Words by Sam Townsend – Melting Wax Photography
Bad Juju have been on a rising trajectory since bursting onto the scene in 2017 with the instant favourite Bloom and more recently sold out their headline single launch show at The Gasometer in December 2019 for anthem Say It. In 2020, the Melbourne grunge/punk rock five-piece are back with new single Disappoint – which does anything but.
Released on 20 May, Disappoint explores the theme of mental health and the survivors’ guilt we can experience when we lose someone close to us. As frontman Russell Holland explains, “Disappoint is about a friend I lost who I made music with and continuing the dreams we shared together.”
Listen to Disappoint HERE.
Although Disappoint opens with Bad Juju’s signature grunge and pop-punk sound, the song unfolds to reveal an emotional vulnerability underlying the powerful hooks and tight drums. Most notable are Holland’s impressive vocals, which seamlessly transition between the more tender moments of Disappoint and the intense emotions within the chorus:
“I don’t wanna disappoint you /
I’m holding all the guilt and the grief /
And I don’t want to ask the question /
When I already know the answer /
We’ve sung our last song“
Disappoint is a commanding song and a reflection of a band who have worked hard to strike a balance between going in hard and the subsequent release.
Disappoint is another solid release from Bad Juju, and is best played loud and on repeat – I can only imagine what this song will sound like when they get the chance to play it live! Having previously supported the likes of Mayday Parade (US), Trophy Eyes, Dream on Dreamer, and Columbus, no doubt Bad Juju are also itching at the prospect of getting back on the road.
Bad Juju are yet to make an announcement on the likelihood of any further releases in 2020, though for a band who are already known for their dedication to continually refining their sound I wouldn’t be surprised if more new music isn’t too far away. In the meantime you can keep up to date with Bad Juju using the links below:
With thanks to Habit Music Co.