Bad Touch

Bad Touch: Create a memory

Bad Touch have been making a joyous rock ‘n roll noise for the past six years – in which time the Norfolk five-piece have released two full-length albums; toured with the likes of The Quireboys, Jared James Nichols, and The Kentucky Headhunters; and played festivals like Hard Rock Hell and Download.

As the band embark on their co-headlining ‘Planet Rock Roadstars’ tour with Broken Witt Rebels, Bad Touch guitarist Daniel Seekings talks starting out in pubs, latest album ‘Truth Be Told’, cover versions, and why hitting the road is what it’s all about.

You’ve been compared to bands like Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Led Zeppelin. Is that the sort of stuff you bonded over when forming the band?

Yeah, it’s unreal. They’re some of the greatest rock bands ever and to be compared to them is amazing. I’ve definitely been listening to those kinds of bands from a young age, but there are loads of bands and artists we listen to that would surprise people. We all love other stuff like country, heavy metal, funk, and soul. We’re hugely diverse when it comes to our listening tastes.

Like so many bands, Bad Touch began in local pubs, playing originals and cover versions. What did those early days teach you about writing songs and performing?

We’ve always written songs – our very first show had originals in it because we always knew that’s what we wanted to do – and I think friends and family encouraged us to write more and more. Covers really help you learn song structures and dynamics, so that’s what we got from playing stuff like Free, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, and some Guns ‘N Roses.

In terms of performing, they’re the days where you really learn to be a band. They’re so important in what you become. You learn how to be comfortable playing in front of a bunch of people.

So how did it feel when that bunch of people started singing back your lyrics to you?

It’s unbelievable, you feel like you’ve made it. It’s such a special feeling and it’s something that means so much to you that you never forget it.

A lot of bands struggle to capture the energy and excitement of their live performances on their albums. But you’ve managed to do it on both ‘Half Way Home’ and ‘Truth Be Told’. What’s the trick?

Thank you! It really means a lot. It’s hard to explain, but I guess it’s just down to the passion we put into the band on and off stage. Comparing the two albums, I don’t think we did anything different on purpose but I do think we’ve matured as people and songwriters, which played a big part.

So is there a song on ‘Truth Be Told’ that best sums up how you’ve matured?

That’s a tough one, but for me I think it would be ‘The Mountain’. I think it’s a great song that has a bit of everything, and the feel and dynamics are great.

Talking dynamics, how has the dynamic of the band changed since Harry Slater took over from your original lead guitarist Rob Glendinning?

Harry’s a different player to Rob, which is exciting and new. And I look forward to hearing what people think.

And what else are you looking forward to on the Roadstars tour?

Just getting back out on the road – that’s what it’s all about! Just getting up on stage and doing what we do best!

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BROKEN WITT REBELS & BAD TOUCH
MARCH / APRIL 2017 UK TOUR

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Thursday 16th March 2017
Leeds, Brudenell

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33 Queen’s Rd, Leeds, LS6 1NY
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Friday 17th March 2017
Newcastle, Cluny

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36 Lime Street, Ouseburn
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Saturday 18th March 2017
Glasgow, O2 ABC

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300 Sauchiehall Street
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Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Norwich, Waterfront

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Thursday 23rd March 2017
Sheffield, Greystones

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Greystones Road, Sheffield, S11 7BS
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Friday 24th March 2017
Manchester, Ruby Lounge

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High Street, Manchester, M4 1QB
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Saturday 25th March 2017
Nottingham, Bodega

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23 Pelham St, Nottingham, NG1 2ED
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Thursday 30th March 2017
Bristol, Tunnels

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Arches 31 & 32, Bristol & Exeter Mews,
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Friday 31st March 2017
Brighton, Haunt

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10 Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ
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Saturday 1st April 2017
Southampton, Talking Heads

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16-22 The Polygon
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Sunday 2nd April 2017
Cardiff, The Globe

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125 Albany Rd, Cardiff, CF24 3NS
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Friday 7th April 2017
Birmingham, O2 Academy

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16-18 Horse Fair, Birmingham, B1 1DB
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Saturday 8th April 2017
London, The Borderline

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