Bad Omens and Poppy Team for High-Octane New Song, ‘V.A.N.’


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Bad Omens and Poppy have released a new song, “V.A.N.” – Author Anne Erickson, Photo via Bryan Kirks

How’s this for a tease? Metalcore band Bad Omens deleted everything on their Instagram profile earlier this week. Everything. Fans were shocked. What was going on? Well, the guys were gearing up to dramatically release a new song. And they did. Bad Omens and Poppy have collaborated on a new track, “V.A.N.” The new song begins with Poppy’s pop-style vocals before heavy guitars and synths crash in. Then, Poppy continues with a catchy verse, singing very fast, before it crescendos into a hard-hitting metal anthem. Bad Omens vocalist Noah Sebastian doesn’t sing on there, but he did write and produce the track. That really shows off his talent.

The new song comes right after the band teased the music video and revealed the song’s meaning. “V.A.N.” stands for “Violence Against Nature.”

“‘V.A.N’ is an industrial metal masterpiece about an artificial intelligence entity set out on a course to destroy humanity,” a press release explains. “The track immediately captivates the listener with Bad Omens’ hypnotic production and Poppy’s angelic, whispering vocals as she takes on the role of the Concrete Jungle Universe AI character ‘V.A.N.’ It then shock-transitions into a powerful onslaught of frantic drums, heavy guitars, and Poppy’s vocals evolving from otherworldly tones to aggro screams.”

Of the song and songwriting process, Sebastian said in a statement, “That’s a song that started just with the hook ‘Violence against nature,’ and then after saving the project with the acronym and seeing it we realized it could be fun to think of ‘VAN’ as a name. Thus the rabbit hole of ideas began that led us to decide to write lyrics from the perspective of an artificial intelligence gone rogue.”

“V.A.N.” is the first bit of new music that Bad Omens has released since their popular 2022 album, “The Death of Peace of Mind.” Bad Omens are also working on an new album, the Concrete Forever project, that will serve as the Concrete Jungle soundtrack.

Watch the official music video for “V.A.N.” below. Garrett Nicholson and Poppy directed the clip. Also, check out Bad Omens’ upcoming tour dates below. Their 2024 tour roster includes shows in North America and overseas. Stay tuned for more Bad Omens news, as the guys start to announce their new music.

 Bad Omens 2024 Tour Dates:

01/27 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle *
01/28 – Cologne, Germany @ Palladium *
01/29 – Cologne, Germany @ Palladium *
01/30 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Zenith *
02/01 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Halle 622 *
02/02 – Offenbach Germany @ Stadthalle
02/04 – Tillburg, Netherlands @ Poppodium *
02/05 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne *
02/06 – Paris, France @ Salle Pleyel *
02/08 – Dresden, Germany @ Messe *
02/09 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Sasazu *
02/10 – Innsbruck, Austria @ Congress *
02/11 – Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz *
04/21 – San Antonio, Texas @ Boeing Ctr
04/23 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Revel Ctr
04/25 – Mesa, Ariz. @ Mesa Amp.
04/27 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Sick New World
04/30 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Tulsa Theater
05/02 – Dallas, Texas @ The Factory
05/03 – Dallas, Texas @ The Factory
05/12 – Daytona, Fla. @ Welcome to Rockville
05/18 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Point Fest
06/07 – Nurnberg, Germany @ Rock im Park
06/08 – Nurburgring, Germany @ Rock am Ring
06/12 – Hradec, Czechia @ Rock for People
06/13-16 – Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock
06/14-16 – Derby, U.K. @ Download Fest
06/26-29 – Viveiro, Spain @ Resurrection Fest
06/27-30 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
06/28-30 – Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Fest
06/29 – Seinäjoki, Finland @ Provinssi Fest
07/05 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
07/07 – Milano, Italy @ I-Days
* with Poppy

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