Bad Touch, Concert Reviews, Music Reviews

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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

Bad Touch, Band Interviews, Music Reviews

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Bad Touch are a dynamic and energetic rock band performing their second headlining tour. They have hit the road again after releasing their latest album earlier this year, called “Shake a Leg”. It was a pleasure to meet all the bands and other photographers, everyone was very chill and we just chatted backstage whilst they were prepping. Luckily the whole band was available for the interview, so it was great to get insights from everyone, and some funny stories! These guys are not only talents musicians and dynamic performers, they’re also genuinely friendly and funny. It was great fun hearing about how they formed, some funny tales from their past and hopes for the future. And I’m sure we’ll be seeing great things from this band in the future!


Where did the album’s title “Shake a Leg” come from?

S: This is first time the true story has been told, my Mum came up with it! We were just playing around with words and had loads of different ideas.

A: Feel good, rock ‘n’ rock, shake a leg, get up and go!

Was there any new techniques or themes you included in this album?

A: The songs were a lot more written, if you know what I mean, we spent a lot more time work-shopping them. Instead of just going this a great idea, let’s go for it! We stripped everything back and rebuilt them. And also we wrote the songs as we went, the album was written over 7 months. On the weekends when we had all finished work. So, it was a bit more scary, and spontaneous.

Was there a particular reason you started this album, or did it come together organically?

A: Well, we needed a new album! (he jokes, and we all laugh). And we toured loads last year, playing over 120 shows I think, so we didn’t have much time to write. We went into the studio on the first of January with two songs we had ideas for. On the first day at the studio, we said we have this idea and this is what is happening. The producer said they like this, don’t like this. Then we’d have a little argument and throw our toys out the pram then come back, and go back to the original idea! And that’s pretty much how it went!

How have the fans reacted to the new songs?

A: It’s been really good actually; we have actually played a lot off the new album on this tour. I was quite concerned, as the boys will probably know. Then his expression change, he laughed and said: Actually no, I’m lying, I was actually fore-playing all the new shows actually. Once we made the set list and we were playing 9 of the 13 songs on the new album, I was worried it would be too much. But it actually was fine!

How do you feel the industry has changed over your time as Bad Touch?

A: We try and stay out of it to be honest. We enjoy playing music, and writing it. So we just want to go out there and play music, and we let the industry do what it wants. But obviously some things do affect us too, like YouTube and Spotify. When we first started, was when social media starting growing in popularity. But when we started it was Bebo and MSN!

Future direction of the rock ‘n’ roll industry?

A: I don’t think it’s every going to go away. Chart success has waned, as it’s dominated by Pop. But it’s had a bit of a revival, and it’s definitely coming back strong. It goes through phrases of different genres. But there’s always been a scene there, and always people who want to see it. Iron Maiden can still pull thousands of people.

Do you prefer being in the studio writing, or on the road touring?

A: There were murmurs and votes called in both directions. Both are great, but we do play live a lot more so it’s more comfortable for us. With the studio, we only do it every now and again, but it’s great fun playing around and trying different things out. Shakers, bongos, any percussion instrument! Chuck everything in and see what works!

Any regrets on things you didn’t try?

S: Heroin! (and we all burst out laughing!)
M: I regret standing on Rob’s amp many years ago and falling off it and breaking it!
R: I regret…”, he pauses for thought or dramatic effect, “nothing!”, he laughs.
G: I think everyone makes mistakes, and instead or regret them, you have to learn by them. If you don’t, you’re never going to get better.

How did the deal with Marshall Records come about? What are the things that you’ve gained with this cooperation?

A: With Marshal, we already had a contact there. And from there it’s now grown, and they’ve offered us a contract! And free beer! They just brought out their own beer, and gave us some free samples!

So, the band name is a bit unusual! Where did the name Bad Touch come from?

A: Every time! Just a random name generator on the internet, an old singer came up with it. We were 16 or 17 at the time, and the rest of the band loved it.

How did the band form and take shape?

A: Me (Stevie) and Rob went to school together, and started the band many years ago, and we’ve had many different line-ups since then. George was next – he lived in the same town and looked up to us in our band and how amazing we are. “The sad thing is, I actually did!” George replied.

R: We needed a new drummer and put an ad out, and George must have only been 14 at the time so we took him under our wing. But he’s actually a great drummer!

You’ve played some of the best festivals, such as Ramblin’ Man, Wildfire, Amplified and Cambridge Rock? And which was your favourite, and why?

A: “Download” was immediately called out, with lots of murmurs of agreement. Someone shouted out “Sunkfest!”, which was answered by a very loud and excited “Sunkfest, Yes!

It was your first headline tour last year, how did you find it and what lessons did you learn that you put into action for this tour?

A: We were a bit worried for our first headline tour last year, you go out on the road but you don’t know if anyone’s going to buy tickets. When you’re supporting someone the pressure is on them, but when you’re headlining the responsibility is on you to get the tickets sold. But we were overwhelmed by the amount of people that came out for it.”

Must have been amazing touring with Skid Row earlier this year, if you could tour with any band, who would it be and why?

A: Headhunters!” was called out straight away, which was responded by “but we’ve already done that twice!”, which was followed by “and I would do it a third time”! We literally just love touring, so any band that wanted to have us, we would be grateful to play. We’ve met so many lovely people. If you do everything, you will never regret anything!

Is there any genres, themes or instruments you would like to experiment with in the future?

A: The hurdy-gurdy!”, he laughs, “But to actually answer your question seriously. No not really, we love what we do, and we like the fact that it’s simple. We just write what we want to write and it happens to fall into a certain genre”.

To finish off with, what can fans expect from Bad Touch in the future?

S: More music! Bigger and better things.

R: “Hoodies!”, someone shouts out, and laughs ripple round. Yes, they can expect hoodies, as they’ve been asking for years.

D: We’ll keep on moving up, keep the hard slog going. We’ll be back on the road, with plans to get to Europe. Then world domination – it’s like Binky and the Brain!