Hot Minute with Bad Bad Meow
This Chicago based band began in a small town in North Carolina; bringing their southern indie rock sound to the North. Bad Bad Meow has a style that is a nod to the White Stripes and The Violent Femmes.The two front runners in Bad Bad Meow are Alen Kahn (Guitar, lead vocals) and Sarah Sydow (Drums, backing vocals). They were featured on episode #43 of Homoground. You can listen below:
The CD, Big Phat Pussy, begins with the song, “La La La” and begins you on a country rock voyage into the life of Bad Bad Meow. Alen’s falsetto voice hits flawlessly while Sarah carries through with her backup beats and vocals throughout the entire CD. Their song, “Drink and Regret” truly showcases how strong this band is with their punch-in-the-face lyrics and robust sounds. Bad Bad Meow forces you to face the evils in your life and then drink them away with smile on your face. “Wheel” most exposes their country influences as it asks that million dollar question, “How does it make you feel?” If you happen to live in the Windy City you are bound to see a free show by them at the Gallery Cabaret on any Sunday night.
Recently I went up to Chicago to hang out with Sarah and meet the new lady in her life. By default, I met Alen and he even let me crash at his house a few days while in town. It was three days of seeing the sites, drinking in the night and eating at their favorite Mexican restaurant. Of course, I introduced them to Homoground. I have since returned from the Windy City but they have agreed to let Homoground & friends in on their life a little bit.
Homoground: How did the band conspire?
Sarah Sydow – Al and I met when he moved to New Bern, NC (where I grew up) and would jam a few songs at an open mic for over two years. He moved to Chicago at the end of ’09. We recorded a record just before he moved as The Slapchops. It was great. Al had been trying to convince me to move to Chicago with him. Finally in June of 2010 I came to visit and he won. I moved a month & a half later. He had already been playing with our lap steel guitarist Chris Ray by the time I got here. Al had been wanting to change things up a bit so he switched from an electric guitar to an acoustic and we renamed the band Bad Bad Meow.
HG: Where did the name Bad Bad Meow come from?
Bad Bad Meow is set to officially release a vinyl and digital download November 30th, at The Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL.