Album review: THE BAD FLOWERS – Starting Gun

Pete Feenstra chatted to Tom Leighton for his Feature show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (January 2018)

THE BAD FLOWERS - Starting Gun

[Release date 16.02.17]

The Bad Flowers - Tom Leighton (guitar/vocals), Dale Tonks (bass/vocals) and Karl Selickis (drums) – released a damn fine single ‘Thunder Child’ in September and now unleash their full debut album on the musical world.

Tom Leighton sounds a lot like the Cult’s Ian Astbury, whilst his guitar solos light up songs like ‘Let’s Misbehave’ and ‘Be Your Man’ – the drums on this one fair burst out of the speakers. The Cult do come to mind a few times when listening to the album and after a cool bass riff intro ‘I Don’t Believe It’ is not unlike fellow rockers Tax The Heat.

Both ‘Rich Man’ and ‘Lion’s Blood’ could be future singles as both possess a riff and hook made for airplay, and indeed the live arena.

‘I Hope’ is an acoustic pause in an otherwise full on rock ‘n’ blues assault on the rest of the album. Would like to hear of the band’s acoustic side as this song is one of the album’s highlights.

The Bad Flowers have made a good impression with their debut album. Plenty of riff action and blues rock that will stand them in good stead in the live arena, which will be vitally important to a new band like this in such a crowded music scene. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


Throughout September 2018 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated the station’s 10th anniversary and a two-hour special reflected a decade of broadcasting. “10 years in the making” features archive interviews with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Graham Bonnet, David Coverdale, John Wetton and Bob Catley.

More information
Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.

Power Plays w/c 3 December 2018

We play Top Albums and Live Acts as selected by the GRTR! Reviewers.

Featured Albums w/c 3 December (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 Melodic Rock – featured in 2018
12:00-13:00 Melodic Hard Rock – featured in 2018
14:00-16:00 Singer Songwriter – featured in 2018

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

18:00-19:00 21 GUNS Nothing’s Real (1997)



Email This Page
This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), All Posts and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply