Riff Fest Artist: Bad Omens’ Noah Sebastian on ‘The Death of Peace of Mind’
Bad Omens are playing the main stage at Riff Fest 2023. The band is selling out shows across America. In fact, their current tour is pretty much sold out on every date. So, if you haven’t seen Bad Omens live yet, this is your chance. Bad Omens’ Noah Sebastian is suddenly in the spotlight, and it’s a different place for him. He’s happy that people are embracing the band’s latest album, The Death of Peace of Mind, especially because it’s so experimental.
“Initially, a lot of people didn’t really get our new album, because there are a lot of pop influences on there,” he told Metal Hammer. “But when you make an album that is as experimental as we did, it’s not always going to capture people immediately. Our song Just Pretend just got picked up on TikTok, and it just sort of snowballed from there…”
He added that the band just didn’t care what anyone thought when recording their new album. They did what felt right to them.
“We were too cautious and worried about what we were supposed to be doing back on those first two albums,” he said. “I’ve said I wished The Death Of Peace Of Mind was our debut, because it’s the first time we just did what we wanted to do. I don’t know about you, but I get really frustrated by metal – not the music, but the attitude where unless you have a breakdown part in every song, it’s not good music. If it’s not heavy then it sucks.”
Find more on Riff Fest here, including information on all of the acts. I discovered the band last year and made Bad Omens my favorite rock and metal band of 2022. Read the full Metal Hammer interview here. Also, check out some of Anne Erickson of WRIF’s favorite Bad Omens songs below.