Bad Touch are an up and coming rock band, joined on their second headlining tour by the awesome Daxx & Roxane and Aaron Buchanan and The Cult Classics. Bad Touch and Aaron Buchanan are both known for their dynamic and energetic live shows, so I knew it was going to be a fun night. It was great to meet all the bands; everyone was really open and friendly, just chatting backstage. One of the photographers that joined them on part of their tour brought it some cakes for her birthday, in return the bands all signed a poster for her and we all sang happy birthday!
It was funny watching Bad Touch sound checking and getting ready, joking around with the audience. As soon as they hit the stage they smash straight in, starting with a heavy drum solo. Stevie jumps up and down as they switch to a more upbeat and faster pace. The lights go down, marking the change to a heavier tone, and they crash back in with a hard-rocker. They started off giving the audience a taste of a few songs off their latest album. Then flipped it on its head, following with an old favourite from their first album.
“It’s good to be back in London! Thank you so much, you have no idea how grateful we are”. Stevie calls out, showing their love for their music and genuine appreciate of their fans. “We have been looking forward to being back in London for the whole tour. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We’d be nothing without you”! You can see this love and dedication is returned by the fans, as someone flew in all the way from Finland just to see them that night! Now that is a true will and testament to their skill and the love they inspire in their fans. “We have a very simple message for you”, he pauses “take… your… time”!
In stark comparison to the majority of their hard rock songs, they also proved they can also master the slower and gentler songs. “Take Your Time” is a more soulful ballad style song with an almost bluesy twinge. Packed full of beautiful lyrical vocals and raw emotions. With a soft, psychedelic beginning, the drums crashing in almost takes you by surprise and woke the audience back up and injected some extra energy into the room. They get the audience all singing along to the catchy and upbeat “My Mother Told Me”.
“Congratulations, you get the sweatiest gig, and George might pass out!”, Stevie jokes with the audience – and thankfully George did just about retain consciousness throughout the gig! The heavy drum beat sent reverberations around the stage, you could see everything shudder and shake along. One of the guitarists puts his hat on Mike, bassist, who almost immediately head-bangs it off!
They ended on one of their old, old songs “Back from when we were just five boys and a dream in Norfolk”. Finishing with a rockin’ drum and guitar solos before exiting the stage. Of course they weren’t gone for long, as the fans called out for an encore. They burst back out and George starts with a very loud, pounding drum beat. Stevie struts, dances and twirls about the stage, getting the crowd singing along.
Bad Touch crashed in with a full on rock ‘n’ roll storm, packed with electric riffs, heavy drum beats and plenty of head-banging! They keep the spirit of the 70s rock alive, complete with flares and floral shirts, whilst dragging it into the 21st century. I was lucky enough to meet the boys backstage and interview them before the show, and not only are they skilled musicians, they’re also all genuinely friendly and funny. I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots more great music and explosive, dynamic live shows in the future!
Daxx & Roxane’s show was packed full with high energy and heavy beats, just how we like it! They were the perfect warm-up act, they got everyone crowding around the stage with their hands in the air, shouting and cheering. “Let’s get this party started!”, Cédric shouts out to the audience. The boys were dancing all about the stage and jumping up on the railings round the stage, to play out into the crowd. You can clearly see how much fun these guys have, and that they’re genuinely all friends. As they mess about, play and pose together.
They paused briefly for a moment after one song, and invited a guest star up on stage to join them. So, we got the unexpected bonus of hearing them play together for the first time! His bluesy harmonica tunes and raw, sultry vocals fitted perfectly in with Daxx & Roxane’s style and sound. Whilst also giving it a unique twist. Everyone started clapping and singing along to the catchy “Wild Side”… “Walking… walking on the wild side!”…
It was great to see Aaron Buchanan and The Cult Classics again, after seeing them back in September when they supported the Quireboys. Psychedelic sounds play as they enter the stage one by one. Paul stands up on the stool behind the drums, bugging the crowd up as Aaron hits the stage. “Let me hear you make some f**king noise!”, Aaron shouts out.
They mixed together some of their old favourites, and brand new songs such as “The Devil that Needs You”. With a fast, cheery and almost folky start. Crashing in to a full heavy rock second half. “Let’s see those hands in the air”! As Paul goes in to a slow, heavy drum beat. Slowly building up as the guitars join in and Aaron starts smashing on the cymbals. At the end of the song they pause for a moment and the crowd starts to clap. Then they smash straight back in with another hard rocker.
Aaron sat on the railings at the front of the stage and read out social media quotes of the funniest posts from their tour so far. “I always find them funny, especially when they’re about me”! One quote he read out “this punky stuff does nothing for me” then asked the crowd “do I look punky?? Have you seen this aesthetic”, which even included suspenders, so closer to Amish than punk!
They end on one hell of a drum solo and some killer power poses. I love the mix of styles, between the heavy metal drummer, and the almost folky lead. You never see Aaron still on stage! He’s constantly dancing and jumping about stage, I don’t know where he gets his energy from!
PS: Photos by Kriz-p