Ben Wood & The Bad Ideas have decided to put out a single a month for all of 2020. Black is the band’s offering for August. Released on Friday the 28th August, on Back2Forward Records, this high-octane track is the group’s second consecutive collaboration with Los Angeles based producer Jeff O’Rourke. The track, their 8th of release in an interesting year for the music industry, is a song about questioning yourself and the path you’re on. It also examines the often bleak thoughts that come with that territory. The band discussed their new single as well as some of their favourite venues they cannot wait to play again.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Black?
We’ve been delighted with the response to Black. It means the world to us that people are listening to it and enjoying it. It makes us feel all our hard work is worth it.
TF: How would you sum up the single in one sentence?
Black is an introspective examination of one’s prospects, loves, hopes and dreams.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
Black marks single number eight of an ambitious plan to release a new song every month during 2020. Since unleashing it, in August, we’ve moved straight on to You Were The Crash I Needed. We’re so proud of it; we love it. After that, we need to get the October release together and carry on all the way to the end of the year.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Sadly, too many of our favourite venues are gone or are under threat. We loved the historic 12 Bar in London. The Dublin Castle is another legendary London venue that is now struggling. It’s so important that the entire community, not just the musical one, does all it can to support all venues, especially the ones that are having a hard time.
Coda and Three Wise Monkeys in my home town of Colchester, Essex are the absolute business, too.