Mollie Marriott Joining Bad Touch On Tour In November
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Following their recent sell-out UK tour supporting King King, and their Planet RockRoadstars UK tour withBroken Witt Rebels, and the recent announcement of their October 2017 tour with The Kentucky Headhunters, Bad Touchare pleased to announce they’ll be undertaking a headline tour in November with special guest Mollie Marriott. The tour is extensive as the visit all points on the compass, North & South plus West & Eest.
“We’re excited to be taking to the road in November with Mollie,” says Bad Touch’s lead singer, Stevie Westwood. “Not only is she only a great vocalist in her own right, but she’s also the daughter of the legendary guitarist and singer Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie). She’s part of rock royalty. It will be great to have Mollie touring with us. She’s got a killer voice. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Bad Touch – the 5-piece rock band from Norfolk recently released their second studio album “Truth Be Told”. The album features the single“99%”remixed for radio by the legendary Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey. The album celebrates classic rock with Southern boogie influences, with heavy guitar riffs and an iron-clad, tight rhythm section, in the great tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. We loved the album and the boys are even better live Bluesdoodles said “This is definitely a classic rock with the heat of the south, with finger-licking good guitar and tasty spicy vocals that make this album destined to excite the listener.” Read more HERE
Mollie Marriott, daughter of former Small Faces and Humble Pie singer/guitarist Steve Marriott and step-daughter to singer Joe Brown has spent her music career in the wings, having worked mostly as a backing singer with numerous artists including Oasis and Joe Brown.
Mollie’s sassy soulful blues vocals are full of classic influences. She can find a raw emotional edge that the best soul and rock singers have – at times rootsy and upscale through to modest and classy with a sustained relaxed feel.
Bluesdoodles chatted with Mollie before her gig at The Borderline Read what was said HERE
BAD TOUCH – NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST MOLLIE MARRIOTT
Bad Touch Supporting The Kentucky Headhunters on their October UK Tour
Following their recent UK tour supporting King King, and their Planet Rock Roadstars UK tour with Broken Witt Rebels, Bad Touch are pleased to announce they will support the KentuckyHeadhunters on their October 2017 On Safari UK Tour.
This marks the second time that Bad Touch will tour the UK supporting The Kentucky Headhunters (they first toured with them in the UK in July 2016). Both bands got on so well last time, they decided to do it again.
Says Richard Young, the guitarist and vocalist for the Kentucky Headhunters – “We first met Bad Touch when they were chosen as our support act after my son John Fred’s young band, Black Stone Cherry, convinced us to do our first-ever UK tour in 2016. In a mere week of touring, the Headhunter’s and Bad Touch became like a band of brothers. There is a certain charm and charisma between the two bands that transcends to the fans of both bands, on stage and off. We’re proud to announce their return for this year’s October UK dates. Simply put, it wouldn’t be the same without them.”
Truth Be Told: Bluesdoodles said – The trio of tracks are triumphant but the question can they maintain the momentum interest and rawness that is chiseled and shaped into a rock classic Truth Be Told. I will let you into the secret Yes, they can and definitely do on the bands sophomore album. Every one of the dozen tracks on the album brings its own link in the musical ride around a fairground of musical pleasures to explore. Read the rest of the review HERE
Grammy award-winners, the Kentucky Headhunters, according to the RIAA, have sold over 11 million albums worldwide, will perform tracks from their latest album On Safari. Rich in southern rock, the Headhunters’ new album tips the hat to family and the southern way of life in the USA.
The Kentucky Headhunters Invite The U.K. On Safari, with Bad Touch in October.
Bluesdoodles loved the album “On Safari, is a jukebox of sounds that never crash and burn, they all fit into the album” Why the Album title On Safari? The music is taken from the inspiration gained on their first time trip overseas. Pushed out of their comfort zone by Richard’s son John Fred Young they traveled to Europe. The result is music that sparkles with the excitement of traveling and being On Safari. Band members/brothers Richard and Fred Young poignantly lost their father just three days before heading into the studio to record the album, which they have dedicated in his memory. Read what else we said HERE
Bad Touch’s album Truth Be Told, recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales, features the single 99%, remixed for radio by the legendary Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey.
THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS ‘ON SAFARI’ OCTOBER 2017 UK TOUR – WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BAD TOUCH
King King are pleased to announce a raft of new UK tour dates in April – July 2017. Special guests on all April and May dates will be “Bad Touch”. All tickets are priced £20, are on sale from the 24 Hour Box Office:0844 478 0898 and www.thegigcartel.com.
Due to front man Alan Nimmo having an acute laryngitis, King King have re-scheduled the following four UK tour dates. Existing tickets for re-scheduled shows remain valid –
King King at The Cube in Corby now on Friday 30th June
King King at The Wharf in Tavistock now on Friday 28th July
King King at The Tivoli in Wimborne now on Friday 16th June
King King at The Fleece in Bristol now on Saturday 1st July
The tour dovetails the release of King King’s forthcoming single taken from the much anticipated new studio album, and follow-up to 2015’s multi-award winning Reaching For The Light. The new album is scheduled for release in early September 2017- while we wait for the release of the album catch King King with special guests Bad Touch as they tour the UK
In 2014, King King’s second album Standing in the Shadows, firmly established them as a formidable force on the British Blues scene. They still retain that accolade today with a growing legions of fans.
King King features Alan Nimmo (vocals, guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keyboards). The band are widely recognized as the UK’s hottest rock blues band. They continue to push the envelope by providing their fans with the best live experience and musicianship.
Says King King’s frontman, Alan Nimmo, “We’re really excited to perform the new single live. It’s rockier than our previous material, but it still has an inherent King King sound to it. The new single is a nice taster from the upcoming album.”
Having scored three radio hit singles on Planet Rock radio with the songs Crazy, Hurricane, and Rush Hour, the band recently went to Planet Rock’s studios to perform three acoustic tracks that will be aired on the station in early 2017.
Bad Touch – the 5-piece rock band from Norfolk, who recently supported the Kentucky Headhunters on their critically acclaimed sell-out UK tour, recently released their second studio album Truth Be Told on Bad Touch Records, with distribution via Cadiz, on Friday 2nd December 2016.
To coincide with the new album, the band embarked on a UK co-headline tour on November 19th with the Australian rockers Massive. They recently announced a March 2017 UK tour with Broken Witt Rebels.
The new album, recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales, includes the singles99% and Made To Break, both remixed for radio by Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey. In early 2017, Made To Break will be released as a single alongside an official music video.
“99% is a great song to ride around in cars and drink beer and smoke pot and listen to rock and roll on the radio,” says Chris Kimsey. “Not that I drink beer or smoke pot , but I remember the simplicity of music and life so it’s good to hear it is alive and kicking with Bad Touch.”
