Los Angeles-based alternative indie band BADTALKERS is at it again, their new track “No Pity” slaking any thirst for high energy summer beats by seducing its audience with easy-going, feel good vibes. Simultaneously, the lyrics themselves are incredibly serious and topical.

“‘No Pity’ touches on the gun violence and drug epidemic in the United States,” drummer Christian Edusada explains. “We wanted to reflect on our daily experiences living in urban communities, as well as current events involving police brutality, protests, and acts of terrorism within the country.”

We caught up with the guys, and here’s what they had to say:

How did you all meet?

We met through mutual bands and mutual friends, a few years back and decided to partner up to do something different.

At what point did you know that this is what you wanted to make a career out of?

We realized at a young age that music is what we’d love to make a living doing. We understand how far of a reach it can be in this oversaturated market, but we’ll see how far we can go.

Who influences you musically and non musically?

Musically, we have a wide range of influences from NWA to The Smiths. Non musically, Anthony Bourdain.

“No Pity” touches on personal experiences…was it difficult for you to share that in a public sense such as a song?
It wasn’t very difficult to share, as it’s something we’ve become used to. We understand how difficult it can be for certain listeners that have been affected personally, and can heavily relate.

As a young person in America do you feel it’s harder to be taken seriously on stances such as current events and national issues?

It’s always going to be tough, because everyone is different. Some people are open to having a conversation, while others will believe what they want to believe. Whether people take BADTALKERS seriously or not, we’re just utilizing the opportunity and platform we have to voice what we experience daily.

Your music has a political point; Do you believe it’s easier to create a dialogue through art such as your music?

It’s much easier for us, since music and writing is what we we’re best at.

What impact do you want to make for your listeners as an artist?

We want to prove, as minorities, that we can grow and be successful in a market that’s overpowered by artists fabricated with attraction and conventional music. We hope this inspires others to work hard towards their goals, and not let others decide for them, whether they can make it or not.

Keep up with Badtalkers here.

Meredith Schneider