Bad Touch & Mollie Marriott at The Bodega
Words: Di Tunney | Photos: Anthony Firmin
With the release of her album Truth Is A Wolf, Mollie Marriott has delivered a solid message in that she has arrived and this evening, along with her super tight band, she is playing those songs live. Coming across heavier than the lushness on the album Marriott shows she has a very powerful voice. Opening with Hounds the audience are captivated from the start, quickly following it with the title track as some of the crowd participate with the wolf calls. Marriott is clearly so happy to be out playing her songs live and it shows, her set ending far too soon with Control although you can guarantee that everyone here is now under her spell, we are looking forward to a return from this fabulous singer and it can’t come soon enough!
Bad Touch have been pounding around the country for a few years now, popping up on plenty of tours but, surprisingly, this is their first headline tour. Taking their time to develop their fan base and release quality material has been a process that is now paying dividends as the crowds pour in to see them and when they hit the stage the venue is packed and sweaty.
Tonights performance is as tight as it is professional starting with Take Me Away and Good On Me, their southern blues rock filling the room. Stevie Westwood is a great frontman with the looks, the voice and the swagger not to mention a top moustache! The twin guitars of Daniel Seekings and Rob Glenndinning are their secret weapon producing solid riffs and driving it all along from the back of the stage are drummer George Drewry and bassist Michael Bailey.
The band are joined by Mollie Marriott for a duet of the Ike and Tina Turner classic Baby Get It On, the natural musical connection between the two singers is obvious for all to see, working seamlessly together, before the band close out their set with 99%.
Sadly a few songs are dropped from their set because of a Sunday curfew but no-one is left disappointed as everything about this evening has oozed class.