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Christo Bowman of Bad Suns on the Meaning of "Indie" and Why He'll Never Leave LA

Los Angeles' Bad Suns formed in 2012 and have quickly made commercial inroads via a couple of nice EPs produced by Eric Palmquist. Blending post punk influences from the late 80's with a modern indie sensibility, the band is capable of channeling both The Clash and The Cure.

From his home in Los Angeles and in anticipation of Thursday night's show with Royal Bangs, frontman Christo Bowman spoke with DC9 about why he would never live anywhere else but Los Angeles.

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The band formed in 2012. How did you guys meet?

Three of us have been playing in bands together since Junior High School. We all met by playing music in other bands. We became involved in a big community of musicians. We just one day started jamming with one another and it sounded good. We decided to form a band.

Los Angeles is a very competitive scene. Have you thought about relocating?

Definitely not, I think that, for us, being in Los Angeles is great because you have all this stuff happening around you. It keeps you from being out of the loop. It works to our advantage. It helps us have access to a lot of bands and venues. We go to a lot of shows.

What was the first show you ever saw?

That was about ten years ago. It was Blink 182 and No Doubt. Our guitar player, Ray Libby, his first show was Weird Al Yankovic. That always makes me laugh.

A lot of the press write ups talk about you being influenced by post punk of the late '80s. Is that a little overstated?

I think I would say that is overstated. We all listen to a lot of different kinds of music and I don't see us limited to any one genre. I think our music is a blend of different ingredients from a lot of music that inspires us. We like certain things mixed together.

Are you comfortable being called an Indie band?

Sure, we are on an independent record label. What does that term mean? It's kind of a loaded term, I suppose. I don't let things like that really bother me. The only way we try and portray ourselves is by making music that we like. People will call us whatever they want to, but that doesn't affect us.

How does the band's songwriting process work?

It's different with every song. Everyone definitely has input during the process. I will come up with the chords and the basic song idea and we will all work out the prospective parts. It is different with each song and I think that helps us keep it fresh. There is not one set formula and it never gets tiring or boring. It's always exciting when a new song comes around.

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