The six track EP ‘Hidden Desire’ from Melbourne band Bad Juju, is a fantastic debut for the boys!
The EP has a really mature sound while also keeping a youthful feel. A mix of interesting guitar riffs and hooks, cohesive but I am never bored as every song has its own unique flavour and is musically interesting.
The EP opens with ‘Rejects’, my favourite track on first listen. I’m getting some serious Cog vibes from the vocals in the bridge and chorus, really developed sounding progressive rock, also reminiscent of Thrice, one of their reported influences and then when they add the heavier metal vocals mixing it up, similar to The Amity Affliction.
The next song is ‘Moving On’, their first single with grunge and punk influences and a catchy hook, currently on rotation at triple j. This is followed by ‘Bloom’ an anthem, ‘Pressure’ a catchy more pop rock tune, then getting heavier again with ‘Run Away’ and rounded off with ‘Healer’ a softer, slower track, a nice end to the EP.
The whole EP is really great music to listen to if you’ve got some pent up aggression, very cathartic and infectious upbeat tunes you can’t not move to. After hearing this EP I am definitely a fan, these guys are very talented band, one to watch for sure. Grab a copy, you wont be disappointed!
Reviewed by Lauren McKinnon