Bad Moves

Bad Moves is a power pop band from Washington D.C.. They were formed in 2016, and are currently on Don Giovanni Records.[1] The band consists of David Combs (The Max Levine Ensemble, Spoonboy, Somnia), Katie Park (Hemlines), Daoud Tyler-Ameen (Art Sorority) and Emma Cleveland.

Bad Moves
A dark, reddish-purplish image of a four-person band. To the left, a person with short blue hair and a button up shirt plays electric guitar. To the right, a person with medium brown hair, a dress, and leggings plays electric bass. Between and obscured by them, a drummer at a drum kit. To the far right, a person in a beanie, white T-shirt, and jeans plays electric guitar.
Bad Moves opening for Cheekface at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, New York
Background information
OriginWashington, D.C.
GenresPower pop
Years active2016–present
LabelsDon Giovanni Records
Associated acts
MembersEmma Cleveland
David Combs
Katie Park
Daoud Tyler-Ameen


Bad Moves released a self-titled debut EP in 2016 on Don Giovanni Records. In May 2017 they supported Scottish band The Spook School on a partial UK tour.[2] In mid to late April and early May 2018 they, along with Martha of England, supported Jeff Rosenstock for the Northeastern and Midwestern leg of his US tour.[3]

They went on to record their first full-length album Tell No One at Philadelphia’s Headroom Studio with Joe Reinhart of Hop Along. This was released September 21, 2018, also on Don Giovanni Records, after which the band toured with The Obsessives, Nana Grizol, and Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.[4]

On July 9, 2018, the band guest-starred in "Vulture's Nest", an episode of the Cartoon Network animated series Craig of the Creek.[5][6]

Half the band have volunteered at rock music youth coaching programs. Combs volunteered for a few summers at Queer Rock Camp in Olympia, Washington, and Park has been a band coach and worked with Girls Rock! DC.[6]

On April 7, 2020, the band announced their second album Untenable, again on Don Giovanni, would be released later that spring. They simultaneously revealed the first single from it, Party With The Kids Who Wanna Party With You.[7]


  • Emma Cleveland: Bass, Vocals
  • David Combs: Guitar, Vocals
  • Katie Park: Guitar, Vocals
  • Daoud Tyler-Ameen: Drums, Vocals


Studio albumsEdit




  1. ^ "Listen to Bad Moves Debut EP". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2018-04-13.
  2. ^ "Bad Moves share debut video for 'The Verge' plus UK tour with The Spook School". Punktastic. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  3. ^ Sacher, Andrew (3 January 2018). "Cartoon Network's 'Craig of the Creek' stars Bad Moves, shouts out Silent Barn, features Laura Stevenson & more". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  4. ^ Fixell, Ethan (18 September 2018). "The Underground Sounds Of America: Bad Moves". Kerrang!. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  5. ^ Sacher, Andrew (10 July 2018). "Cartoon Network's 'Craig of the Creek' stars Bad Moves, shouts out Silent Barn, features Laura Stevenson & more". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b Kelly, Chris (16 October 2019). "Bad Moves turns individual inspiration into songs that speak to universal experiences". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b Bernstein, Jonathan (7 April 2020). "Bad Moves Announce New Album 'Untenable,' Share Timely Lead Single". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  8. ^ "Bad Moves Announce Debut Album, Share New Track "Spirit FM": Listen". Stereogum. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  9. ^ "Album Review: Bad Moves - Self-Titled". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved 2018-04-13.