Here's a paradoxical question for you: When is a bad marriage a very good thing? When it's the Boston-based rock band Bad Marriage, of course. And this ain't no faint-hearted, rip-off band like a lot of the newer ones you see now. Nope, these guys are the genuine article, and they have only one goal. That goal, in the words of Mike Fitz, is to "play classic rock and roll in its purest form, trying to capture the classic sound – not a rip-off, not a throwback, but trying for a unique sound."
And Bad Marriage has done
exactly that . . .
As you can hear and as their
website aptly puts
it, "Boston's Bad Marriage comes out of the gate swinging their
hard rock hammer with both fists, laying down blistering boogie with
heavily swung rhythms. Their repertoire digs deep with influences
including AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and Aerosmith. Indulging their
collective thirst for tone and over-driven guitars, Bad Marriage pack
their material with British blues-infused hard rock riffs and gutsy,
And Craig S. Semon, who writes
for the Worcester, MA, Telegram,
describes the band in no uncertain terms: "Who is Bad Marriage,
you ask? Well, they're quite possibly the band that will bring rock
'n' roll back into the forefront. They're that good."
Basically, they play genuine
rock – the kind we like.
The Band's Genesis
Mike Fitz, founder of and lead
guitarist for Bad Marriage, said that the inspiration for forming the
band was simply one last effort to make it big playing his kind of
music. And it looks like they are well on their way . . . since they
are touring with Tesla and now have a debut CD out. (More on that in
Fitz formed the band in early
2015. Most of the members, who are all from the Boston area, had
known one another for over 20 years and had all been in various bands
during those years. When Fitz' last band broke up, he decided to give
it one more try. So he hand picked all the members of Bad Marriage,
seeking out guys who were plainly professional and had (hopefully)
what it took.
An obvious first choice for
Fitz was Bad Marriage's drummer, Michael Delaney, whom Fitz had
played with on and off for 20 years. Another undeniable choice was
singer Jonny Paquin who, according to Fitz, is "cut from the
same cloth as Steven Tyler and Robert Plant" – with a sound so
good Fitz says he is envious. Guitar player Ian Haggerty was in
because, Fitz said, "he is a great player and has a great look
and attitude." Fitz didn't know bassist Todd Boisvert, but after
seeing him was certain he'd be a great fit for Bad Marriage.
So all the pieces were in
place for a final push aimed at capturing the classic sound of the
old-time rock and roll Fitz grew up with. It was, he said, simply
"circling back to why I fell in love with rock and roll and
guitar in the first place."
"Fronted by flamboyant
singer Paquin of Worcester (formerly of Uxbridge) and riff-heavy
guitarist Fitz of Milford, Bad Marriage – which also features
slinging axe-man Ian Haggerty of Attleboro, blistering bassist Todd
Boisvert of Medwey and powder-keg drummer Michael Delaney of Milford
– keeps building a steady stable of loyal fans with their
high-energy stage show and unbeatable arsenal of crown-pleasing
The Name "Bad
You're probably just as curious about the band's name, Bad Marriage, as we were. The first thing that comes to mind is that there
are some sour grapes here –
that these guys have had some miserable marital experiences. But it's
nothing like that really. Fitz has never been married, and two of the
band members are happily married, so the name doesn't have anything
to do with failed marriages.
The name Bad Marriage serves
to signify what being in a band is like. Trying to keep a band
together is always a struggle, and being in a band involves frequent
bad breakups. It's a tough job keeping everyone afloat and friendly,
especially with all the volatile ingredients that have to be juggled
– five guys, big egos, the lifestyle. "Being in a band,"
Fitz said, "is like being in a bad marriage."
Fitz coined the name and
explained it to Telegram
writer Semon. "I've never been married so it has nothing to do
with an actual bad marriage, even though everybody who hears the name
seems like they can relate. It's hilarious. Eddie Money kicked open
our dressing room door and said, 'Bad Marriage. That's the best
(expletive) name I've heard. I'm going through one right now.' . . .
The name is loosely based around being a musician throughout the
years in different bands. Trying to keep it together as a band, it's
like having four relationships. Not only do you have your girlfriend,
you also have four other members to deal with and their significant
others. It's not an easy thing."
They may be called Bad
Marriage, but right now they've got a pretty solid musical
relationship . . . pleasing fans and racking up the accolades.
Accolades and Accomplishments
Maybe you've never heard of
Bad Marriage, but you should have – and you will. Consider . . .
In 2017 Bad Marriage was featured twice in Classic Rock magazine – once in the "Stars Issue" and again in the "Best of the Year" issue.
Classic Rock also used the Bad Marriage song "Electric Emerald Eyes" – right smack between Alice Cooper and Deep Purple – on the companion disc that accompanied the year-end issue.
Bad Marriage now gets numerous requests from UK fans to come over to the UK because they consider Bad Marriage's song the best on the disc.
Bad Marriage's AC/DC-inspired song "Nay-Sayin' Blues" was recently licensed to the sport apparel giant Fanatics, who "offer fans the world's largest collection of official sports apparel from all the leagues, teams and players you love."
A high point for the band
earlier this year was touring with and opening for Tesla, and the
band will again tour with Tesla in September. Pretty impressive
really. So check out tour
dates and venues to find out when they will be in your area.
And Bad Marriage makes it
"their job to give people absolutely no choice but to have an
amazing time" (Telegram).
Now that's an impressive feat.
Brand New CD Coming Out . .
And now you can own you some
Bad Marriage. The band will release their first full-length album in
just a few days. You can get your original Bad Marriage classic rock
CD from your local music retailer or from the band's website. You can
also purchase individual songs online or all of them on digital
streaming media outlets.
And here's just some of what
you're gonna get . . .
"Already, the band has
released three musical videos – for the retro-headbanging rocker
'Old School Stereo,' the hard-rocking 'Diablo' and the bands solid
cover of Tom Petty's 'Honey Bee.' Bad Marriage has also been asked to
record a killer cover of Dio's 'Holy Diver' from the publishing
company that owns the Dio catalog" (Telegram).
Special Offer with Bandana
Now, here's where it gets even
better. You can purchase the VIP Package that includes not only the
debut CD, but also a custom-printed bandana sporting the band's logo.
But supply is limited and you have to order
before September 1.
indicated, so it was only logical to use collectible, custom-printed
bandanas as promotional swag. And to show appreciation to fans, they
decided to use them as bonus give-aways in the VIP Package.
But why custom-printed
bandanas specifically from Wholesale
For Everyone? Fitz said he researched online, but it was hard to
find a company that would print bandanas. He also needed a company
that had the capability to do professional printing that would look
great – because they want only the best for their fans.
The difficulty also lay in
ordering something suitable for their rock niche. Fitz finally
reached out to Wholesale for everyone. He said Dan's staff at
Wholesale For Everyone were quick to get back to him and that they
sounded real. So a partnership was struck, and Bad Marriage entered
into a good professional marriage here. "Both the turn-around
time," Fitz said, "and the quality are great."
But you have to order your VIP
Package right away, and, so far, there are only 300 bandanas
Don't Miss Out
It's certainly not every day
or year or even decade that you come across a band like Bad Marriage.
When you hear them, we'll bet your reaction will be much like ours –
astonishment at never having heard of a band that plays real rock so
well. Original, but still redolent of rock from the era when it was
And now you also know where to
go when you need custom-printed
bandanas for any occasion or event.