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Retro-indie arrives: Bad Suns, good kids

Indie-rock has now been around long enough to have grown several subgenre appendages. Which means we will be busy hyphenating everything in sight for the foreseeable future. Surely, this will become annoying. But it will have its uses.

For example, when we want to describe the music of Southern California quartet Bad Suns, it’s nice that we can fall back on “retro-indie,” because as obnoxious as the descriptive might be, in this case, it fits.

What this young band, formed in 2012, has already proven itself more than adept at is the commingling of “classic” indie (Smiths, Wire, Cure, “Sandinista”-era Clash) with the brash, infectious attitude of present-day youth culture.

You can hear all of these influences on the band’s debut full-length, “Language & Perspective,” which boasts some of the frenzied, Kate Bush-inspired percussion favored by Foster the People and the Arcade Fire, but marries ebullience to guitar playing that might make Echo and the Bunnymen’s Will Sergeant smile and nod in recognition.

The combination of these stylistic influences and musical tropes results in a sound that is fresh, infectious and brimming with vitality. Which may be why the Bad Suns is being celebrated as one of the most promising young bands going. The Bad Suns perform an all-ages show at 7 p.m. Friday in the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). The Get Money Squad, the Demos and the Odd Times will open.

- Jeff Miers

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