Monday, 26 August 2013

Bad Touch - Carlton 16/08/2013 & Flying Dutchman 24/08/2013

August has been a good month for Bad Touch fans of North Suffolk, as the boys performed there twice in eight days at The Carlton, Lowestoft and the Flying Dutchman, Oulton Broad.

With their local presence in the area growing by the month, the Carlton was a new venue for the boys, and they squeezed into the performing space provided to complete two 45 minute sets.

Packed with Bad Touch fans old and new, the pub is starting to stamp its authority as an upcoming live music venue, and with money in the pot for the completion of its refurbishment, their PR campaign is bound to be successful.

With the PA whirring to the sound of 'Set the night on fire', the ageing windows looked to be feeling the full force of rock & roll as the glass panes vibrated in their frames, seemingly dancing to the top quality music inside.

Completing the set looked unlikely at the beginning of the night, with rhythm guitarist Seeks genuinely suffering with a viral infection, but his professionalism shone through as he saw the show through to the very end, making the very sensible decision not to sing and backing vocals as he could barely speak.

Combining classic covers and original tracks perfectly, the pace flipped between party rock and moody ballad – from the likes of Bon Jovi's 'Wanted Dead or Alive' to original anthem 'Waiting on the Morning Light'.

The highlight of the show had to be the 'Lock and Load' mash up with Nelly's 'Hot in Here', featuring an epic drum solo by George and some pretty impressive rapping by Stevie, who actually managed two verses of the R&B classic by the time the boys performed at the Flying Dutchman on the 24th.

Sporting a new stage area and plenty of room for the crowds to enjoy the music, the Flying Dutchman too has had some impressive work done, making for a much better gig experience. With one whole side of the pub now a dedicated performance area, it's a welcome upgrade, and with friendly bar staff and 'Coronitas' on offer (Tequila slush with a Corona), the venue has improved dramatically.

Following the cancellation of a show in Doncaster for the Friday night, the Flying Dutchman gig was unexpected and fairly last minute, not that you'd be able to tell that with the boys performing to a really high standard as usual.

The gig saw the debut performance of their brand new track 'Halfway Home', a bluesy, soulful song with meaningful lyrics and a fantastic melody. With an unmistakable catchy Bad Touch sing-a-long tag line, it's sure to be another memorable classic.

Rob was his usual brilliant self, excelling particularly during 'Preacher', but looked glad of the rest as he chilled out, sitting down on stage during George's 'Lock & Load' drum solo.

A last-minute set change saw the boys perform 'Superstition' and Bailey expertly kicked the song from Stevie Wonder style to Bad Touch style effortlessly on the Bass guitar.

Finishing with 'Down', the boys have yet another successful gig under their belts, in preparation for their headlining performance on the B2 stage at Brickfest on Bank Holiday Monday before heading into a very busy September.

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