My favorite thing about writing and reviewing new and upcoming artists is trying to figure out who their influences are. It's so interesting to hear an array of interpretations of classics. When I saw that they identified as “Yacht Rock,” I must admit that I grew a bit apprehensive. After all, Steely Dan is my King of Yacht Rock, and I’ve never heard a modern manifestation of the genre that has pleased me.
Don’t be fooled by the name “Bad Business,” listening to this funky new group is good news for you if you love Yacht Rock like me. The EP “Day Job Guys,” is a perfect execution of what Yacht Rock should be—rich melodies and sensual saxophones, a perfect amalgam of jazz, pop, and rock. Each track has a melodious funky beat with a sense of urgency, but with a smooth rhythmic pop. By far my favorite track was “Ride Along,” laden with nostalgia, it felt like I was listening to Steely Dan’s “Peg” for the first time.
This trio is evidently highly talented. Even though they are “just trying to have a good time,” as their bio states, the quality of their music is upstanding and technically astute. Their mastery of the craft is evident in their crisp production and execution. Bad Business knows their music history, and they honor that legacy with their creativity and attention to detail. Bravo, Bad Business, Walter Becker would be proud.
-By Gabi Montiel