Bad Day Loser by Suburbiasuburbia –
Australian rock-blues provocateurs Suburbiasuburbia return, with Bad Day Loser, the follow-up to their last sonic ram-raid Bruce Hwy Elbow, which attracted tonnes of interest from radio and streaming platforms across the country. Bad Day Loser is an up to the minute slice of pure unashamed rock with all of the band’s might and mettle intact: mischievous sense of humour, unfettered musical performances and an utterly persuasive classic-rock stance. The new track bursts out of the speakers in an unrelenting fashion and doesn’t let up. The combination of guitars and harmonica across a rock steady rhythm section provides the classic combination, with the blues-inspired vocal performance adding to the Sensurround rock effect. As is typical of Suburbiasuburbia’s approach, the lyric’s barebones, direct narrative engine mirrors the no-frills, full-throttle musical landscape, creating a rousing, pummelling blanketing effect. The style is AC/DC meets Motorhead, with a healthy and humorous dose of various Australian undertones, from the lyric to that musical blend which has its origins in 70s pub rock, the wailing mouth organ set against the distorted guitar chugs. The song is about losing the lot but gaining something else in return. As the band says, ‘Bad Day Loser is a song about losing the lot but finding a way. The track refers to the much-vaunted slippery slide of compounding conditions thrown up by life.’ And what a series of conditions the narrative offers: from exposed loose-lipped patrolmen, devastating floods, photo albums drifting down the storm drains, burnt down phone towers, to living in a tent in a park, Bad Day Loser blends stark, sobering images with an indestructible desire to survive, all communicated in the band’s signature sound and a sense of resilience, wit, and playfulness. Suburbiasuburbia’s new track is sure to add momentum to their ongoing campaign for Australian blues-rock supremacy.