Phibsboro, County Dublin
'Hailing from Dublin, Bad Sea is a two-piece working on smoky, simple recordings with a soulful glow. Everything so far has been captured with a rough-around-the-edges charm, like peering into a studio when they don’t realise anyone’s watching. ‘I’d Want U’ in particular is the kind of song you could have by your side for life, without requiring anything else for company. Intimate and big-thinking, it gives nods to Angel Olsen and even Johnny Cash with simplicity and sincerity.'
-DIY Mag, June 4th 2015
'Dublin duo Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell are Bad Sea, an outfit specialising in dark torch songs, blue-of-the-night grace notes and music for gazing out the window with a pensive look on your gob. Their recordings to date display some promising ideas and “Comes to Blood” below is a good example of the potential they have, with Thompson’s lonesome, plaintive holler working very well against a sparse, spooky backdrop.'
- Irish Times, July 2nd 2015
"Bad Sea are Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell. Having won fans in IAI favourites Bombay Bicycle Club, the pair look set to follow in the footsteps of critical darlings Rae Morris and Lucy Rose. This is music that strides smoothly and confidently between a diverse influence of country, dream pop and 60s jangle while maintaining its own sparse aesthetic. Thompson's distinctive and emotive voice is typically buoyed by graceful, measured guitar rising occasionally to an arresting and affecting rapture. Their work to date speaks of a band who are as at home with neat, intelligent pop songwriting as they are with the pain that provoked it, perfectly embodied by songs like the poignant, off-kilter 'Comes to Blood' and first single 'I'd Want U'. As the band themselves explain, 'this is what it means to be a banger merchant.' "
- It's All Indie, 4th September 2015