Baddies is the second single to be taken from Lanterns On The Lake's fourth studio album Spook The Herd that is released via Bella Union in February 2020. The track takes aim at the way the world has become a less friendly and understanding place, how differences are highlighted by those seeking to use them to manipulate people's opinions for their own benefit.
The band's Hazel Wilde expands on the meaning of the song - “Baddies is a song about the rising tide of anger and hate in the world that seems to have been unleashed over the last few years, with those in positions of power and influence actively encouraging it for their own ends, and the polarisation of society as a result. It is about the need for the individual, the underdog, to stand up to it, but the fact that in doing so we become part of it. We become someone else’s baddie.”
Not just intent on sitting back and commenting, Lanterns On The Lake are donating half the proceeds from Baddies to Stop Funding Hate, an organisation set up to combat the fuelling of media rhetoric and sensationalism that fuels division, bigotry and hate in society by focusing on their sources of revenue - advertisers. More details about their work can be found here.
Spook The Herd is released on February 21 on vinyl, CD and download via Bella Union and can be preordered via their web store.
They tour in April calling at Leeds Brudenell (2), Manchester Deaf Institute (3), Newcastle Boiler Shop (4), London Earth (15), Brighton Patterns (16), Exeter Phoenix (17), Nottingham Bodega (18), Birmingham Castle And Falcon (22), Norwich Waterfront Studio (23), Cambridge Portland Arms (24), Bristol Thekla (25), Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (30), Belfast Sports Club (May 1) and Dublin Lost Lane (2).
Lanterns On The Lake's official website can be found here and they are on Facebook and Twitter.