April Roadstars Are
Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch
Spring sunshine warming Cardiff pavements, but not as hot as The Globe scorching from the two rock n roll sets from rising British Bands 2017 Planet Rock Roadstars show; Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch. First up in a lava flow of Rock from the red hot Birmingham band Broken Witt Rebels. Many bands would leave the crowd-pleasing signature number that Low, from the acclaimed EP Georgia Pine, has become. BUT, not the rebels this is the opening track they are opening on a high. High flowing rock that rolls around The Globe the crowd are jumping with delight they want more and more of Danny’s power blazing vocals, they are howling so the next number is perfect for the atmosphere created on a Sunday night, live music that Is Howlin’ good. Broken Witt Rebels are tight, they are having a great time playing the music we want to hear. This is a band that will rise to the top as the music is hot, tasty and created by a volcanic amalgam of music that shaped the seventies into a creative free form delight of classic rock infused with soul and whisky flaming southern riffs. The beating, pulsing heart of the Rebels is front man Danny Core, his vocals and stage artfulness catapult the band to the top of the rock face of young bands with ambition. He makes every song distinctive, the phrasing shaping the lyrics and the rebels behind him provide him with a trampoline that bounces with musicianship that sparks with attitude and flair. The drumming is energetic full of dramatic beats and cooled with phrasing and cymbal work from James Dudley whose sticks rise high and create the percussive tone for every song. Adding to the rhythm is the bass work from Luke Davis whose deep notes give us tone that takes us deep into the crater of joy that is the BWR music. Up front and on lead guitar giving Danny structure and his own delicious lead breaks, riffs and the hooks for Danny’s rhythm guitar as he described his playing ‘I am just a chord monkey’, James Tranter is the guitar wizard. At times through the set Danny sinks to the floor kneeling full of emotion, this is not in praying but in victory as the songs leap from a title on a set sheet into full blazing live glory. There is another chilled side as Turn Me On demonstrated that new songs are being added to a catalogue that has depth and that makes a live band great. Closing out the brilliant sparkling volcanic rocking set was Guns, we all know this from radio play and the number of times they have played the back catalogue. The encore was Shake Me Down, Danny and the boys definitely gave everyone a demonstration of a rock n rolling shake down that made Sunday night fizz.
Short break and many of the crowd took time out to chat with the Rebels and buy some merchandise to take home. The Globe was on musical fire as the red lights reflected back the heat of energy generated by live music. With a young band from deepest Norfolk, there was nothing flat about the Southern rock infused quintet Bad Touch. The only task they had was following on from the dynamic crowd-pleasing Broken Witt Rebels to ensure the audience’s energy didn’t wane. Did they achieve this, Yes they did! How, Truth Be Tolda mix of showcasing their latest album and the combination of front man vocalist and tambourine man Stevie Westwood, and a trailblazing secret, well not so secret weapon the guitar playing of the latest member of the band Harry Slater. The shape and approach is different from BWR, so we all wanted to hear the harder edgier rock from Bad Touch. Opening with One Night More, technical gremlins attacked the drummer George Drewery, who continued playing his loud hard drumming despite not being able to hear the rest of the band. Once sorted the band were firing on all five cylinders again. Completing the Bad Touch sound is Daniel ‘seeks’ Seekings on guitar and bassist Michael Bailey who add such depth and tone to the Bad Touch Rock. Highlights of the set were Sweet Little Secret from their debut album that hit the mark and Half Way Home. Bad Touch are a sure touch that they will be making musical waves that purr with a lion’s roar of dominance. They have a sound that connects, heavy, hard and full of licks and vocal refrains that are earworms. We had cowboy refrains with Outlaw, softer with a sting in its musical tail. Stevie whirls and swirls tambourine held high but it is his vocals that gain your attention they have an attitude that makes them compelling on numbers such as Words I Never Say and then a different tone with radio friendly 99%. This is a number that has a little extra with its huge chorus and energy there is much more to be heard from these young guns of rock. Closing with The Mountain, we were left with Harry’s guitar fireworks and Stevie’s gritty vocals singing in our ears. Live music made Sunday sparkle with Rock n’ Roll.
Tonight, everyone at The Globe came to hear and see the Roadstars a duo of bands Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch. The reward was seeing to young bands creating a summit of rock numbers that will become classics of the future. The future of rock is bright strong and full of vigour with these young bands.
BD: I was delighted to have the opportunity to review your debut album Truth Be Told.
Before we talk about touring with the Planet Rock Roadstars and the album, Truth Be Told. For many Bluesdoodles readers, Bad Touch is a new band. They are interested what is happening behind the scenes of Bad Touch. Then dash to book tickets on the Roadstar Tour!
Before we start the talk the quintet of musicians are Bad Touch, Vocalist Stevie Westwood, who kindly took time out to chat with Liz from Bluesdoodles today. Harry Slater, Lead Guitar/Vocals, Daniel ‘Seeks’ Seekings, Guitar/Vocals, Michael Bailey, Bass and George Drewry, Drums/Vocals.
