THREE TIMES BAD is “a hot new San Francisco string [band] born from the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed, transmedia novel badbadbad” (Hood River News) by bandmate Jesus Angel Garcia. One of Reverb Nation’s top Bay Area bluegrass/roots combos, THREE TIMES BAD plays “dirty American roots music” (The Register-Guard). Think: “Epic moustaches and bent bluegrass” (The Source Weekly),... more
THREE TIMES BAD is “a hot new San Francisco string [band] born from the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed, transmedia novel badbadbad” (Hood River News) by bandmate Jesus Angel Garcia. One of Reverb Nation’s top Bay Area bluegrass/roots combos, THREE TIMES BAD plays “dirty American roots music” (The Register-Guard). Think: “Epic moustaches and bent bluegrass” (The Source Weekly), old-school blues and country, hillbilly swing, Appalachian rags, Gypsy jazz, freak preachery, murder ballads, honkytonk, folk punk, story songs, and hot singalongs.
Many of the lyrics come directly from scenes in the novel, which trains its high beams on 21st century Americana, where sex, God and rock ‘n’ roll meet the social web. In his five-star review of the book, James Greer (Guided by Voices) said, “Garcia aims to unsettle your assumptions about class, about gender, about sex, about religion, about identity: in short, about yourself, and what it means to be human in an inhuman world.” THREE TIMES BAD carries on this artistic exploration with a Southern Gothic approach to songwriting and dynamic live performances in the family of the Devil Makes Three and Old Crow Medicine Show — with a nod to Americana forefathers Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Uncle Dave Macon.
Led by unrepentant freak preacher/transmedia artist Jesus Angel (on acoustic geetar, banjo, and lead vocals), the THREE TIMES BAD collective performs in various core configurations, from quartet to duo, and often welcomes guest players on the stage. The current lineup features mandolinist Thomas Romero, fiddler JP Duboucheron, and upright bassist Megan McDevitt. In the great American roots tradition, everyone in the group sings.
Since forming in March of 2012, THREE TIMES BAD has played nearly 100 electrifying shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and up and down the Pacific Coast, including all three days at the 2013 Ink n Iron Festival (with headliner Iggy & the Stooges!), two consecutive years at the Humboldt Hills Hoedown music fest (with Hellbound Glory, the Brothers Comatose, Hillstomp, Polecat, Dead Winter Carpenters, Hot Buttered Rum, and other world-class roots bands), and the infamous Boograss! Halloween Hoedown & Burlesque Show (with Pine Box Boys) at Slim’s, one of SF’s premier music venues. The group has released a free concert album download — Goodbye Taxes, Hello Mary Jane! Live at the Brick & Mortar — and the single “Possum Stew” appears on the November benefit compilation for the Central Oregon nonprofit Healthy Beginnings.
American Sojourn, THREE TIMES BAD’s debut studio recording, was released on CD in May. Jesus is producing videos and short films for all 15 songs on the album. Four have been posted on YouTube so far. The band will tour the West Coast this summer, including festival appearances at the Ink n Iron, 38th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Fest, and the Bend Summer Fest.less