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A trio of jazz-tinted instrumentalists and producers from Canada

Get the album Talk Memory here

Pianist Matthew Tavares, drummer Alexander Sowinski and bassist Chester Hansen met as students in Toronto’s Humber College jazz programme and bonded over their love of MF Doom and Odd Future. It wasn’t long before the three jazz nerds were jamming together.

In 2010, they formed a band, taking their name BADBADNOTGOOD from a comedy TV project that Tavares was working on and later abandoned. The three-piece enjoyed re-interpreting all styles of music through the prism of their jazz training and often with a hip-hop production perspective.

Among their early projects was a cover of Gucci Mane’s Lemonade, which then morphed into Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt’s Orange Juice. When BADBADNOTGOOD released it as part of The Odd Future Sessions on YouTube, it attracted the attention of Tyler, The Creator, who helped the video go viral and later wound up doing a live jam session with them in Sowinski’s basement.

In the early ’10s, BADBADNOTGOOD also released their debut EP BBNG followed a few months later by their debut album of the same name. Plus, after meeting producer Frank Dukes (The Weeknd, Post Malone), they recorded and unveiled two live albums – BBNGLive and BBNGLive 2.

In a very short span of time, BADBADNOTGOOD went from playing raucous house parties to performing at bars and festivals. They were even invited to Coachella in 2012 to serve as the house band.

BADBADNOTGOOD’s first album of completely original material, III, came out in 2014. The next year they released Sour Soul in collaboration with rapper Ghostface Killah. The project also featured guest spots from their hero, the late MF DOOM, as well as Danny Brown and Elzhi.

In 2016, the band released IV, their first album to feature saxophonist and their longtime touring partner Leland Whitty. The album also boasted collaborations with artists including Future Islands frontman Sam Herring, Haitian-Canadian musician Kaytranada and Canadian singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson.

In the years that followed, Tavares stepped back from the group. He announced his departure from BADBADNOTGOOD in 2019, but still continues to collaborate with them as a contributing songwriter.

In 2021, they released the lead singles Signal From That Noise and Beside April (along with a video inspired by the first-ever film footage from 1878’s Horse In Motion). Their fifth album Talk Memory was set for release on 8 October 2021 and BADBADNOTGOOD also confirmed December 2022 UK tour dates.


6 Dec 2022 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
9 Dec 202 – O2 Institute 1, Birmingham
10 Dec 2022 – Albert Hall, Manchester
11 Dec 2022 – O2 Academy, Bristol


BADBADNOTGOOD are touring the UK from 6 – 11 December 2022 in support of their new album Talk Memory.

BADBADNOTGOOD will be visiting the following UK cities on their 2022 tour:

  • London
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Bristol

Tickets for BADBADNOTGOOD’s tour dates go on sale from 10:00 on Friday 17 September 2021.