What are your names?
Hi, I’m Chris Connelly
What is the bands name?
How did you come up with the band’s name?
It seemed to be a funny thing to name a band, us Canadians are famously self deprecating. It’s also kind of true.
What is your genre of music?
I guess in spirit it’s Punk Rock or Rock N’ Roll with a little bit of playful psychedelic thrown in there. People label us “Indie Rock” a lot.
Give us a little bio about you as a band.
Bad Pop are an indie rock band fronted by Chris Connelly and formed from the ashes of Hot Panda. This Canadian band sounds furious and refreshing, a deluge of raw punk energy, warm analogue psychedelic. Cheeky and nihilistic songs about living under the strictures of late-stage, techno uber capitalism.
What made you go into music?
When I was 14 I lived in France on an exchange. There was another boy my age there that taught me how to play guitar, I fell in love and got one of my own when I came back to Canada.
Who are your influences?
Talking Heads, Devo, Ween, Early Roxy Music, The Kinks, The Replacements, 60’s French pop
Are you signed?
Yes, to Killing Moon.
You released you brand new single ‘The Ostrich’, tell us more about the single.
The Ostrich is a tongue and cheek salute to the virtues of willful ignorance. Screeching guitars, trippy delays and a fuzzed out bass line strut its way over an 808 drum machine. It’s a genre defying song that melds guttural psychedelic rock with playful hip hop scratches and culminates in a blistering punk rock finale. Part Modest Mouse, part Avalanches, lots of swagger.
What is the meaning behind the single
I originally thought of calling it the Ostrich because I had a lead guitar part that sounded like a squawking bird. The rest of the song kind of took shape from that.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The writing process was a weird on. It was originally something I jammed on with the whole band, pre-pandemic, but the recording was done over the internet with people being plugged into their respective computers. A real “lock down” vibe.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
Most of it was done by myself and Devon Lougheed, our producer extraordinaire. With some creative input from Catherine Hiltz & Aaron Klassen (who is the guy featured on the cover in the Ostrich costume)
Will we see a Music Video for the single and if so can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
We shot a video for it and I’m in the process of editing now. I should be out soon! It’s me, in an Ostrich costume, wandering the streets of Vancouver. I wanted it to be a Daft Punk “Da Funk” kind of thing. It kind of accidentally become about climate change though. The Pacific Northwest is currently in a climate emergency and is being hit with record breaking flooding, so the ignorance is bliss, bury your head in the sand idea of an Ostrich wandering around is taking on a new meaning.
The single comes from you upcoming EP ‘Psych Pedal’, what can you tell us about the EP?
Psych Pedal comes out in February. The EP is a bad drug trip through an existential crises yet still darkly funny at times. It was largely done during the pandemic so all that isolation and anxiety definitely seeps into it.
Will we see any live shows coming up with the album release coming soon and if so where will you be heading?
The plan is play some limited shows. Nothing booked yet, but starting to think about it. We’re all in different cities and all play in other bands so it’ll take some planning and coordinating of schedules.
What else can we expect in the last of 2021 and early 2022?
There’s more music coming out in the next few months. Some videos too. I’ve been writing a lot the last couple months as well and have a new record that’s starting to take shape, so I’ll probably start that in the new year.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I can tell you exactly where I’ll be in five years because I just made dinner plans. Il Forino’s at 7:30
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t let the highs get you too high and don’t let the lows get you too low.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Vaccine Passport, ID, Phone, Money, Dan Electro Backtalk Pedal.