A power-pop-punk band from Milwaukee, SIN BAD is the second of eight acts at this year's Kitschy Fest, an annual festival hosted by Madison musician Chris Joutras (Coordinated Suicides, Momotaros, Dharma Dogs) and his label Kitschy Manitou Records. SIN BAD's 2017 release, It's Fine, has a '90s grunge-pop feel that puts it in league with contemporaries like Tsunami Bomb and Charly Bliss. The three-piece band turns on the charm by mixing upbeat momentum with melodramatic lyrics on tracks like "Anxiety." Male and female vocal interplay on "Scarred" and "Tolerate" heightens the emotional grappling the lyrics describe, and enhances the band's youthful sound. Similarly, tracks like "Make It Through" and "Sleeve" exude a relatable, nostalgic camaraderie surrounding feelings of insecurity and uncertainty.
SIN BAD's effervescence and emotional simplicity will leave you reminiscing about the Hollywood teenage drama you never had, or craving something more nuanced and grounded. Other highlights on this bill include Madison hardcore outfit No Question, Milwaukee noise-punks Static Eyes, and newer Madison punk duo Gender Confetti. The event will also raise money for the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. —Katie Richards