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      October 6, 2019

      Sunday   7:30 PM

      423 North Main Street
      Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103

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      Bad Suns

      with Liily, Ultra Q
      The third full-length from L.A. band Bad Suns, Mystic Truth gets its title from a piece of art that vocalist Christo Bowman stumbled upon while visiting Londons Tate Modern on tour. Created by Bruce Nauman in 1967, the neon-and-glass piece spells out a possibly paradoxical statement in blue spiraled cursive: The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths.I thought that connected back to the message of the record, which is about finding the extraordinary in very simple things, even though were living in a very dark time right now, says Bowman, whose bandmates include guitarist Ray Libby, bassist Gavin Bennett, and drummer Miles Morris. Instead of succumbing to that darkness, I think youve got to try to hold onto some optimism, and try to uncover those simple miracles so you dont lose the plot of whats really important. Produced by Dave Sardy (The Head and the Heart, The Black Angels, Oasis), Mystic Truth channels that searching quality into songs with a powerful sense of purpose. In creating the album, Bad Suns recorded at the legendary Sunset Sound and at Sardys home studio, building on the melodic brilliance first glimpsed on their debut album Language & Perspectivea 2014 release that hit #24 on the Billboard 200 and led to massive tours supporting Halsey and The Neighbourhood. At the same time, the band amps up the intensity of their 2016 sophomore effort Disappear Here (praised as their most dynamic and introspective work yet by Alternative Press), giving way to a more emotionally urgent merging of rock & roll, post-punk, and pop. Right from the album-opening Away We Go, Bad Suns reveal the timeless sensibilities at the heart of Mystic Truth. With its soaring vocals, majestic piano melodies, and fiery guitar tones, the song unfolds as a brightly anthemic battle cry. Away We Go was mostly inspired by us growing up and really being adults for the first time, and trying to make sense of all that, says Bowman, who co-founded Bad Suns at age 17. Its about learning how to make decisions for yourself, and sometimes just going for something and blindly trusting that its going to work out.While Mystic Truth bears a certain classic simplicity, Bad Suns also infuse the album with its share of sonically surprising moments: the ethereal pop of A Miracle, A Mile Away, the melancholy waltz of Darkness Arrives (And Departs), the shapeshifting piano balladry of Starjumper. Woven with Bowmans sharply reflective lyrics and finely detailed storytelling, the album also delivers a number of love songs, from the punchy pre-breakup track The World and I to the starry-eyed Love By Mistake to the starkly tender Separate Seas. (Ive been in a long-distance relationship since my girlfriend moved to Miamishe works for an airline so shes always flying, says Bowman of Separate Seas. That songs about those nights of staying up and staying on speaker phone with one another till really late, even when theres nothing to say.) And on Hold Your Fire, Bad Suns offer up a solemn yet cinematic meditation on acceptance. Its about a relationship thats not working out, and it represents that moment when you decide to just accept that its over instead of trying to fight, Bowman says.One of the most epic tracks on Mystic Truth, One Magic Moment captures a restless determination with its thunderclap rhythms, sprawling guitar lines, and shimmering piano work. As Bowman explains, the songs title partly speaks to its enchanted origins. Wed been jamming all day and nothing was happening, and all of a sudden there was this shift in the air, he says. Gavin had started playing this chord progression, and the song just came together when we were least expecting it, like magic.For Bad Suns, chasing that magic has always formed the essence of the band. With Bowman and Bennett first meeting in seventh grade, the two near-lifelong musicians eventually linked up with Libby and Morris and spent their teenage years working their way through the L.A. music scene. After dropping a demo off in the mailbox at alt-rock radio station KROQ, Bad Suns saw their breakthrough single Cardiac Arrest played on the famed Locals Only radio show, and quickly landed a deal with Vagrant Records. The band then made their debut with the 2014 EP Transpose, and soon widened their following by hitting the road with bands like The 1975.Newly signed to Epitaph Records, Bad Suns found the making of Mystic Truth to be especially charmed. Recording this album was like a neverending dreamthere were times when it felt like we were pulling songs out of the air, he says. One of the most memorable moments for the band took place on a writing trip in Palm Springs, during which they stayed in a mid-century dome house overlooking the nearby wind farm. We were playing late at night and looking out at all the stars and the windmills, and Hold Your Fire just came out of nowhere, which felt really special, Bowman recalls. Over the years, Bad Suns have invited those bursts of inspiration by endlessly opening themselves up to new ideas, often by immersing themselves in art or literatureStarjumper, for instance, references a passage from Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakovs The Master and Margarita. That approach undeniably shaped the emotional undercurrent of Mystic Truth, an album both intimate and universal in scope. I always want people to be able to insert their own lives into the songs that we create, Bowman points out. When youre able to unite people through music, even if were all coming from totally different circumstances and different places in lifeto me thats one of the most intense levels of connection you can possibly have.

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