Midlands based hard rock band, The Bad Flowers, recently released their debut studio album Starting Gun on Friday 16th February 2018. The album is a follow up to 2016’s self-titled EP and shows the great progression of song writing and musicianship of The Bad Flowers over the past two years.
The band will perform two rescheduled concerts with Stone Broken at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd on Friday 18th May and at the Birmingham O2 Institute on Saturday 19th May, followed by a series of high profile festivals in the summer including Stone Free, Steelhouse and Hard Rock Hell.
Following the September release of their recent single Thunder Child, The Bad Flowers we’re named as one of Planet Rock Radio’s “Ones To Watch”. Thunder Child, the first single taken from the Starting Gun, gained heavy airplay and was described by the station as “pure, dynamic, riff-heavy rock ‘n’ roll delivered with passion and prowess.” The band’s second single “Hurricane” was also play-listed on Planet Rock.
Starting Gun was recorded at Vigo Studios, near the band’s hometown of Cannock. The band chose this studio because they wanted to make a record that sounded like their roots and had the chance to work with long-time friend of the band and producer Adam Beddow, who has recently helped produce Diamond Head’s most current work.
The members of The Bad Flowers reflect on what the new album means to them:
Tom Leighton - Vocals & Guitar
The whole process of recording this album has been a huge labour of love, it’s come at the right time in our progression, we originally wanted to record an album two years ago but shelved the idea at that point, and I glad we did! The last two years have seen us play some shows with some amazing artists and we’ve all been though some ups and downs as everybody does, but it think it’s helped us to write some of our best songs.
There’s all out songs with monster riffs and big chorus’ down to a song with just one acoustic guitar and vocals and plenty in between, I think this album will show that we have more than one trick up our sleeve and I’m reallyexcited for people to hear what we have made.
We plan on hitting the road as hard as possible in 2018 to get this music into everyone’s ears, we have a full UK tour the week after the album comes out, and a few festival appearances already in the diary and plenty more things in the pipeline!
Dale Tonks - Bass
Recording the album and getting to the point where it ready to be unleashed to the world is an exciting, yet scary, thing to try and grasp. To me it's like a time stamp on everything we have done up to now, how the band, sound, style and us as musicians have developed. It’s also been one hell of a ride in the making. It's been hours in the practice room and studio slugging away and sometimes giving each other a constructive kick up the backside trying to better ourselves and mold the songs into what we want them. We never wanted to over complicate the songs or lose the meaning and passion that has gone into them. We’ve put everything into every single track.
It's been such a rollercoaster of emotions that I know we have all gone through at points, but when I've listen back to the tracks I think, man, we make some damn good noise together, that's not me being big headed but I just love it and love playing these songs with what are now my brothers, I just can't wait for others to be able to hear them and hopefully enjoy and get their groove on as much as I do.
Karl Selickis - Drums
It’s been a year-long process with the writing and recording process that’s resulted into the Starting Gun album. We’ve all encountered many different emotions. There's been highs, and a lot of lows, but as an end product I can happily say without being too cliché, that I’ve never been happier. Starting Gun shows our raw talent enthusiasm and professional attitude to our craft.
The album itself I think shows true dedication to a new generation rock revival. True to our word and influences! Not apply has it had us work our knuckles the bare bone it has made us tighter as a unit as friends and as a family! I am truly proud to call this our debut album and hope that everyone else feels the way we do come February 16th.
Produced by Adam Beddow and Tom Leighton
Recorded and engineered by Adam Beddow
At Vigo Studios
Tom Leighton - Vocals, Guitar’s.
Dale Tonks - Bass guitar and Backing vocals
Karl Selickis - Drums
Mastered by Fabian Tormin at Plätlin Mastering, Hamburg, Germany
1. Thunder Child
This was the first single release from the album. We wanted to go all out with a huge riff and chorus and wanted to set the pace for the record. Lyrically this is about a mythical woman with powers over you.
2. Lions Blood
This is one of the first songs we wrote for the album. It’s about being brave and not being afraid to do what you want to do.
It’s the last song we wrote together for the album. Most of the writing was actually done whilst we were in the studio. It actually replaced something else. We wrote the riff and sat back and all agreed that this had to be included on the album. It features lots of fuzz and octaves, just the kind of things that we like!
4. Rich Man
Rich man is about a man that has everything materialistic he could ever want but a cost. Just because this man has everything doesn’t mean he is rich in life or love.
5. I Hope
This was a real last minute edition, some what a personal song, I just sat down in the studio one evening with a guitar and sung.
6. Let’s Misbehave
I wanted to write a song about life being short, about how we shouldn’t be afraid to go out and do the things we want to do, and not let anyone hold you back. The song was originally an acoustic track but we starting jamming with it one rehearsal and this is the result of that night. It’s an emotional song with a lot of grit, Karl captured the feel perfectly on the drums.
7. Who Needs A Soul
With this we wanted to write a dirty groove filled rock blues songs, Dale brought the groove with his bass lines in this for sure! It’s one of our favourite live tracks, and features lots of energy.
8. Be Your Man
This has a stabbing groove and a fast tempo change with some big vocals.
Hurricane is one of the heavier tracks on the record, we wrote it a long time ago, in fact it was one of the first songs we wrote as a band, this had to make its way to the album as it’s been a mainstay in the live set.
10. I Don’t Believe It
We wanted to make something a little heavier with this. It’s full of riffs and a BIG chorus. It’s super-fast, and features one of my favourite guitar solos on the record.
11. City Lights
A longtime favourite of the band and fans alike, we wrote this song for out Ep last year but wanted to remix it and put it out on the album, it feels right. It was written when we were in Vienna two years ago. I think it was at the height of the refugee crisis and talks about how people want to get somewhere better but were being totally ignored.
Teddy Rocks Festival
Sunday 6th May 2018
Camden Rocks Festival
Saturday 2nd June 2018
Venue: Fiddlers Elbow
Fiddler’s Elbow. 1 Malden Rd,
Belsize Park, London, NW5 3HS
Stone Free Festival
Sunday 17th June 2018
Saturday 28th July 2018
Hard Rock Hell
Saturday 10th November 2018
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