Peanut butter and jelly. Gin and tonic. Jake and The Fatman. There are certain things that are destined to be joined at the hip, destined to go together like, well, peanut butter and jelly. You can add Milwaukee rock bands SIN BAD and Bad Wig to that list. For the last few years, the head-bopping guitar-pop of the former and the scuffed-up garage-rock of the latter (both with splashes of vintage Midwest emo) have filled the sweaty air of local clubs, local bars, and High Dive. And, due to a shared word in their names (that word would be “bad”), both bands have played on the same bill. Now, SIN BAD and Bad Wig have combined their musical and name-based powers on record: Behold, the eight-track SIN BAD WIG split EP.

SIN BAD’s side—highlighted by the “growing up sucks” earworm “Chores”—was recorded and mixed with Amos Pitsch at Crutch of Memory in Appleton, and mastered by Dave Eck at Lucky Lacquers in Madison. Bad Wig’s side—highlighted by a shimmering re-recorded version of “Machinehead”—was recorded and mixed with Graham Hunt at Silver City Studios, and mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering. The whole thing is being released by Kitschy Spirit out of Madison.

About that release: SIN BAD and Bad Wig (along with Large Print and Rio Turbo) will celebrate the vinyl release of SIN BAD WIG Saturday, February 9 at the Cactus Club. And, due to SIN BAD’s Audrey Pennings’ impending move to New Orleans, the show will be one of SIN BAD’s “last shows for the foreseeable future.” Ugh. Growing up sucks, indeed.

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