Who doesn’t like a bit of southern-tinged rock n roll? Great riffs, catchy hooks, and country-flavoured music. Bad Touch continue this great recipe on ‘Truth Be Told’, their second album. Hailing from Norfolk, this five piece… wait! Norfolk? One listen to this album, and you’d think these guys were born and bred somewhere like Kentucky or Georgia.
From the off, there’s a very strong Black Crowes sound to the music, singer Stevie Westwood even sounding similar to Chris Robinson. Opening track ‘One More Night’ has that classic Black Crowes swagger to it. Warm, crunchy guitars from Daniel Seekings and Rob Glendinning, coupled with some sweet organ, provide a platform for Stevie’s vocals. Lead single, ‘99%’ is an upbeat rocker with guitar parts straight out of the school of Keef Richards, and some lovely country fried lead parts. There are catchy hooks all over ‘Truth Be Told’, and the songs are sure to have people singing along at their gigs. Elsewhere on the album they channel the funkier side of Led Zeppelin on “Heartbreakersoulshaker”. In fact, it wouldn’t sound out of place on a Glenn Hughes record. Every great rock ‘n’ roll album should have one great ballad on it, and Bad Touch don’t disappoint with “Take Your Time”. It’s a gentle, sparse track that really shows off Stevie’s voice over soulful guitars. The level of songwriting on display is of the highest calibre, and the production is nice and crisp, making for a thoroughly enjoyable 50 minutes. I can’t fault this album, and it is surely a sign that Bad Touch are destined for greatness.
Since releasing ‘Truth Be Told’, Bad Touch have announced that guitarist Rob Glendinning has departed the band, and the split was amicable. His replacement has been announced as 20 year-old virtuoso Harry Slater, who was recommended to the band by Glendinning himself.
Bad Touch hit the road in March, along with Broken Witt Rebels, as part of Planet Rock Roadstars tour. Dates can be found here
Review: Colin Plumb