Rockers Bad Touch released their latest album Kiss The Sky this year, with a tour currently arranged for April 2021 (rescheduled due to the current pandemic). The band have been going from strength to strength recently, and their gigs are supposed to be utterly fantastic, so we decided it would be a good time to have a chat with frontman Steve Westwood. Check out how it went below!
By Jane Howkins
You’ve recently announced a UK tour for April, are you excited? Here’s hoping it can still go ahead!
Yeah, you and us both! Of course we’re excited; 2020 has seen us play a grand total of three shows, and while we are thankful to the organisers and the people who turned up, that’s just not enough for us. We live to be on the road and on the stage, and we have some serious fire in our bellies that we need to get out soon.
Will these dates be affected much by the pandemic? Do you think it will be a socially distanced gig?
Who knows? We’re all just living and taking it day by day. We’re being fed new info week by week. We’d love to think that our tour will be back to the sweaty, gritty vibe we know and love. But whether or not that’s a realistic or responsible expectation is another thing. We desperately want to play our music for you, but more than that we want people to be safe, and we want to do our bit so that this horrid time can be over as soon as possible.
How has the pandemic affected the band? Has it affected the workings of the band much over the last 9 months?
I don’t think there’s any corner of the world that hasn’t been affected. As I said previously, we’ve played just three shows this year, and honestly, that’s heartbreaking for us. We’ve rehearsed when we’ve been allowed to, and we’re now back in lockdown so that has stunted us again, just as we were getting back into the swing of things. We’re not beaten yet though, we’ll be back.
Why do you think people should come and see you perform live, and what can people expect from a Bad Touch gig?
As I type these words I promise you, any one who trusts us enough to venture out to a show, will get the biggest and best version of us. Never have we had more anticipation for a tour and more electricity stored up. It’s going to be insane.
You’re bringing Piston along with you on the tour. Did you know them before the tour was arranged? We’ve heard good things about their music, are you looking forward to touring with them?
Piston are great lads. We’ve known them for some years now and have become good friends. We can’t wait to have them on the road with us, we know that they’re feeling the same as us, and will make us step it up every night.
You recently released your new album – how did it all go? How did lockdown affect the process?
The process was well underway before the pandemic struck. We’d recorded the album by December 2019, and were in the middle of promoting it when it all kicked off. We stuck by our decision to not move the release date, as we wanted to give people a little fun and sunshine amidst all that was going on. The only downside was that the tour that we’d planned to use to promote the album is still yet to happen in April 2021 (check out www.badtouchrocks.co.uk for full details)
How has the writing and recording process changed since you first started out as a band?
Not much has changed since the early days, we still write and rehearse in the same space we have since day one. We just write about emotions and situations we all feel and have experienced, in a hope that someone else feels the same way and can connect to our music. Our attitude towards writing remains true as well, we’re a melting pot of influences and ideas from every member, not bound by role. Quite often George (drums) will have a vocal line or guitar riff, just as often as I’ll have an idea for a drum beat – it keeps things fresh. With regards to recording, we’re lucky to have made some great friends over the years, and cannot wait to work with them again soon.
What sort of music have you been listening to recently, and what are your musical influences?
I listen to a lot of playlists on Spotify, it’s a really good way to keep your finger on the pulse of new music and draw inspiration. Bands that are influencing Bad Touch right here and now include, Rival Sons, Blackberry Smoke, Led Zeppelin, Black Stone Cherry, The Temperance Movement, Black Crowes plus so many more. Some personal inspirations for me as a singer? There’s the obvious contenders, people like; Robert Plant, Paul Rogers, Chris Robinson, Ronnie Van Zant, Freddie Mercury, and so many of the vintage hall-of-fame. Plus more modern people like; Charlie Starr, Cormac Neeson, Chris Roberston and Chris Cornell, to name just a few.
Do you have any singles planned for release? If so, what can you tell us about them?
Oh ho ho! We have big plans. Just because we’re in the grips of a national lockdown does not mean that the Bad Touch train stops rolling! Keep your eyes on our socials @badtouchrocks and we’ll see you very soon!
Any last words for the fans?
Just from the bottom of all our hearts, thank you for sticking with us. We promise we’ll be back, bigger and badder than ever. Please stay safe, and be cool to each other, you never know what someone else is going through. We’ll get through this together. Peace.