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“The Bad Fathers posit themselves as Iowa City’s live hip-hop bad-boys: imposing mohawks, endless consumption of beer, and a hit-and-run strategy with the fairer sex. But in reality they go much deeper than cartoonish caricature. This pensive track (Kith Me On the Lisp) showcases their ability to reflect beneath the surface….This song is my soundtrack for 2007.” --Cokemachine Glow
The band has released two full length albums, Go Poke a Hole in Yourself (2004), Angels in the Chamber (2005), and a 12’ vinyl Swallow for Iowa (2003). Angels… has received much critical acclaim and achieved commercial success during Warped Tour ’05. URB magazine’s review of Angels said, “Mixing the free-for-all fun of punk rock with the street sensibility of hip hop & sexy swagger of reggae, Bad Fathers bring an amusing, sarcastic and intelligent project.” The album features the song “Bragging Rights”, a collaboration with Grammy Award winning vocalist Cee Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley fame.
“This album is well done, features a wide variety of sounds, from dub, to new-wave, to punk, and wraps it up in a tight cocoon of hip-hop party vibes.” --Punk TV
Bad Fathers have appeared on Fuse Televisions’ “Tattoo Stories” and on Fuse’s “Warped Tour Wrap Up”. The song, “Guess What Daddy Wants,” is featured in the 2008 MGM film, “College.” The song “January” was pressed on half a million discs for UPN’s Digital Lounge Series. Another single, “Too Fat to Strip,” charted on numerous college radio charts including Record Breakers, Rapattacklives.com, and Insomniac. “Hurting,” is featured in Ronnie Romero’s latest wakeboarding movie UPDOG.
“Discomforting oddity of the day award goes to Iowa’s own Bad Fathers.” --The Boston Herald
Bad Fathers have recently relocated to Los Angeles, California. They are currently in post production for the much anticipated new album, Sex Defender. A video for the single “I Care Less About the Bitches” is available for viewing on Youtube and on the band’s myspace.
“In the tradition of the notorious Iggy Pop, Axl Rose, and Tommy Lee; comes hip hop’s own bad boys: Bad Fathers.” --Black Beat Magazine