BD: What were your first musical influences growing up in Norwich more mustard and cathedral than Rock music?
SW: Well, lots more in Norwich than that we have strong music scene in pubs, clubs and venues. For myself, I grew up in a house full of music with Dad playing AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and lots of Disco including Kool and The Gang. I then developed my own tastes with rock bands such as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Southern Rock, Su and much more.
I played the guitar and found the guys from Bad Touch through a band forming website. Went for an audition and came away the singer as they already had two guitarists. This was after they asked me if I could sing, and my reply was not really! Must have been okay because still here singing for Bad Touch.
BD: How did you come up with the band name Bad Touch and the decision for the distinctive typeface.
SW: The band has always been called Bad Touch from the very beginning before I joined. For me, the name encapsulates the roots of the band with the power of Bad Company touched with all the influences of 70’s rock with the colouring of Southern Rock.
We want to add our Bad Touch to the music we love that mix of Blues, Southern Rock and classic rock we always describe ourselves as ‘Feelgood Rock’. It is not new we are deeply rooted in Rock with Blues. We want audiences to enjoy our music and feel good with Bad Touch.
We wanted a distinctive logo, there is no deep and meaningful back story. We needed a new logo, a friend was a graphic designer and did me a favour and the result is eye-catching.
BD: Tell us about the formation of the band while you were still at college and the roles you all play in developing the Bad Touch feel. Now with the new guitarist Harry Slater how has he fitted in and has it injected a new feel.
SW: The band formed when the guys were at college with Rob Glendinning our original guitarist who recently left the band. We all love the guy but he has chosen a different path and we wish him well. Now with Harry Slater, we will continue to ply the Bad Touch rock across the land. As with any change, it brings opportunities. Harry will inject a new feel of guitar power combined with his writing ability. At the moment he feels like he is stepping into Rob’s shoes, as learning songs already in the Bad Touch repertoire. With new songs, things will change and anything new is scary, with good performances under our belt the future of Bad Touch is looking exciting and bright. We have plans for a follow-up album to Truth Be Told, been a bit slow going with the switch over firstly, concentrating on getting the performance correct. We are going to nail the tour out on the road with Broken Witt Rebels then attention will turn to the next album.
BD: Having reviewed Truth Be Told, what if any truth were you exploring across the dozen tracks?
SW: All of the band wrote the lyrics, the title, Truth Be Told, was an alliteration and sounded cool. The whole album has lots of feeling, a more mature sound than Halfway Home with a mix of anger and darker emotions plus some happy feelgood songs. For me, the album is an open book of truths and we want people who listen to take from the lyrics what they can.
BD: I have always been interested in the lyrics of a song. Where do you get your inspiration for your songwriting?
SW: We write together with royalties split equally. The writing process varies, can be from a riff that we play and then I add lyrics over the top and then turn into the words of the song. My preferred way is to write whole verse/chorus or even whole song. It is really satisfying five minds working together are better than one. We don’t always agree but that is all part of the fun of building our songs. We draw on life experiences, old sayings are often a starting point they stick in people’s minds when listening to Bad Touch music. It is important and really cool when people relate to the lyrics and music. The truth is we get inspiration from anything and a good example is Outlaw, from Truth Be Told, reflects that Seeks is really into cowboys. It is what we fancy at the time. You can over analyse the lyrics and then they can lose shape and feel so have to take the inspiration where it comes from however shallow that is.
BD: With you heading out on the road throughout March & April with Broken Witt Rebels. The Planetrock Roadstars are back for 2017. Two bands on the road that are causing a stir how will this tour build on the experience of opening for The Headhunters last year
Wow, this is so exciting we briefly caught up with BWR when they opened for Joanne Shaw Taylor at the Waterfront. It was really cool we also passed each other at the Stone Free Festival last year. We have got to raise our game, there is definitely going to be a gentlemanly rivalry between the bands, Bad Touch are out to get noticed, remembered we will be trying to blow BWR out of the water. We can’t wait to open in Leeds on the 16th March and bring the tour to a grand finale at The Borderline in London Saturday 8th April. We are looking forward to showcasing our brand of feelgood rock as we travel around the country, meeting fans and making lots of new friends of the band.
