THE BAD FLOWERS Album  Launch  supported by THOSE DAMN CROWS / THESE WICKED RIVERS - Asylum 2 Birmingham 17.02.18

LINDSAY SMITH-BOAM

 

The Bad Flowers debut album ‘Starting Gun’ has been met with rapturous reviews and the official launch night was the hot ticket event of the weekend. 

The sold-out crowd at the Asylum 2 in Birmingham was expectant and also pretty warm. It was a snug venue for such an anticipated launch night.

 

Derby band, These Wicked Rivers kicked off proceedings with some rather splendid blues infused, guitar driven rock which exploded off the stage and heated up the room even more.  It was a fabulous start to the night as the guys performed a loud and lively set of 6 songs, ‘Should’ve Known Better’, ‘That Girl’, ‘When The War is Won’, ‘Testify’, The Enemy’ and ‘Don’t Pray For Me’ all sounded great and it was more than obvious why the band are nominees for Best New Band category in Planet Rock’s upcoming “The Rock’s” awards.

John Hartwell has a strong voice and Arran Day was ripping out riffs accompanied by  Jon Hallam throwing down the low end on bass and the big hitting Dan Southall on drums.  Great job guys

 

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Next on stage were Those Damn Crows from Bridgend, South Wales. Wherever they go, the band seem able to engage a crowd, turning up the heat and pouring out their wonderful brand of loud rock and roll.  Opening with ‘Don’t Give A Damn’, there’s no let up from them as the melodies and music erupt from the stage.  No time for small talk, it’s one song after another as Shane works the audience into a fever, his vocal spot on and clear, stood on his now trademark box.  ‘The Fighter’, ‘Someone Someday’, ‘Rock n Roll Ain’t Dead’, ‘Fear Of The Broken’, followed by personal favourites, ‘Devil In My Pocket’ and ‘Blink Of An Eye’. 

 

The fullness of the guitar sounds and energy of the riffs, the booming of the bottom end and controlled power of the drums create an energy and superb tight sound.  Finishing their set with ‘Breakaway’ and ‘One Of These Nights’, Lloyd, David, Ronnie, Shane and Shiner proved that they are a force to be reckoned with and I was delighted to see how good this band have become.  With festival dates in the diary go and catch Those Damn Crows live.

 

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With two tremendous openers, the pressure was on The Bad Flowers to show not just how good their album tracks sound live but also if they could maintain the atmosphere and the smiles already in the room.

 

Their debut album ‘Starting Gun’ has been met with positive reviews, it is a good album, The Bad Flowers have a sound which exudes a refined rawness in the studio.  Tom has a lot of colour in his voice, a lilt, a throaty growl when needed and lots of passion.  I was interested to see if this would come across on a live stage.

 

The room was bursting at the seams and rather warm when the band took to the stage.  The lights stayed low and the smoke flooded the stage making it hard to see the band.  As the audience pushed forward they were instantly engaged, Karl tapping a rhythm with the sticks with the crowd clapping along before crashing into ‘Hurricane’, it was clear that they meant business. Dropping straight into ‘Who Needs A Soul’ and ‘Big Country’, the set list was obviously going to be predominantly the new album tracks as expected.  Karl Selickis threw some serious expression into his drumming keeping the pace rolling on and Dale Tonks is one of the grooviest bass players around, funking up the bottom end whilst Tom Leighton’s hooks and rampant riffs stick the whole thing together with style.  Thanking fans for supporting them over the past couple of years and for turning out for the launch, the chat was kept brief and the songs were kept flowing.  The band seemed genuinely delighted at the response from the crowd especially during ‘Run Run Run’ from their first EP and recent single ‘Thunder Child’ which whipped the crowd up.

 

The Cannock trio finished their main set with the albums closing track ‘City Lights’ before heading off briefly only to return for an encore.   A delay as the sound man had gone AWOL but the cheers went up as the guys took to the stage and powered through ‘Living The Dream’ before a splendid version of Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ brought things to an end.

 

The band have honed their sound and it has transferred well from the studio to a live setting.  The venue that I thought a bit small for a launch night proved itself to be about perfect as the sound filled the room. 

 

Catch the Bad Flowers supporting Stone Broken on their upcoming tour.

 

Set list:

Hurricane

Who Needs a Soul

Big Country

Lions Blood

Secrets

Let’s Misbehave

Run Run Run

Be Your Man

Rich Man

I Don’t Believe It

Thunder Child

City Lights

Living The Dream

War Pigs (Sabbath Cover)

 

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