The Bads – is a vehicle for the musical escapades of Brett Adams and Dianne Swann. Created under the fiery skies of Waitakere, Aotearoa – New Zealand.
Since their return to live in New Zealand the duo has released 3 albums as The Bads, (2005’s Earth from Space, and 2009’s So Alive, and 2013’s Travel Light – which reached #3 on The NZ Music Album Charts) The song and the album So Alive were nominated for the Best Country song and album in 2010.
The Bads have toured the country extensively, opened WOMAD 2014 as “Tim Finn and The Bads”, and invited Australian legendary songwriter, Don Walker to New Zealand to collaborate on a series of shows. They have opened for Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Tim Finn, Joan Armatrading, The Swell Season, The Jayhawks and Rodrgio Y Gabriela. At the end of 2014 the band were invited to Melbourne to play support for Rodriguez.
Both have lent their talents to other prominent NZ musical projects in the last few years, making scheduling time for their own projects tricky. In 2015 Dianne and Brett have juggled itineraries and made time for their favourite project – The Bads. The band headlined a show this year at Waiheke Jazz festival, embarked on a 14 date tour of New Zealand with folk rock band Great North and then travelled to Nashville to play at Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam and impressive invitation to perform at the revered Ryman Theatre. They returned home to NZ to headline a sold-out show at the beautiful Rotorua Museum.
Summer of 2016 was dedicated to writing new music, and those tunes were recorded on and off through the winter months with Ben Edwards at Sitting Room Studios in Lyttelton. The album Losing Heroes is out now.
Dianne and Brett are skilled music producers and have produced music for several TV Series, including Homegrown, Hunger for The Wild and Coasters. They have had songs feature in films and TV shows in New Zealand, Australia and the US.