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Wednesday, March 5th—Budding Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD are releasing the first official single “Can’t Leave The Night” from their forthcoming debut album III on Innovative Leisure due out May 6th. After teasing the label signing last month with the release of their first new song in almost a year “CS60” on their Soundcloud page, the band is back in full swing and gearing up for a big year, setting things off with this stirring first single premiered by The FADER.
Known for their critically-acclaimed self-released projects and their one of a kind live show, this release marks a debut for BBNG on Innovative Leisure, but III is also the natural progression of BBNG and BBNG II. After staying quiet musically for close to a year, it’s no surprise that this new project defies the expectations that the band has set for itself. “This album is the sum of all the experiences and growth we’ve had over the past couple of years, touring everywhere, playing with all kinds of brilliant people, learning from everyting that’s happened to us, and honing in on this knowledge to make something truly special” explains drummer Alex Sowinski.
Since building their homemade studio in Toronto last year, the band has taken a completely analog approach to all the songwriting, recording, and even mixing of this album, all the way to chosing reel-to-reel audio tape recording over the standard Pro Tools. This process gives way to a very rich record, where the bulk of the songwriting happens up front with Alex’s timing on drums, Chester’s touch on bass, Matthew’s mastery with synths and an extra helping hand from friends for addtitional horns and strings.
BADBADNOTGOOD is a formally trained trio of young musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since first meeting at music school in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken a fresh look at the jazz tradition by setting their sights on the future.
With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a new take on the traditional “standard” applied to the hip hop songbook; writing inspired arrangements for golden era classics instead of one-dimensional covers.
The band hit a landmark when introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like “Rotten Decay”, “Vices” or “UWM” carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance. Since then, they’ve won praise from the four corners of the globe and collaborated with Bootsy Collins, RZA, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, DOOM, and Danny Brown among many. Their notorious live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury.
Now, the inseparable friends are prepping to release their biggest project to date III on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure, a highly-anticipated project ushering in the group’s newest explorations which are proving to be limitless.

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