Northern Ireland’s Bad Fit are shiny and new – they came together in 2015 and played their first show this June, but they certainly sound like a unit that’s been together awhile and they already carry a reputation.
Recognized locally as “the baddest band in Belfast” a reputation that possibly comes from the fact that a couple of them previously played in hardcore punk and hip hop bands, or maybe it’s an attitude?
It’s certainly not because of their sound. Unless it means “bad” as in “good”…
Their first single – Strong Forever is a keeper – a mix of Honeyblood, Best Coast and the 90s alt-pop of The Lemonheads and Belly, all sweet and jangly and full of pop hooks.
It’s created quite a buzz and there’s new song coming soon.
In the meantime we touched base with them to see what makes them tick.
Danny McConaghie (guitar), Grace Loughrey (vocals and guitar), Megan O’Kane (bass and vocals), Pando (drums)
Tell us about your hometown scene…
Grace: We’re based in Belfast where there is a pretty thriving local scene. It’s changed a lot over the past couple of years and we’re seeing more new bands emerging which is great. We’re all originally from small towns in the north of Ireland where music was a big part of growing up.
What influences Bad Fit lyrically?
Grace: The lyrics are about the usual stuff – relationships, friendships, trying to be happy. Bright Eyes, Brand New and Weezer are artists that have mostly influenced the way I write lyrics.
Describe your sound as a cocktail – what would it be called and what would be in it?
Pando: Bad Fit – 1/2 beer 1/2 red wine
Danny: Beer Fizz – beer and champagne.
Megan: A four pack of the cheapest beer from your local off licence, served in a bucket. With a silly straw.
Grace: Since we have some band politics about what the best beers are, our cocktail would be called Bad Fizz, and to be diplomatic it would have equal parts Guinness, Tuborg, Heineken and Bavaria in it.
What song do you remember most from your childhood?
Pando: Invisible Man – Queen
Danny: Hickory Wind – Gram Parsons
Grace: No Limit – 2 Unlimited. Think it was stuck in my head for about five years.
Megan: I Want Your Love – Atomic Kitten. I hate myself
If you could pick any time and place to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
Pando: Any time pre 1995 where a career in music may have been profitable
Danny: Late 80s/early nineties where rock stars still existed and you could make money and have the time of your life.
Grace: New York in the 1970s
Megan: Ahhhh. I gotta say the 60’s. Motown forever. The world needs more soul and coordinated outfits.
What tunes are currently on heavy rotation for you…
Pando: Courtney Barnett, Against Me, always Weezer
Danny: Rock the fuck on Forever – Angel Du$t –
Grace: The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala, and 1973 by Beth Orton
Megan: Everything – Kaytranada, Busdriver, Anderson Paak and Thundercat atm.
If you could tour with any band/artist right now who would that be and why?
Danny: Oasis. Cause when they reform they’ll be playing the biggest shows earth has ever seen
Grace: Tame Impala – their live show looks amazing. Definitely not Oasis though.
Megan: Father John Misty, because his Instagram game is almost as strong as Bad Fit’s.
What would Bad Fit do with $100,000?
Pando: Sick practice space, complete with beer fridge
Danny: Do something to help ex-musicians who are in trouble financially
Grace: Make some amazing music videos and book a world tour. Practice room beer fridge is also very important.
Megan: Drink beers, get some new gear, buy Pando some shirts because he always seems to have his top off.
Give us your 10 song playlist for the tour van/bus/plane?
Across the Sea – Weezer
Roxanne – The Police
Africa – Toto
Morning Side – Four Tet
Pushing Me Away – Turnstile
He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot – Granddaddy
Boyfriend – Best Coast
Waiting For Tonight – J-Lo
Lizzo – W.E.R.K pt. II
Crystal Castles – Doe Deer
When you’re not playing and have some time off, where could we find you…
Pando: Playing football and keeping it sports casual
Danny: The bar or running.
Grace: Updating my Instagram
Megan: Drinking cans, washing Medieval era human bones, and reading/writing weird stuff.
What’s up for the rest of 2016?
Pando: Play some shows and continue the band Whatsapp group
Danny: Play some sell out shows, maybe support Pinegrove in Belfast so we can get in free. Otherwise just putting the finishing touches to a time machine to go back to music before Napster when you could still “make it” and earn big cash.
Grace: We’ll be releasing a couple more songs after the summer and playing gigs
Megan: Gigs, new choons and having a good time!
Photo by Megan Doherty Photography