Formed in 2010, when the band members were still in college, the Norfolk five-piece initially played local pubs, performing covers of rock classics. They gradually began to compose original material and started making a name for themselves.
In 2012, the band recorded their first EP at the Leeders Farm Studio, home of local heroes The Darkness, and won the Exposure Music Award for their live shows, followed by an invitation to play the Hard Rock Hell festival.
The following year, 2013, was a great one for the band. They toured the UK with The Quireboys and won the Marshall Ultimate Band Contest. In 2014, they toured with Bonafide, The Electric Boys and Tyketto and played many festivals including Download, Steelhouse, Legends of Rock and Hard Rock Hell.
Telling the truth: Bad Touch (pic: Rob Blackham)
In 2015, the band recorded their debut album, Half Way Home, and toured with The Answer, Tyketto and Snakecharmer. Last year there were tours with Jared James Nichols, The Kentucky Headhunters and Australian band Massive, and a second album, Truth Be Told, which celebrates classic rock with Southern boogie influences and heavy guitar riffs in the tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin.
The current line-up comprises Stevie Westwood (lead vocals), Rob Glendinning (guitar), Daniel Seekings (guitar), Michael Bailey (bass) and George Drewry (drums).
Bad Touch and Mollie Marriott 2017 UK tour dates:
Nov 9: Corporation, Sheffield; Nov 10: Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek; Nov 16: Bristol Tunnels; Nov 17: Ruby Lounge, Manchester; Nov 18: Cluny, Newcastle;
Nov 19: Bodega, Nottingham;
Nov 23: Stereo, Glasgow;
Nov 24: Brudenell, Leeds;
Nov 25: Empire, Coventry;
Nov 26: Islington Academy, London;
Dec 1: Waterfront Studio, Norwich;
Dec 2: Talking Heads, Southampton.