By: Alex D
From the first moments of Keating’s new single “Bad Habits,” which dropped on June 10, the atmosphere is set. It sounds like the theme song to a show like Westworld or Longmire, which is to say, this song embodies all the badassery that we know of westerns, from the original “3:10 to Yuma” to the remake with Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. Hell, this song IS Christian Bale as Dan Evans. It’s Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. It’s Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa. It’s any badass dropped in a desert scene shooting their way out.
The vocals of Jack Doran carry us through vignette after vignette of semi-nihilistic situations. From “Every damn door, every damn door, every damn minute is a cast away,” to “let me stand still on a land mine until you turn into a tail light,” Doran paints the picture that his bad habits are going to catch up to him sooner rather than later. All the while his organ-esque key playing fills the voids of sound.
The bass played by track producer Glenn Davis is thick and deep with a slight fuzz to dirty the track up a bit, but played so clean! On the guitar we have Stephen Kainec whose leads cut like a knife throughout. You will also hear some angelic notes from Maddy Ciampa in the chorus.
This song is a slight departure compared to the material on Absolution EP, released back on March 3 of this year, but still sits quite nicely within the collection of songs. This one is definitely going in my daily playlist--I can’t get enough! Catch this song along with many other amazing tunes live and in person next Tuesday, June 19 at Spacebar when Keating plays alongside Lazyeyes of Brooklyn, New York, and locals The Bascinets.