Bad Moves is four friends making upbeat power-pop about anxiety and identity, drawing on a sound that stretches from forbears like The Nerves and Cheap Trick to contemporary artists like Sheer Mag and HAIM. After years knocking around the Washington, D.C. punk scene in bands of their own, guitarists Katie Park and David Combs, bassist Emma Cleveland and drummer Daoud Tyler-Ameen began playing together in 2015, with a few goals in mind: Songwriting would be collaborative, singing would be everyone's job and arrangements would be generously staggered, blending voices and ideas to avoid centering any one member.
On its 2016 EP Bad Moves, the band explored bleak adulthood, writing about bad jobs, corrupt leaders, gentrifying cities and frustrated dreams. Tours of the US and UK with friends Jeff Rosenstock, Martha, Nana Grizol and The Spook School brought a widening fan base and a sharpening sound, with new material that dug into the wilderness of childhood. As anticipation grew for a full-length, the band made a breakthrough appearance on Cartoon Network's ‘Craig of the Creek,’ voicing their animated selves in an episode about the show's lead characters putting on their first DIY concert.
Tell No One is Bad Moves' debut LP: 12 songs about confronting old secrets and stumbling into self-discovery, wrapped in a sound that hometown weekly Washington City Paper calls "exuberant catharsis, the type of pop that makes you breathe deep and shout."