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“Today, Brooklyn Vegan has premiered “The Ballad Of Satan’s Bride,” the third single release from new Athens, GA band The Bad Ends, featuring Mike Mantione of Five Eight and our very own Bill Berry.”
The Bad Ends, the Athens, GA band that's led by Five Eight's Mike Mantione and features drummer Bill Berry in his first group since REM, will release their debut album, ‘The Power and the Glory,‘ on January 20.
R.E.M. HQ, The Bad Ends releases their fourth single “Mile Marker 29” from their debut album, The Power And The Glory, available from New West Records
Apparently, it didn’t take all that much to coax Bill Berry out of retirement. “In my later life, I’ve preferred playing guitar or piano, but it was fun to grab the sticks again after a two-decade hiatus,” says R.E.M.’s founding drummer, who played...
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The first single caught my ear (the weird guitar licks), but the others haven’t broken through for me.
A review of The Bad Ends debut from American Songwriter, as mirrored from
The Bad Ends/The Power and the Glory/New West Records. 3.5 Out Of Five Stars The significance of the debut album by this supergroup of sorts, The Bad Ends, cannot be underestimated. For starters, it marks the first appearance on record by...
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Bill Berry and Mike Mantione talk about their band The Bad Ends beginnings. Article from Uncut as posted on
R.E.M.’s Bill Berry tells us about The Bad Ends, his ‘Athens supergroup’ with Five Eight frontman Mike Mantione
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Great album! Bill wrote, and plays on most of the instruments, on an instrumental titled “Ode to Jose”, which is beautiful but kind of resembles “Leave”!
This week’s cover story from Flagpole.
Serendipity has a way of revealing profound opportunities during life’s seemingly mundane moments. Consider the case of Mike Mantione and The Bad Ends: Mantione, the singer and guitar player with Athens’ alternative rock fixture Five Eight, was...
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I finally gave the album a listen on Spotify. Not bad, but I think the lyrics/vocals were the weak link at times.
Ode to Jose is interesting, since it’s apparently a Bill Berry composition. Could easily be an Automatic for the People-era outtake. I don’t know how much the rest of the Bad Ends band added to it, but the arrangement reminds me of what post-Berry REM was sometimes missing.