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 songs are solid, if sometimes failing to grab your attention. However closer “City Lights” has more hooks than JR Hartley’s tackle box.
The Answer and Rival Sons have shown it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. Maybe The Bad Flowers will bloom nonetheless.
What does it all *mean*?
That rock n roll is alive and kicking in Cannock
Goes well with…
It doesn’t “go” with anything. Prepare to be monstered…
Might suit people who like…