Badflower on Current Single "Ghost" & Forthcoming Album 'OK, I'm Sick'

December 3, 2018

By Scott T. Sterling

When KROQ joq Stryker sat down with the members of breakout Los Angeles band, Badflower, he quickly discovered that success hasn’t spoiled them yet.

“We’re not used to this. We’re usually not allowed into places like this. We still feel like a garage band that doesn’t have anything going on,” laughed singer Josh Katz. “It’s all new. We haven’t had the time to really soak it in. We’ve also had a very busy schedule, so.”

The band explained how they initially got together, with Josh and guitarist Joseph Paul Morrow meeting up with bassist Alex Espiritu at a Halloween house party where he—Alex—was playing in three different bands over the course of the night.

“I think that impressed them,” Espiritu recalled of the fateful night where Badflower first began to sprout.

The guys also revealed Badflower’s roots in Simi Valley’s Santa Susana High School, where Alex and Josh both attended, but weren’t friends at the time.

It’s a high school that has one pretty big KROQ connection, with Stryker blowing the band’s collective mind when he shared that Santa Susana was the site of the station’s “Punk Rock Prom” featuring blink-182 way back in the year 2000.

Guitarist Morrow came into the picture after moving down to L.A. from Northern California and meeting up with Josh in an apartment building where they were both living. After making a musical connection and switching roommates so they could live together, the pair came up with the master plan of building a studio.

“We spent all of our money on recording gear, because we thought that we could record other bands. We had all these dumb dreams that didn’t work,” Katz cracked. “The one dream that worked was being in a rock and roll band. That never happens.”

Drummer and Pittsburgh native Anthony Sonetti started down a musical path at a very early age via his grandmother, a piano teacher. After quickly losing interesting in playing the piano, he started banging on the drums at the tender age of seven.

The light-hearted interview took a pretty serious turn when a question about the travails of being a baby rock band dealing with its first taste of success inspired Josh to share his personal battles with anxiety.

“Like huge, humongous anxiety problems,” he revealed. “But then again, I have to backtrack and say that’s probably the best thing that could have happened to the band, because the song that we wrote was inspired by that, and I don’t think that song would have been written had I not been having panic attacks onstage every night and not wanting to make music anymore.”

The song in question is “Ghost,” the powerful and stunning single that takes a hard and honest look at the thoughts and emotions that lead people to suicide. The overwhelming response to the track has catapulted Badflower to this moment in the spotlight, and has inspired both their exploding new fanbase and mainstream media to take notice.

“Easy,” was how Josh responded to Stryker’s question about the level of difficulty he felt sharing such deep and personal feelings out into the world with the track.

“Difficult a little bit to show it to family and friends, but also it was the best thing I could have done, because it opened up the dialogue within my circles, just like how the song is helping other people to open up the dialogue within their own family circles,” Josh shared. “It’s been easier to perform now that the song is a single and people are showing up to the shows having listened to that and being fans of that song. When I go out on stage, I can be entirely myself. If I’m feeling anxious or panicky, I can say whatever I want to this audience, and not have to put on some fake show like I’m somebody that I’m not. It makes it much easier and better and satisfying to perform because of that connection we have now with our audience.”

The singer went on to admit that success and adulation is far from a cure for his anxiety, but that it’s just a step towards finding that inner peace we all strive to achieve.

“I don’t know how to cure it. I just know how to stop giving it so much power, I suppose. That’s just by confronting it head on.”

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Stryker and the band continued down this revealing path for the rest of the interview, enough so that Josh likened it to a therapy session. It’s a frank and honest discussion that transcends promoting a song and goes into something far more important. Click on the video link and watch the full clip. It’s well worth the time.

The guys eventually went on to talk about Badflower’s upcoming debut album, OK, I’m Sick, which at the moment is comprised of 13 tracks that are pretty much ready to rock your world—after much deliberation, tinkering and remixing. It drops on February 22, but in the meantime they’re primed and ready to hit the stage of this year’s KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas.

“We set out to make something that so clearly every single song you can tell it was made now,” is how Josh categorized OK, I’m Sick. “That’s what I’m so proud of.”