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Bad Heaven Ltd.





The Deli Philly’s September Record of the Month: Strength - Bad Heaven Ltd.

Somber strokes of guitar and a light dusting of drums develop the intimate closeness of “Inp,” the first song on Bad Heaven Ltd.’s sophomore album Strength. Amid an overarching sense of loneliness, the power and positivity of personal connection remains as John Galm (ex-Snowing) suggests, “…and I know that evening’s empire won’t absolve this place. I'll burn three cigarettes, and you can call it sage. I'll sigh a benediction after all its praise for thee.”

In contrast to the previous calm, “Almost” immediately rushes and rumbles creating a chaotic, contemplative intensity that then gives way to melancholy strings and a gentle, folk-oriented rumination. “Alex is lonely. They think that their body is worthless. It’s hard to stay hopeful, when you think that you lack a purpose.” There’s a refined elegance as the instrumentation gradually builds with a beautiful release that also seemingly serves as a tribute, rekindling the opening theme: “It’s almost better now.”

With the album’s title track, Galm exudes optimism in the moment of declaring, “Lucky and bored in love with you, it’s reasonably fine. I was not true. Try to be more. We’ll see it through.” The recording is punctuated by a demonstrative blaze of guitar, while “Stick Around” revisits the desire for existential meaning and purpose, bridging the divide and connecting on “…you and I,” and then transforming into an intimate, rejuvenating harmony of a duet, with the addition of keys/synth to retain an ethereal quality.

“100” delves into the weight of despair and loneliness within desolate surroundings. However, despite the frustration depicted in the dreary, folk/Americana setting, a glimmer of hope remains. “Fuck your landlord, it’s not their home. I live for you and for you alone.” In opposition, “Cross” serves as a cheerful song of appreciation for the person that’s always there for you. “I love you like a brother. It never ends. See you every weekend my only friend.” That breezy buoyancy is joyously interrupted by an instrumental foray.

The single, “Bed,” sinks into the sadness of depression and the desire for relief. Those quiet contemplations are infused with the force of unrestrained feedback, before acoustic guitar and piano delicately intertwine on “Forever,” describing a cherished relationship. “I just hope that you’re in my life forever. I thank every lucky star that you were born.”

Strength explores the difficulties that life can present and the redemptive qualities of having someone to rely on. They are two things that don’t always coexist together, but have found each other on this powerful release. – Michael Colavita





Weekend Warrior - August 9 - 11

Bad Heaven Ltd. is the latest project from Snowing’s John Galm, who is also backed by Tyler Bussey (No Thank You, Strange Ranger, The World Is A Beautiful Place…) on guitar and vocals, Ross Barzuk (Snowing) on bass, and Melissa Brain (Amanda X, MARGE) on drums. The band just dropped its new LP Strength last week, the follow-up to the group’s 2016 debut Cool Hell. Originally inspired by acts like Sparklehorse and Elliott Smith, Galm revealed that “Strength is about being young and stupid and thinking things are good and will continue to be good, when realistically they’re not, and it’s just gonna hit you again.” Bad Heaven Ltd. will be bringing all those feels to Philly’s favorite batting cages/DIY space Everybody Hits this Saturday, where they’ll also be joined by Maxwell Stern (of Signals Midwest). – Alexis V.

Other places where you might catch the feels this weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Goodthief, SAT Max Stern, Bad Heaven Ltd.

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Sitcom, AnnonXL, SUN Sparrow Steeple

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN No Thank You, Earth Telephone

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Dumal, Sonja/Function, SAT Truculent/Fame Lust

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Extraordinaires, Eddie Sids, SUN Talie

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Yellowhammer Fund Dance Party: Rana Ransom, DJ Delish, SUN Lovelorn

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI August Burns Red, SAT So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz, SUN Simply Christopher

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Function

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Hoochi Coochi

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Knightlife, Little Fawn, Service Dog/The Savories, FONVERY, Rubber, SUN Hand Me Downs, Spinechain

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Preps, SAT Full Bush

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Trash Knife, Faking, SAT The Stone Eye, SUN Destiny X

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Twentythreenineteen, Here/Now

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SAT Live Band Karaoke, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Homestead Collective, Dylan Jane 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT DJ Elijvh Vrms 

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Menace Cartel, SUN New Pony

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Royale, SAT Bye, Bye Boobies! A Top Surgery Celebration / DJ Ian St Laurent, SUN Sinful Sundays 

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Reef The Lost Cauze, SAT Whitney Peyton

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT The Mojo Machine, The Outlaw Pandas, Sex with Rollercoasters, Rasan In The Heyday

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Episode, The End AD, SAT Loafass (Tape Release), The Barren Marys

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Deck 5, Almost There, Modern Mercury, YelloCake, SAT Uncle Dan, Mr. Lisp

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Splintered Sunlight

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Gloria Deo, PhillyGreen, Humilitarian, SUN No Option, Freeze, Pit Hair 

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SUN Soft Crime

Vox Populi (319 N. 11th St., 3rd FL) FRI Paradise Gardens, Strawberry Hands, Control Point

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) FRI The Wonder Bars

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Datadrift

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI FLNG, Screamcloud

Haus of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Magnetic The Shaman w/Calo, ASCXNSION, Jewelssea, SAT Blueprint, Fracture

Anthorna Gallery (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Alenni, A Million Dollars, SAT The Dark Tournament, Baphomet Nothing

The Tide Pool (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Blame Jakob, Daydrunks

The Buffalo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Rubbish, King AniMal, Manikineter, Gutsack





New Bad Heaven Ltd. LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Strength, the new album from John Galm's (ex-Snowing) Bad Heaven Ltd., has recently arrived. The delicate, intimate narratives wrap the listener in a tranquil, hypnotic state. The soothing, somber dynamic drastically alters when earth-shaking, fuzz-filled force enters the equation. You can catch Bad Heaven Ltd. at The Barbary on Sunday, September 8, as part of a lineup that also includes Very Bad Vibes, Highnoon, and Proper.





New Track: "bed" - Bad Heaven Ltd.

"bed" is the latest single to emerge from strength, the forthcoming album from Bad Heaven Ltd., which is due out on August 2. John Galm (formerly of Snowing) shares that the song "is about being eaten alive. It’s about the dream of relief that comes from living with a chronic mental illness.” The recording hovers between a low-key, illuminated contemplation and bursts of unencumbered feedback. The dichotomy of sound between delicate moments and distorted ferocity provides a multidimensional, musical image.

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