BD: What other plans and excitements have you and Bad Touch got in the 2017 pipeline?
SW: Lots of exciting stuff in the pipeline with lots of touring and new album taking shape. Keep in touch as soon as dates and festival slots are confirmed they will be shared through social media. We are on Facebook, Twitter and our dedicated web presence over at Bad Touch.co.uk.
BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have to play
SW: Thought I was coping well until this one so many to choose from ….
Let’s have a choir to start with!
Vocals: Chris Robinson, Paul Rogers, Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant, Steve Marriot and guests Drums: John Bonham Bass: Michael Bailey Guitar: Slash Backing Vocals & Mime Artists: The rest of Bad touch with inflatable instruments enjoying the explosion of rock.
Broken Witt Rebels experienced success in 2016 with the release of their 5-track EP featuring the singles “Low” and “Guns” which received airplay on Planet Rock and XS Manchester, while “Low” was Track of theWeek on Radio X.
On October 27th, they won “Best Rock Act” at the first annual Unsigned Music Awardsheld at The Troxy in London, and closed the Awards by performing “Guns”. BWR were also nominated for “Best Live Act”.
The title of BWR EP Georgia Pine comes from an old stoner reference “As high as a Georgia Pine“. For BWR, the metaphor is more about their ascension to the top. It’s clear they haven’t come to make up the numbers.
With the title track “Georgia Pine“ as their most recent single, the Rebels show their softer side, with Danny Core’s trademark howl melts hearts with the impassioned lyrics “You’re always there for me.”
BWR have amassed over 1 million video plays and “Guns” became the 9th most shared and play-listed track on Spotify in the UK during July. With a major label deal around the corner, the future’s looking bright.
Broken Witt Rebels are a band not to missed and with Bad Touch as will this is a double live delight
Bad Touch has dovetailed the album release, and UK co-headline tour on November 19th with the Australian rock band Massive.
The new album, which was recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales, features the singles“99%” and “Made ToBreak”, both *remixed for radio by the legendary Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey. Both singles will be accompanied by official music videos.
“99% is a great song to ride around in cars and drink beer and smoke pot and listen to rock and roll on the radio,” says ChrisKimsey. “Not that I drink beer or smoke pot , but I remember the simplicity of music and life so it’s good to hear it is alive and kicking with Bad Touch. I heard something that evoked a good time melodic love song. It just needed some re-arranging and mixing to get to the heart of the song.”
The new album, Truth Be Told sees Bad Touch celebrating classic rock with Southern boogie influences, supported with heavy guitar riffs and an iron-clad, tight rhythm section, in the great tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin.
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Truth Be Told, deft touch this 5-piece from Norfolk have created an album that does not have a touch bad. This is definitely a classic rock with the heat of the south, with finger-licking good guitar and tasty spicy vocals that make this album destined to excite the listener.
Opening with a trio of songs that get the musical juices running One More Night gets the listener connected to the force that is Bad Touch by the time the first guitar riff is played, the vocals growl you know this is going to be Classic Rock that will rock and roll your soul on a musical fairground ride of enchantment. Then the album leaps up high into the stratosphere with 99%, the single form the album that will be getting lots of radio play, a song that is destined to be a favourite live with its momentous chorus and stinging guitar hot as pepper sauce poured over blues that rocks. The tone deepens, slows becomes heavier and more considered with the opening guitar of Waiting For This. The drums boom as we wait for the star of the show the vocal prowess of Stevie Windwood, they dazzle with power as he skilfully navigates the music road laid down by the band. As with any rock band the rhythm section creating foundations for the guitar and vocal to shine and Bad Touch have achieved this in bucket loads, as the stunning closing bass line and drum combo demonstrates, leaving you want to hear more.
