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Bad Friends

Years Active 2016-2017

Genre Rock, Experimental, Blues

Members Jack Flinn - Vocals/Guitar William Vlachou - Guitar Riley Coles - Bass Darren Saldanha - Drums

Describe Your Sound

Heavy/grungy rock with some shoegaze/psych/prog influences. Kinda falls into that category that bands like Alice in Chains (a band we’ve been likened to) and Pearl Jam & stuff did, where they were as much sorta proggy/stoner rock as they were grunge, but just got labeled grunge and were compared to bands like Nirvana.



Originally Jack & Will were writing some music together and playing duo sets under various different names. Jack joined a band called Yaqui Yeti for a very short period with another friend of ours Curtis where he met our drummer Darren (Darren & as of more recently Will both play for Yaqui Yeti as well). Jack didn't stay with Yaqui Yeti for very long but recruited Darren to play drums for the sets he & Will were playing. After playing a few sets with the drums as well they decided they might as well go for the full band setup, at which point they asked Riley to come have a jam with them and subsequently join the band on bass.


FOAM, Hideous Sun Demon, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, The Love Junkies, Mink Mussel Creek, Karnivool, Mt Mountain

Shared Bills With

Ah Trees, The Crystal Moth, Fuzz Toads, Moana, Sophie Hopes, Emily Garlick, Yaqui Yeti, Turtle Bay Television, The Deadbeats, Post Depression Makeout Session, MAJUMBA, Stella Donelly, RAKSHA, YOSH, Yomi Ship, Desert Sonnes

Career Highlights

Honestly the highlight so far has probably been a house show we organised and called Bad Gig #1 at a house in West Leederville. We managed to get a whole bunch of really great bands/friends to play with us, were told the sound on the evening was great, had a guy film a lot of the gig, filled the backyard with about as many people as it could fit, and had just about everyone tell us how much they were looking forward to the next one. We've always been big fans of Perth's DIY gig culture and to be able to contribute to that ourselves, and so successfully, was really gratifying for all of us.

That night we played with The Crystal Moth, Fuzz Toads, Ah Trees, Emily Garlick, Sophie Hopes and Nicko from MAJUMBA.

Besides that, playing at The Bird for the first time with Ah Trees for their video launch was a really great experience as it's a venue we've all attended to see other bands countless times.

Current Activity

Currently just working on a couple of new songs, looking to start playing some gigs with a bit more exposure than the ones we have been so far, and saving up money to record our first EP.

Shared Members With

Yaqui Yeti - Will (Present), Jack & Darren (Past), The Depthless (formerly The Shallows) - Riley (Past)

Research conducted by: Riley Coles

Releases by Bad Friends

HomeSleepHome (Demo)


Red letter (Demo)