I have to admit, last week when I saw Mumford and Sons post a cryptic “news coming Monday” tweet and video, I was really hoping that I would have a new single from the band to feature in the Tuesday Tune Up. No such luck. The music gods were not on my side this time. I guess I can’t be too upset though, because while it may not be a new song, Mumford and Sons are releasing a new album in May and a tour stop in Iowa this summer. Hey Minnesota folks who wants to road trip down with me?
On to the actual song for this week! One of my favorite things is when I find a new song by an artist that I love that’s ace on it’s own, but it also fits seamlessly into a playlist of mine. Win, win. That’s what happened again recently. I’ve loved The Kooks since I was a teenager and heard “Naive” for the first time. I was hooked. Since that moment I’ve loved the indie band from Britain. Cue the not a single person is surprised on that line. On the band’s fourth studio album Listen, I found “Bad Habit” and it’s perfect for running.
“Bad Habit” is the perfect combination of the familiar tones The Kooks are known for with a mixture of eclectic techniques that the band hasn’t featured in their music before. It’s bound to please old and new fans alike. It’s a very fresh sound for the band to embark on.
There’s more than one thing that makes “Bad Habit” the perfect indie rock song for running. From the moment the song starts there’s a heavy “Oh, oh” chanting. Imagine that being performed in front of a large audience at a festival! It’s going to be the perfect vibe. Not only that, the multi-layered percussion keeps the pace and is very satisfying. Just don’t get too hooked by the rhythmic clapping that really drives the song forward.
Heads up the video is slightly NSFW. One of these days I promise I’m going to have a music video where it’s just cute kittens playing and I won’t have to put a disclaimer. The video is kind of fun in the ending as it’s more empowering and not exactly what you’d expect.
What song are you really digging this week?
P.S. – Since “Bad Habit” is perfect for my runs, why don’t you check out the rest of my favorite indie rock workout tunes.
Until next time,