Bad Moves' debut LP "Tell No One" out 9/21 on Don Giovanni Records
Posted on July 25th, 2018

Out September 21st, Tell No One is the debut full-length by Washington, D.C.’s Bad Moves, recorded at Philadelphia's Headroom Studio by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along). Preorder here and watch a music video for the first single "Spirit FM" on Stereogum.

Spirit FM video directed by David Combs, Katie Park, and Ben Epstein for Baby Pony Food Productions.

Sharpening the themes of the band's 2016 self-titled EP, Tell No One is a power pop album whose 12 songs balance brashness and vulnerability, volume and tenderness. Collectively, the songs tell a story about self-discovery in childhood: exploring how intense emotional moments often arrive before we're old enough to understand them, and how those regrets and revelations ripple into adult life.

While the songs are personal, the arrangements are crafted to avoid centering any specific narrator. Instead, Bad Moves speaks in a collective voice, chanting in unison and swapping lead vocals between members. For the band, it's a way to get around the idea of a frontperson — but more than that, it highlights how even the most personal story can touch something universal

On Tell No One, those stories are often rooted in unease: New thoughts, desires and feelings come to light only to be quickly hidden away. The music, however, is far from moody: Bad Moves explores discomfort in the spirit of moving forward, creating a dialogue between past and present selves, all communicated via perfectly tuned power pop.

Bad Moves is Emma Cleveland, David Combs, Katie Park and Daoud Tyler-Ameen. Formed in 2015, the band has since toured the U.S. and U.K. alongside Jeff Rosenstock, Nana Grizol, The Spook School and Martha. The members also appeared as animated characters in a 2018 episode of the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek.


9.21 - Washington, DC *
9.22 - Brooklyn, NY *
9.23 - Philadelphia, PA *
10.12 - Richmond, VA +
10.13 - Athens, GA +
10.14 - Savannah, GA +
10.15 - Orlando, FL +
10.16 - Miami, FL +
10.17 - Tallahassee, FL +
10.18 - New Orleans, LA +^
10.19 - Birmingham, AL +^
10.20 - Nashville, TN +^
10.21 - Charlottesville, VA +

* w/ The Obsessives
+ w/ Nana Grizol
^ w/ Lee Bains III + The Glory Fires