BAD TOUCH & PISTON – Saturday 11th April 2020
Bad Touch originally formed in 2010 when the band members were still in college. In their formative years, they played local pubs and performed covers of some rock classics, and gradually began to compose original material. Over the last few years Bad Touch have started making a name for themselves and built a reputation for their dynamic live shows, making them on of the “must-see” acts at many local venues.
In 2012, the band recorded their first EP at the Leeders Farm Studio – home of local hero’s The Darkness. The desire to get their music to a wider audience eventually led the band performing gigs around the country. In 2012, the band won the Exposure Music Award in 2012 for their live show, followed by an invitation to play Hard Rock Hell for the very first time.
2013 was a great year 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.
In 2015, the band recorded their debut album Half Way Home at Foel Studios. Released on 27th April, the album received rave reviews from the rock press. 2015 was also a great year for touring with the band completing an 18-date UK tour with The Answer as well as UK tours with Tyketto and Snakecharmer. Bad Touch’s live shows garnered them praise and support from fans and critics.
In June 2016, Bad Touch embarked on a UK tour with Jared James Nichols, followed by a UK tour in July supporting the Kentucky Headhunters. In July 2016, the band recorded their second album “Truth Be Told”, which was eventually released in December of that year to great critical acclaim. In November they embarked on a joint UK tour with the Australian band “Massive”.
The following year, during March and April, Bad Touch toured the UK with Broken Witt Rebels under the Planet Rock Roadstars banner, and followed this with a UK tour in April and May supporting Britain’s award-winning blues rock band King King. During the tour, Planet Rock radio play-listed the band’s single “99%” which was remixed for radio by Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Killing Joke, Bad Company).
Over the summer of 2017 they played numerous festivals including Ramblin’ Man, Wildfire, Amplified, Cambridge Rock Festival, Weyfest, and many more as well a supporting Dan Baird and Homemade Sin during their UK tour. Supporting for The Kentucky Headhunters in October 2017 and then embarking on their 1st headline tour in November 2017 – with the support Planet Rock including both Hard Rock Hell and Planet Rockstock.
Piston’s ‘One More Day’ was officially playlisted on Planet Rock Radio (UK’s #1 rock station) and BBC Radio 2’s official rock show hosted by Johnnie Walker. Following the release, Planet Rock Radio have made Piston their ‘Ones To Watch’ for upcoming rock acts.
“They pummel much like actual Pistons! Great band and tracks!” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Great new single, getting plenty of attention and air play PISTON!” – Paul Anthony, Planet Rock
“Every single day I get tweets and emails about this group from people asking for more, back by popular demand, Piston!” – Wyatt, Planet Rock
“Great bluesy riffs, Steve’s got a great voice! I can see why they won now!” – Johnny Doom, Kerrang!
“The guitarists slay! The sort of riffs that would go down in rock history! I love it. – Alex Baker, Kerrang!