Meticulousness ensures singularity. Bad Omens carefullydirect each nuance of their music, approaching the process with an auteurmindset. The California quartet—Noah Sebastian [lead vocals], Joakim “Jolly”Karlsson [lead guitar, vocals], Nicholas Ruffilo [bass], and Nick Folio[drums]—explore the enigmatic idiosyncrasies of their signature sound on 2019’sFinding God Before God Finds Me [Sumerian Records], imbuing cinematicelectronics and gospel stature into metallic melodies.
Produced by Noah and Jolly, the ten-track trip unfurls likethe sonic equivalent of a gripping existential drama.
“What makes us a rock band is the fact we play instruments,but we’ve always been pretty experimental in terms of post-production,”explains Noah. “We dove after a specific sound without boundaries. Whatseparates us is the attention to detail in every song.”
Bad Omens diligently worked to hone this approach sincetheir 2016 self-titled debut. As the entire tracklisting tallied nearly 30million streams, the breakthrough single “The Worst In Me” leapt past the 8million mark on Spotify. Meanwhile, “Glass Houses” clocked 4.7 million Spotifystreams, “Exit Wounds” racked up 2.6 million Spotify streams, and “Reprise (TheSound of the End),” “The Fountain,” “F E R A L,” and “Enough, Enough Now” eachexceeded 1 million-plus on the platform. Along the way, they received looksfrom Alternative Press, New Noise, and Revolver and touredalongside everyone from Parkway Drive to Bullet For My Valentine and AskingAlexandria. Following Warped Tour 2017, the group commenced writing forwhat would become Finding God Before God Finds Me.
In addition to expanding the sonic structure under theinfluence of the Hillsong UNITED and other gospel production, Noah endeavoredto brighten up the thematic palette as well.
“The last record was so melancholic, sad, dark, andnihilistic at points,” he admits. “Before we started really writing the newrecord, I went through some things that opened up my mind and made me realizewho I wanted to be as a musician, what message I wanted to send, and thefeeling I needed to inspire. This is predominantly hopeful. There’s a sense ofunderdogs overcoming adversity. We should be a safe place for people. There’salso a musical feeling of uplifting catharsis. It’s not entirely happy or sad,but more so regal.”