SotD - Bad Parents


Neil Gardner is a bit of an audio guru, being the brains behind an award winning spoken word production company. But sometimes he likes to retreat from the digital studio to listen to some music analogue style, on vinyl. This time he encounters some Bad Parents...

Format: 7″ black vinyl EP

Side A1: Room to Grow - finest indie folk flavour vocals aired across a grand canyon of guitar. A smorgasbord of UK country and blues yet proudly sporting an early 90s indie pub vibe. Plaintive yet soul searching.

Side A2: Sailing - a dark melancholic cardigan hiding the dirge-like tattoos underneath. Lo fi plodding yet ethereal siren vocals enveloped by a whalesong of despair whilst the ocean views expand all around you.


Side B1: You Can't Date a Model - does what it says in the title, a chart rundown of people you can’t date and why. A Stereophonics tone underscores hope-beats-reality indie romance lyric. Simple chord guitar leads to shoe gazing with occasional bursts of bright notes and quirky hopefulness.

Side B2: Peckham - it’s all twangy guitars and a headrush of Del Amitri verses pushing us towards a crowd pleasing sing along hands in the air chorus. It’s a full-on end of your student days romantic dream…hold on before real life shatters it all.

Finyl Thought: eclectic and eccentric luscious vocals with wings that soar and swoop on updraughts of powerful guitar but which are too often weighed down by dour downdraughts and get mired in myopic misery



First published on From the Listening Nook - Find Neil in his nook @listeningnook

Images - Neil Gardner