THE BAD FLOWERS
Hailing from the Black Country, a musically fertile ground for rock and metal acts over the decades, Cannock dwellers The Bad Flowers are one of the latest bands to emerge from the West Midlands. While press blurb would have you believe the band have a "distinctive sound unlike anybody else", The Bad Flowers firmly occupy tried-and-tested retro rock territory. Thoroughly disillusioned or over-zealous press ramblings to garner attention in an oversaturated retro rock market? Definitely the latter.... a transparent rhetoric, if you will, for no-one could be that misguided... surely.
Bottom-line: this is high-end pub rock... you'd certainly stop, look and listen if the band appeared in your local, but 'Thunder Child' and 'Lions Blood' are so dense with clichés that it's difficult to see how they'll find a gap in a scene already replete with retro regurgitation. BUT, these two tracks are certainly above average offerings and loaded with a ton energy and groove that's actually pretty infectious. Guitarist/vocalist Tom Leighton's voice is likeable enough, and his delivery is apt for the music, with a nice tonality and rough-and-ready quality that adds a rawer depth to songs. However, his vocals fail to make any kind of indelible impact on my ears. Good but not great. Just like the two tracks themselves.
Review by Mark Holmes
15th Sept 2017
1) Thunder Child
2) Lions Blood
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"...'Thunder Child' and 'Lions Blood' are so dense with clichés that it's difficult to see how they'll find a gap in a scene already replete with retro regurgitation."