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Planet Rock Roadstars

The Bodega Nottingham 25th March 2017.

Planet Rock Roadstars March/April UK Tour presents a great evening of bluesy hard rock with co-headliners Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch playing at The Bodega in Nottingham. A great little venue that made the night quite intimate, with a great view wherever you were.

Danny Core - Broken Witt Rebels

First up were Bad Touch, who played some great tracks from their new album “Truth Be Told”. With Planet Rock giving their first single from the album “99%” plenty of air play, I knew the rest of the album would be great and it was even better live. I loved “Take Your Time”, a personal song to lead singer Stevie who put so much emotion and passion into this moving track.

Stevie Westwood - Bad Touch

With the departure of lead guitarist Rob, it was my first time of seeing his replacement Harry play. Harry had big shoes to fill but he certainly has filled them! Giving him a solo, he showed off his wonderful talents and he is certainly a great addition to the band, although his image could do with a bit of roughening up which I know the rest of the band are working on! Rumours are they are going to tie him to the back of the van and drag him along for a few miles to rough his image up. I look forward to seeing and hearing his input into the bands future songs.

Harry Slater - Bad Touch

Next up was headliners Broken Witt Rebels, a 4 piece indie/blues rock band from Birmingham.

Luke Davis - Broken Witt Rebels

Playing their most recent single “Georgia Pine” which is the title track from their current EP, and the third single taken from it. They also gave us a preview into their debut album with “Snake Eyes” which was very well received from the crowd.

James Tranter - Broken Witt

Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch was very well suited together, Bad Touch stole the show for me as I felt Broken Witt Rebels lacked that “oomph” and needed to let rip that little bit more.

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

Bad Touch

It was pretty cool to catch up with Bad Touch at RockWich 2015 as these guys are no strangers to Music224. Here’s what Toni and the band chatted about…

Toni and Bad Touch

For those that don’t know Bad Touch, explain a little about yourselves and what you do? How did you decide on Bad Touch as a name?

I’m Steve, I’m the singer

I’m Seeks, I play guitar

I’m George, I play the drums

I’m Bailey, I’m the bassist

I’m Rob, I play guitar

Steve – We still don’t know the answer, we change it everytime to keep people guessing. I like to think it’s because when we were a lot younger, we were listening to Bad Company and things like that, we wanted to call ourselves Bad Company but couldn’t so had to change it slightly. It’s just an adolescent name we came up with.

Rob – At least it’s difficult to forget, that’s one good thing.

Your debut Album “Half Way Home” was released earlier this year, how do you work together getting the lyrics and the music right?

Steve – It really is a group effort, a lot of bands have a sole songwriter or a sole lyricist but we literally, just go from day to day things we read on food packets and things and we work on it together and it evolves. Sometimes I’ll write some lyrics and then George will write some lyrics.

Seeks – Someone will have an idea of a song and then the rest of the band finish it.

Steve – We all come from different walks of life and you think I’m stuck for a line, I can’t think about where it should go or how the chorus should develop, and someone says let’s do this and it sounds so obvious, why didn’t I think of it. Different people have different ideas – it’s a nice way to write.

What is your favourite song to play live?

Steve – All of them

Seeks – Timewarp

Steve – I like Motherload, Motherload is fun.

Rob – Straight up isn’t it.

Seeks – Very fun to play

Steve – Anything from our debut album Halfway home

You have had a fantastic year, touring with Quireboys, Tyketto, Electric Boys and Bonafide and played many festivals including Degeneration, Download, Steelhouse, Wildfire and Winter Rocks. What has been the highlight so far?

Steve – It has to be Download, bet you was feeling that answer before we said it really.

Seeks – Anyone in a rock band, it’s their dream isn’t it?

Steve – I just thought it was like the UK’s biggest rock festival but it’s the biggest one in the world. It was amazing to think that we’d done it.

Rob – And to be fair to them, they treated us like kings.

Steve – Yeah, it was really funny cos when we got there a pick up turned up as soon as we had parked, unloaded our van and then drove off. We were like is this normal? Obviously, we hoped they were going to our stage then a minbus picked us up to take us to the stage. It sounds really mundane but for us we are used to loading all our gear ourselves.

Seeks – We even got a dressing room

Rob – We got to stay for the whole day, so got to see loads of bands

George – And a lot of free Red Bull

Steve – Because we were on the Red Bull stage

Who are you looking forward to seeing today?

Seeks – Texas Flood

Steve – Yeah, love Texas Flood, well everyone really – I don’t know everyone who’s playing.

Seeks – Yeah, I only know a few bands on the bill

Steve – I love soaking it all up really, live music good bad or ugly, it all helps your musical body.

Any words of wisdom/advice to any new and upcoming bands?

Steve – We are an upcoming band

Seeks – Don’t quit

Steve – My grandad always said, the only difference between the people who make it and the people who don’t, are the people who quit. And that’s very true because if you do just keep doing it the law of averages says the monkeys with the typewriters, you’re going to get somewhere. No matter which way you go about it, just playing your local area or whatever, just keep doing it and then eventually you’ll think right I’ve done this, lets do something else. They know it’s hard at the start and they expect the easiness to come.

