The Bad Flowers 'Starting Gun' - Album Review
Words: Anthony Firmin
Having been captivated by The Bad Flowers on their UK tour last autumn supporting The Picturebooks, along with the teaser single Thunder Child, the anticipation for their debut album was huge… and we are not disappointed.
Like the hare at the greyhound track, fearing the starting gun, we should all be very afraid as the bands debut album, also called Starting Gun, is released and signals the bands arrival as they launch into that aforementioned single, a straight ahead rocker with a feel of early 80’s NWoBHM.
“What are you afraid of?” asks singer/guitarist Tom Leighton as the band deliver another bruiser with Lions Blood, the bass and drum combination is brutal whereas Secrets, a last minute inclusion on the album, is a more than welcome fuzzball of a song.
Things quieten down with the acoustic I Hope along and the bluesy Let’s Misbehave providing some lightness to complement the album.
Back to the main business of rocking and Who Needs A Soul has the beast of a bassline from Dale Tomkins, the song sounding just as it did live when we witnessed them playing; Be Your Man keeps that groove flowing – this is classic rock at it’s best!
“Sweet little Hurricane, with your howling wind and rain” sees the band becoming a storm force with more of that 70’s classic rock sound which continues with aplomb in I Don’t Believe It.
The album closer, City Lights, another live favourite could almost be described as autobiographical. As Tom Leighton explains it is “about how people want to get somewhere better but are being totally ignored.”
One thing is for sure, the rock world will no longer be able to ignore The Bad Flowers now their Starting Gun has been fired, this is a must have album for classic rock fans.
You can catch The Bad Flowers at Club Academy in Manchester on 25th February alongside Stone Broken and Jared James Nichols - an evening not to be missed!