For their latest offering, Bad Touch locked themselves away in the hallowed halls of Rockfield Studios in Wales. This being a spot where Queen recorded hits such as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and if that isn’t enough to get the creative juices flowing then nothing will. Of course, when bands record in such legendary surroundings as Rockfield, it forces them to raise their game, and that’s exactly what Bad Touch have done with ‘Kiss The Sky’.
The thirteen-track album kicks off with the battle cry of ‘Come A Little Closer’. A song which feels like a call to arms, and a strong contender for a set opener on the band’s forthcoming UK tour. The NWOCR favourites quickly switch things up with the funky sounds of ‘I Get High’.
Bad Touch very much wear their influences on their sleeves, and even the album title itself is a bit of a nod to the late great Jimi Hendrix, drawing from a line in the song ‘Purple Haze’. Likewise, you can very much hear the inspiration of their southern rock peers in songs like the heartfelt ‘Let Go’ and the spellbinding ‘Sun And The Moon’. The latter of which almost feels like the missing track from The Black Crowes ‘Southern Harmony and Musical Companion’. It’s a real gem in what is an incredibly strong release for Bad Touch.
‘Strut’ is full of infectious riffs and melodies, and jam-packed with classic rock swagger. It’s no wonder it was one of the first tracks to be released from the album.
The rather uplifting ‘I’ve Got The Music In Me’ has become an anthem for these troubled times within the music industry. The song fronted Marshall Amplifications ‘Save Our Venues’ t-shirt campaign in partnership with the Music Venue Trust. Whilst beautiful ballads such as ‘See You Again’ showcase the mellower side of the band’s repertoire.
With the latest Bad Touch offering, they’ve gone all out and pushed the production far beyond what we saw on their previous album ‘Shake A Leg’. The sound and the songs are certainly a lot bigger and bolder than we’ve heard before, giving the band a new dynamic – a move that has certainly paid off. Producer Nick Brine has worked his magic on this release.
Now four albums in, Bad Touch has returned with what is arguably their strongest release to date.