Seeks – It gets harder doesn’t it?

Steve – Yes, it gets harder, it’s not the other way around.

Seeks – It’s hard work

Steve – People think it gets easier the longer your together but it doesn’t, it gets harder. If you love it and you want to do it, you do it.

What’s next for Bad Touch?

Steve – Back to Norwich tomorrow to play Brickfest, that’s kind of our local venue so that’s always fun.

Seeks – We are doing Snakecharmer tour in November and hopefully we’ll be back out on the road beginning of next year.

Steve – We are still writing

Seeks – Yes, always writing, we are working on stuff for the next album but we don’t know when we are going to do it.

Steve – We are all really excited about it, because the stuff we are writing at the minute personally, we all think is the best stuff we’ve written and you have got to maintain that.

Seeks – It’s like, we are holding it back but release it with the album.

Steve – Yeah we are desperate to play these songs in front of people but we decided this time lets promote the album and then do it right. It’s all a learning curve, we get it wrong, learn from what you should or you shouldn’t do.

Where do you buy your Jeans?

Steve – There was some sneaky paparazzi action yesterday in Next, caught us in the ladies section.

Seeks – Most of mine are your hand me downs

Steve – Yeah to be fair we buy from e-bay, I’ve got a slightly smaller hip size to Seeks and he’s got a slightly larger one to mine so if I get jeans that are too big for me, I give them to him and vicer versa.

Many thanks to Bad Touch for taking the time out to talk to us and we hope to see you again back on tour, soon.

Interview by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

Bad Touch

‘Half Way Home’.

Bad Touch have been together for five years doing gigs around the UK, however “Half Way Home” is there first debut album.They were a band that not many people had heard of to begin with, but as the years have passed they have gained more and more fans by playing a variety of venues ranging from small pubs to the stages of Download. It clearly shows they have a sound that appeals to people across so many music genres and to all ages too.

Bad Touch - Half Way Home

The first album has made a great starting point for the band, the look of the album cover alone is great quality and makes you want to pick this album up! The cover uses more earthy colours, they’re not the kind of colours that are in your face but mixed with the cross roads sign-post it looks the part and looks like it has a story to tell.

‘Wise Water’ is the first track on the album and this track was the first single to be released from their debut album. The song is upbeat and progressive, it’s a very catchy song with a great electric guitar riff and a nice drum beat which gives it an old school rock feel and makes a great start to this Half Way Home album.

‘Waste My Time’ is the second song off the album and it’s also a catchy number which gets you tapping your feet to the beat of the drums.The way George plays the drums in this song gives it a classic rock feel which with the catchy guitar riffs and the mellow bass playing perfectly to the beat, makes for a great classic sound. There are also some good vocals as the singer has a relaxed voice with a lot of power making him easy to listen to – not just in this song but throughout the whole album.

‘A New Day’ is the next track which starts out slower than the previous tracks but when you hit the chorus it then picks up more pace. The best part of this song would have to be the lyrics as well as the vocals from Stevie but the sound of the drums and guitar help bring this track together and as you hit the end of the song there is also a great guitar solo.

‘Halfway Home’ being the track the album is named after, defiantly does it justice. It is one of the slower tracks on the album and it delivers some great lyrics and vocals with meaning and this is another song that contains a really nice guitar solo. This song is about being lost and trying to find yourself.

‘Motherload’ is next up and another great song with a great guitar riff. This song has a nice rhythm to it from the drums and again it has some strong vocals. It also has a catchy chorus which is used to wrap up the track towards the end.

‘Preacher’ is the next track on the album and is led by the vocals. It is another slow starting song that kicks it up a notch at the chorus. This track also contains some great riffs throughout.

‘Something Someone’ is one of those songs that tugs at the emotions and it conveys a lot through the vocals and lyrics. It also has a great guitar solo, the drums also sound good too and everything together makes for a good song.

‘Sweet Little Secret’ – the vocals, drums and guitar are all strong in this track and yet another song with a catchy chorus although the chorus is slower than the other songs on the album, but just as good.

‘No Excuse’ is another song that starts out slower but is another emotional song with a lot of emotion put into the lyrics and vocals. It does however pick up some speed around half way through the song.

‘Good On Me’ is a more upbeat song mainly about wearing women’s jeans! It’s both funny and catchy making it a song you could be stuck singing for hours. It has a nice guitar riff and the drums help set the pace for this song and keep the rhythm – it’s a good and catchy song.

‘Words I Never Said’ has strong vocals which are to be expected being as it’s the last song on the album and it’s a great song to finish a great album.

Over all, the album is fantastic and I can’t fault it. If this is anything to go by then Bad Touch hold a lot of promise for the future. This classic turn on rock with a hint of blues is a great sound for the band and if I was to suggest this album to anybody, then it would be to Led Zeppelin fans. I can’t wait to see what Bad Touch have got planned for the future but I don’t think they will disappoint.

If I was to rate this album, I would defiantly mark it a 10/10 and I would try and convince anyone to give this album a listen as it is defiantly worth it.

Review by Matthew York.