SINGLE REVIEW: Tones And I – Bad Child / Can’t Be Happy All The Time 

Following her world domination with ‘Dance Monkey’, Tones And I is ready to keep the world talking with the release of TWO brand new singles.

Her debut EP ‘The Kids Are Coming’ highlighted the singer-songwriter’s raw talent with six well written pop songs that could’ve all made their own unique impact on the radio and charts. 

After a string of huge US TV show appearances as well as a national tour for Laneway Festival, she’s hitting the road with Groovin The Moo for some rural festival dates as well as a mostly sold out capital city tour. And on top of that, she has some new music for you to start learning all the lyrics to. 

‘Bad Child’ is an upbeat and radio ready track that is full of sass and attitude and holds an empowering lyrical twist. 

Using this track to tell a story through someone else eyes, she reflects on feeling like a misfit from birth with no one understanding her, not even her family. “My family always said I was the bad child. Throwing me away into the bad pile. All my life been putting on a fake smile. Sitting on my own feel like I’m exiled” she quips during the opening moments of the track. 

But she owns it in every way and confesses that this is who she is and she’s not going to change, not even for her family because at the end of the day they should be supporting her unconditionally. 

For the bold production, she uses a similar beat to ‘Dance Monkey’ as the foundations, but then adds synth and bass layers on top of that to thicken the sound out and set the euphoric emotions. 

In contrast, ‘Can’t Be Happy All The Time’ is a very different song. Stripped back to just a piano and oozing atmospheric synths and finger snaps, she allows the raw emotion of her confession drive this song. 

Reflecting on her sudden rise to fame, Tones And I admits that she realised she can’t be happy all the time which is okay as we are all human, and it’s just about taking every day as it comes.

“And I don’t want to cry but now it’s hard to breathe. And now everybody’s standing here but no one seems to know me. And I’m alright. Tomorrow I’ll be fine. Cause you can’t be happy. You can’t be happy all the time” she sings during the emotive chorus. 

This is a very beautiful ballad that shows a different side to the singer-songwriter with minimal production behind her and just her vocals guiding the listener. 

This is the song that is going to connect more with listeners, and hopefully commercial radio stations get behind this vulnerable side of her artistry. 

Tones And I Australian Tour

7 May – The Forum, Melbourne 

8 May – The Forum, Melbourne *SOLD OUT*

15 May – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane *SOLD OUT*

17 May – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane 

20 May – The Enmore, Sydney 

21 May – The Enmore, Sydney *SOLD OUT*

23 May – Goods Shed, Hobart *SOLD OUT*

29 May – Metropolis, Fremantle *SOLD OUT*

30 May – Metropolis, Fremantle 

Also appearing at Groovin The Moo! Check out full details HERE;