An unassuming college in Norfolk was where it began for rock five-piece Bad Touch. When they started out in 2010, they were performing covers in local pubs but it wasn’t long before they started to compose and play original material. Following in the footsteps of The Darkness, KT Tunstall and Arctic Monkeys, Bad Touch recorded their first EP at Leeders Farm Studio in 2012. This sparked a wave of new opportunities for the band, including the chance to perform in venues across the UK. Building a reputation as an outstanding live band, they soon earned themselves an Exposure Music Award, and received an invitation to play Hard Rock Hell. The next two years saw Bad Touch reach new heights. Not only did they win the prestigious Marshall Ultimate Band Contest, but they also toured with a variety of hard rock artists including Bonafide, The Quireboys and Tyketto. They rocked the UK festival circuit with appearances at Download, Hard Rock Hell and Steelhouse. Bad Touch’s eagerly awaited debut album came in April 2015. ‘Half Way Home’, which was recorded at Foel Studios, received rave reviews from the critics, including Classic Rock Magazine who said: “Straight-to-the-point classic hard rock – what’s not to like?” Capitalising on the success of their debut release, the band embarked on a full UK tour with Northern Irish rock band, The Answer. Touring continued in 2016, with supports slots for Jared James Nichols, Kentucky Headhunters and Massive. The band rounded off their year on the road with the release of their second album ‘Truth Be Told’. The lead single, ‘99%’, was remixed for radio by legendary Rolling Stones producer, Chris Kimsey. Their critically acclaimed sound secured them a slot on the Planet Rock Roadstars tour as well as performances at Ramblin’ Man, Wildfire and Amplified. After a hectic festival season, Bad Touch headlined their first tour for ‘Planet Rock Presents’. 2018 is shaping up to be another defining year for Bad Touch, following their support tour with Skid Row in March and their recent worldwide album deal with Marshall Records.
Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics
Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics were formed by the former Heaven's Basement frontman in mid 2016 currently comprising of Tom McCarthy and Laurie Buchanan on guitars, Mart Trail on Bass and Paul White on drums. The Cult Classics have toured the UK and Europe alongside INME, Life Of Agony and Royal Republic since the formation in support of their critically acclaimed album "The Man With Stars On His Knees", released on 26 May 2017 with huge support from Planet Rock Radio and Kerrang along with appearances at both Download Festival and Ramblin' Man Fair.
The album went on to win Guy Bellamy's "Album Of The Year" from a shortlist of over 150 bands and with 25,000 unique public votes. "Think Soundgarden. Think Muse. Think power. And think of a band who can back up a big riff with an even bigger chorus." was a line used to describe The Man With Stars On His Knees by Team Rock. Hard Rock Hell posted "It's immediately obvious that Buchanan has seized the opportunity to strike free and plough a fresh creative furrow." Classic Rock gave a 7/10 review finishing with "Buchanan is back on his feet, and swinging from the heavens."