bass Daniel, guitar Brady, lead guitar Dan, synth elec. piano organ Marty, drums Ben



Bad Dudes

"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."




Once 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 DUDES 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 feelings though.

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 album.
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?