Five Questions With… The Bad Tones

Band: The Bad Tones
Country of Origin: Latvia
Photo by Niklāvs Kotovičs

Latvian band The Bad Tones play anything but. Their blend of jazz, blues, folk and classic rock motifs swirl together into a dreamy, fresh form of psychedelic rock. Fans of The War On Drugs and My Morning Jacket will appreciate the band’s calming combination of joy and melancholy captured on their 2019 release Is It Good Enough?.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without)

There are many, and constany changing, but one of the ones could be Dark Side Of The Moon.

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

Alberts and Edvards are childhood friends, they started playing together when they where around 11-12. Alberts met with Rudolfs and Kalvis in Riga, in music high school. Then we figured, that we could jam together and that led to a formation of a band.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

The underground screen is generally good, ranging from ok to few musicians, who can really blow your mind. And the mainstream is, well….

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

It’s different fror each band member, but for me it’s visual art, movies, tv series, books and people around me. Generally it could be the need to strive, to grow as musician and as a person.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

It was not the usual gig. We were the opening act for a festival in Latvia called “Ezera Skaņas”. The stage is in the middle of the lake, and the listeners are all in boats. We started playing in complete darkness and played 1.5 hours until the sunrise. We composed completely new material for this occasion, based on Latvian folk song. The lyrics of the main theme were “I’m not afraid of the wolf “ (only in Latvian and the performance was mostly instrumental). We also invited a sax player Ukko Heinonen from Finland and percussion player Dzintars Vīksna to join us. It was a magical night / morning for everyone.


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.