Lethbridge based alt country quartet Badlands pays homage to the near desert like conditions in southern Alberta. The band's namesake provides a fitting backdrop to Ali cat's songwriting musings that explore personal struggles, triumphs and temptations. Heart songs, after all. The stuff that's at the centre of the country music canon. It's the same distilled spirit that raised the likes of Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, the Turnpike Troubadours and others to come before. A mattress on your back is good to have, sure. Keep a look out for where cat and company choose to land as they explore the musical landscape that's raised them.