Dougie Burns saw Bad Touch on their Shake a Leg Tour at the Ironworks, Inverness.
Bad Touch are the rock band to see. Now touring the UK promoting the album ‘Shake a Leg’, this is a return journey north for this band from Norfolk.
They have been to the Ironworks before in a support role with Glasgow’s very own King King and have also supported veteran American rockers Skid Row.
It’s a very enthusiastic crowd tonight who’ve caught on to the buzz. First up of the two support bands are Swiss band Daxx & Roxane who are really going for it.
I’m a sucker for a band with a rhythm guitarist and this band has that very thing in Simon Golaz. Songs with not so subtle names like ‘Ticket to Rock’ are a lot of fun.
The sound is full, tight and with a really AC/ DC type crunch . They remind me a bit of another new rock band The Temperance Movement. These guys are great.
Second up are Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics. It’s a tough gig following Daxx but the band put in a lot of effort.
They even throw in a great version of the Police song ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’.
Formerly the singer with rock media darlings Heaven’s Basement, Aaron Buchanan is a very energetic performer. He had to use all of it to try to win back the audience from the opening act. But I don’t know if he managed.
The stars of the show Bad Touch have no such worries, they launch straight in to a storming rendition of new single ‘Lift your Head Up’.
Then straight into another new song ‘Movin’ On Up’.
Their song ‘Good on Me’ from their 2015 debut album ‘Half Way Home’ about men wearing women’s jeans with its infectious chorus of “tell me where you buy your jeans” is a perfect example of this band having a bit of fun.
Talking of which, the band then bring on a special guest.
Geai Thompson is a 12-year-old boy who posted a YouTube video of himself playing Bad Touch’s song ‘Hammer Fall’.
He gets up on stage and blows everyone away by playing the song with the band. A great piece of big-hearted entertainment from this down-to-earth band.
Now in their stride the band throw in touches of ZZ Top and Whitesnake to show their rock credentials.
Bad Touch are another band with a solid rhythm guitarist in Daniel Seekings who keeps up the energy throughout the 90 minute plus set.
They finish up a great show with the rare sight of the support bands dancing among the crowd. Tonight’s encore includes the fantastic song ‘Ninety Nine Per Cent’ dedicated to a couple of fans at the front who just got engaged.
The end of a great night from great musicians.