The trio of tracks are triumphant but the question can they maintain the momentum interest and rawness that is chiselled and shaped into a rock classic Truth Be Told. I will let you into the secret Yes, they can and definitely do on the bands sophomore album.
Every one of the dozen tracks on the album brings its own link in the musical ride around a fairground of musical pleasures to explore. Heartbreaker Soulbreaker has that little bit extra it fizzes with a soda stream of energy with its funky edge. The anthemic foot-tapping Let The Sun Shine has a bright and breezy vibe that makes you smile, a feel good southern fuelled number. The album bends and sways through rock nothing ground-breaking but solid as a rock. Outlaw is softer with Stevie’s vocals delivering the narrative as a story to unfold. The track has a sting just like an outlaw walking into town there is a tension and hint of danger.
It makes perfect sense closing with The Mountain with acoustic guitar and the vocals central to the song with lyrics that make you sit up take notice and hear what is being sung. The quiet opening moves in like a symphony to an electric core with a wonderful solo from Rob Glendinning. The track shows every facet of Bad Touch, rocking, brooding, insightful and above all musically appealing. Truth Be Told this is a band you want to hear live.
Bad Touch – Truth Be Told Release Date 2nd December
Bad Touch Single Truth Be Told is Greater than 99%
The first radio single “99%” (listen below) taken from BAD TOUCH’S new forthcoming album “Truth Be Told” – released by Bad Touch Records on Friday 2nd December.
The single 99% brings back the joy of summer fun and festivals, with finger licking guitar riffs and a southern vibe of hot sun, pepper sauce and bourbon. Yes, 99% is southern rocking blues the single has been re-mixed for radio by legendary Rolling Stones engineer/co-producer, “Chris Kimsey” (Sticky Fingers, Some Girls, Steel Wheels, Emotional Rescue).
BAD TOUCH hail from Norfolk but sound like a Southern blues-rock band with southern rock influences in the tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Crowes. Fresh from supporting Kentucky Headhunters on their recent UK tour. November sees Bad Touch back on the road on a co-headline tour.
BAD TOUCH embarks on a nationwide UK co-headline tour with Australian band MASSIVE from 19th November and will support Whiskey Myers at the Boston Arms in London on 1st December, followed by a performance at Planet Rockstock on 3rd December.
CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH MASSIVE * SUPPORTING WHISKEY MYERS IN LONDON
APPEARING AT PLANET ROCKSTOCK ON
SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2016
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Bad Touch – the 5-piece rock band from Norfolk, who recently supported the Kentucky Headhunters on their critically acclaimed sell-out UK tour, will release their second studio album “Truth Be Told” on Bad Touch Records, with distribution via Cadiz, on Friday 2nd December 2016.
To dovetail with the album release, the band will embark on a UK co-headline tour on from 19th November with the Australian rock band Massive. Says, Bad Touch’s lead singer Stevie Westwood, “We’re really excited about getting back on the road and co-headlining with Massive. It’s going to be a great tour full of high energy.”
The new album sees Bad Touch celebrating classic rock with Southern boogie influences, supported with heavy guitar riffs and an iron-clad, tight rhythm section, in the great tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin.
ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY BAD TOUCH
ALBUM RECORDED AT MWNCI STUDIO, WALES
PRODUCED BY BAD TOUCH
BAD TOUCH – LINE-UP
STEVIE WESTWOOD – LEAD VOCALS ROB GLENDINNING – LEAD GUITAR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR GEORGE DREWRY – DRUMS, KEYBOARDS, BACKING VOCALS MICHAEL BAILEY – BASS GUITAR DANIEL SEEKINGS – GUITARS, BACKING VOCALS
CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH MASSIVE * SUPPORTING WHISKEY MYERS IN LONDON
APPEARING AT PLANET ROCKSTOCK ON
SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2016