Bad Dates Releases its Raw Rock & Roll On Tape Tonight - Hear A Track Now

Mabel Suen
Bad Dates at Apop Records on Record Store Day.

What we like most about St. Louis is...
Gabe Karabell and John Birkner: What's not to like? If you want your fun handed to you on a silver platter (complete with the price tag), bigger, trendier cities on the coast have a lot to offer. If you like Mad Max, riding bikes to the east side, genuine weirdness and neighborhoods that time forgot -- well, I think there's a reason that touring bands think this place is so interesting.

Our favorite aspect of being in a band is... aside from meeting awesome people, traveling, and pizza and beer, it's a real privilege to have your friends actually watch you play and get excited about the bands here. If you're reading this and haven't been to a house show in St. Louis, well... (you're) missing out.

We're most inspired by... underground music in the Midwest.

The most memorable show we've ever played in this project was... While the Bad Dates thrive at south city basement parties, the best shows have happened at our favorite neighborhood bar. There have been so many times at CBGB where it's just totally nuts and awesome. We haven't felt that kind of energy in a while.

Mabel Suen
The St. Louis music scene could use... "a kick in the pants." We have a lot of talented people and awesome bands, but that's just one piece of a music scene. A lot of the folks who work behind the scenes -- booking shows, running venues and record stores, writing blogs and zines, releasing records -- go unappreciated and can't sustain the financial costs involved. So they move away or drop out.

The best post-show food in St. Louis is... You'll find us slurping slingers at the Buttery or the Kingshighway Courtesy Diner, but nine times out of ten we'll end up at John Donut on South Broadway.

Five current artists worth listening to are... Solid Attitude, Slut River, UV Race from Australia, Membrane (Zach M. shoutout!). If you get a chance to see one of Chris Sommer's projects -- Sacred Tapes, Execution Techniques or Gutterpriest -- take it.

Bad Dates/Draw Blood Split Tape Release
Monday, October 28, 9 p.m.
w/ Bruiser Queen, Rat Heart, Shit/Storm
@ CBGB - free

Bad Dates
Thursday, November 14, 9 p.m.
w/ Lazy, Shut-In
@ Schlafly Tap Room - free

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- Beauty Pageant
- Pillow Talk
- The Tennis Lesson
- The Funs
- Brothers Lazaroff
- Quaere Verum
- Mastermind Einstein
- Sarah Bollinger
- Little Big Bangs
- Everything Went Black
- Lions Eat Grass
- Kevin Harris
- Laika
- Heavy Horse
- Barely Free Partial Prisoners
- The Defeated County
- Lizzie Weber
- Kenshiro's
- B.E.L.L.A.
- Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
- Humdrum
- The Blind Eyes

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3163 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

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