BAD TOUCH release their eagerly-awaited third album, 'Shake A Leg' on the 5th October with Marshall Records and here, at Down The Front, we've had a sneaky peek! The band will support the release with their Shake A Leg UK headline tour that starts on 14th October in Newcastle. The album will be released on CD, gold vinyl and digital download and can be pre-ordered from Pledge Music via this link - www.pledgemusic.com/projects/bad-touch-shake-a-leg
The 'Skyman' single will also be available as an instant gratis track with all pre-orders of the new album. Check out the video for 'Skyman' on this YouTube link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtZK6S0Jpb4
'Shake A Leg' features 13 tracks inspired by all the members' influences, which they proudly wear on their sleeve; “We wanted the album to embody songs that not only sounded fresh and exciting, but also communicated lyrics that meant something to us on a personal level that our fans could identify with,” says guitarist Rob Glendinning.
Bad Touch originally formed in 2010 when the band members were still in college and recorded their first EP in 2012. 'Shake a Leg' is their third album, their first two receiving rave reviews, and I can tell straight away that the beloved Bad Touch sound remains but the sound is maturing and simply getting better.
The first track 'Lift Your Head Up' depicts exactly what the band want their audiences to get from their music, the need to sing along and dance the night away, and this album will do just that from start to finish. Stand out tracks for me include 'Hammer Falls', 'Take Me Away', 'I Belong' and of course 'Skyman' - see review here https://www.downthefrontmedia.com/down-the-front-media/music-reviews/bad-touch-skyman-single/. Featured prominently is that big soulful vocal, striking guitars and powerhouse rhythm section, topped with that whiskey-soaked southern stamp.
Stevie Westwood's voice sounds better than ever as he launches track after stellar track, without giving you the opportunity to take a breath before he takes you on another winding journey through pensive and observant lyrics, carried along on irresistible riffs.
The pace changes, rising and falling between songs, 'I Belong' being by far the most passionately delivered IMO - it has real fire in its belly - but all with the trademark core bluesy hard rock sound which has earned the band a legion of fans and a worldwide record deal.
The guitars chug and scream through the album, giving us a plethora of mouthwatering solos, all underpinned by a solid drum beat and arresting bass line. I particularly love the depth of the bass in 'Take Me Away', a riff-driven song about a feeling of being lost which I'm sure many of us can relate to.
Songs to guarantee a high incidence of dancing include 'Lift Your Head Up', 'Too Many Times' and 'Dressed To Kill', while there are slower songs which build to a climactic chorus, like 'I Belong'. And I can really visualise Stevie strutting his stuff to 'Show Me What It Means'; "a heavy foot stomper of a song about being shown what you are missing out on in the way you live your life".
This is yet another feel-good and insightful album from Bad Touch, packed with tracks their fans will adore and which will gain them new fans wherever they go. As I've said previously, their stage presence is immense so check them out on tour. And buy this record.
Lift Your Head Up
Too Many Times
Dressed To Kill
Show Me What It Means
Take Me Away
Believe In Me
Movin’ On Up
Bury Me (When I’m Gone)
Stevie Westwood – Vocals
Rob Glendinning – Lead Guitar
Daniel ‘Seeks’ Seekings – Guitar / Vocals
Michael Bailey – Bass
George Drewry – Drums / Vocals
Keep up-to-date with Bad Touch by visiting their official website and social media:
Website - http://www.badtouchrocks.co.uk/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/badtouchrocks/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/badtouchrocksuk
Wednesday 17th October 2018 - Newcastle University Union
Thursday 18th October 2018 - The Cathouse Rock Club, Glasgow
Friday 19th October 2018 - Ironworks, Inverness
Monday 20th October 2018 - Bannerman’s, Edinburgh
Wednesday 31st October 2018 - Academy 3, Manchester
Thursday 1st November 2018 - The Flowerpot, Derby
Friday 2nd November 2018 - Welly 2, Hull
Saturday 3rd November 2018 - Corporation, Sheffield
Monday 5th November 2018 - The Wardrobe, Leeds
Tuesday 6th November 2018 - ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
Thursday 8th November 2018 - Eleven, Stoke-On-Trent
Friday 9th November 2018 - The Waterfront, Norwich
Saturday 10th November 2018 - ULU Live, London
Thursday 15th November 2018 - The 1865, Southampton
Friday 16th November 2018 - Cobblestones, Bridgewater
Saturday 17th November 2018 - Livewire, Saltash
Sunday 18th November 2018 - The Bullingdon, Oxford
Monday 19th November 2018 - The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
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