Bad Veins is an indie pop musical project by Benjamin Davis and Jake Bonta, formed in Cincinnati, Ohio. Known for sporting vintage military clothing, using a telephone to sing into while performing, and utilizing an old reel-to-reel named Irene for backing tracks, all creating a unique show experience for even the most seasoned concert attendee. Army green and red roses, similar to their debut album cover, is a visual staple during their live performances.
In 2008, Bad Veins won the first ever Target Music Maker Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Their self-titled debut album was released on July 21, 2009. The first single off the album was "Gold and Warm," which was used on Good Morning America’s "Your Three Words" segment on February 27, 2010. Dan Harris, an ABC News correspondent, named the debut the 7th best album of 2009 on ABC’s Amplified blog, calling it "criminally overlooked" and "utterly fantastic." The USA Today blog, Pop Candy, named the last track on the album, "Go Home" one of the Top 20 Songs of 2009.
On April 24, 2012, Bad Veins released The Mess We've Made via Austin-based label Modern Outsider. The first single "Dancing On TV" was accompanied by a music video, which features Comedy Central sensation Chris Hardwick.
The band just recently came off a tour with Two Door Cinema Club, and have frequently played with or toured with bands such as: Walk The Moon; Frightened Rabbit; We Were Promised Jetpacks; Thrice; The Dig; As Tall As Lions; We Are Scientists; LoveLikeFire; The Subjects; Kevin Devine; Lightning Love; Maps & Atlases and You, You're Awesome.
Bad Veins is in the midst of a deal with MTV for their up-coming release(s), and have more recently launched their super-interactive fan group dubbed, the appropriate, 'Bad Veins Army'. The Bad Veins Army is an interactive experience created for fans, designed to reward the most passionate members, and interact with those members in a more robust and engaging way.