Badd Energy

New Zealand foursome Badd Energy has been raising eyebrows (the single “Third Eye” was a New Zealand college radio chart-topping hit in 2011) with its grungy mix of psychedelic synth riffs and 808-induced rapping. Now the band is raising hell with its latest, politically charged single, “Riot,” in which female lead vocalists Coco Solid and Trixie Darko make the demand, “You speak about it, just be about it.” The band recently made a stop at Roundhead Studios for 95bFM’s In Session to perform the anti-apathy anthem with keytar and all. The band will release the album Underwater Pyramids on Flying Nun in June.

Download the session track and watch the video of the performance below.

Based at the University Of Auckland, New Zealand, 95bFM established In Session in 2011. The series of music documentaries recorded live at Roundhead Studios continues to showcase various emerging New Zealand artists in weekly episodes broadcast locally on Saturdays. If your station is interested in a CMJ On Air feature, please email