What does it sound like?:
Three years and 2 EPs on, The Bad Flowers have released their first album – no mean feat for a band that’s still unsigned and self-managed. The band have been getting increasing coverage from Planet Rock who are always keen to champion new British talent, and their debut is a full on stomping riff fest.
There’s no bluesy boogie here – it’s very much in your face thunder from the outset, and opening tracks “Thunder Child” and “Lions Blood” have plenty of twists and turns. Singer and guitarist Tom Leighton has a hint of the Cult’s Ian Astbury’s voice (although thankfully not his dress sense) and on “Rich Man” he gives his guitar playing more of a work out. There’s no hiding place in a 3 piece, and Dale Tonks (bass) and Karl Selickis (drums) are the foundations to the wall of sound that is central to this album.
“I Hope” offers up a change of pace showcasing Leighton’s voice, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar – the song is almost too slight to stand up but is saved by the vocal and the chorus. Across the rest of the album the » Continue Reading.