Album Review: Bad Touch – Shake A Leg
Released 5th October on Marshall Records
Bad Touch have certainly been storming up the gig ladder over the last couple of years.
Their prowess on the stage led to ever larger slots – via Download, Hard Rock Hell and Steelhouse – culminating in this year’s tour support with Skid Row.
Signing a worldwide album deal with Marshall Records was a massive plus too.
And it is certainly in the live arena where they shine. The boys from Norfolk (UK) have an exciting swagger as they deliver their brand of classic rock and heavy blues.
Delving through their two album back catalogue, you can get a sense of the feel-good sound the band deliver. And with next weeks (5th October) release of Shake A Leg, it would be an injustice if this does not propel them to even greater heights.
The first single, Skyman, is already out.
With heavy riffing guitars, a solid southern rock beat and a catchy sing-along chorus it’s a great song.
But it’s not the best on the album.
I’ve not heard such a great album opener like Lift Your Heads Up for quite some time. It’s full on and with such an awesome and energetic bass line you find yourself totally swept along for the ride.
“Its time to wake up and smell the roses”, claims Stevie Westwood on track two, Hammer Falls. This is almost a challenge for us to get on board with the Shake A Leg album. Actually the song is about fairweather friends, but it’s a reasonable shout!
As a 13 track body of work, Shake A Leg improves with each listen and this is definably not some throw away album. This makes it hard to highlight three or four ‘best’ songs. I’ve not even mentioned “I Belong”.. or “Dressed To Kill”.. or “Slow Tempest”.
With the release of Shake A Leg, the question is have Bad Touch raised their game even further? Can we see a path of song writing maturity and instrumental improvement?
Hell, yes. And every plaudit which comes their way is well deserved.
If entertainment was top of their to-do list, then there is a massive tick in that box.
Bad Touch are surely now flying the flag for British Classic Rock. Its been a stellar year for the band and on this evidence, 2019 looks like it might even top that.
With the sad news of the impending demise of the Brickmakers in Norwich and the loss of yet another venue (B2), it’s great to hear some good news coming out of my home County.