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Ones To Watch: The Bad Flowers

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In our weekly feature, Planet Rock shines the spotlight on an up-and-coming band that truly demands your attention. This week it’s The Bad Flowers!

The Bad Flowers are Tom Leighton (vocals/guitars), Dale Tonks (bass) and Karl Selickis (drums).

If you love pure, dynamic, riff-heavy rock n’ roll delivered with passion and prowess, then look no look no further than The Bad Flowers.

Hoping to follow in the hallowed footsteps of their fellow Cannock natives Glenn Hughes and Mel Galley, the ridiculously talented Black Country trio are currently picking up heavy rotation on Planet Rock’s airwaves with their new single ‘Thunder Child’ – a towering, instantly catchy anthem that nods towards umpteen classic bands from days gone by yet still manages to sound contemporary and relevant.

Formed three years ago, alongside releasing two EPs – ‘Vicious Lullabies’ and ‘Killing Time’ - The Bad Flowers have gained a reputation for exhilarating live performances. Initially plying their trade at intimate venues, more recently they’ve landed coveted support slots on extensive tours supporting the likes of Crobot, Jared James Nichols, Scorpion Child, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Toseland and Dan Baird and The Original Sin.

Looking forward, The Bad Flowers are primed to perform at Planet Rock’s second Winter’s End Festival in February (buy tickets here) and they’re releasing their fervently awaited debut album ‘Starting Gun’ in early 2018 too. If ‘Thunder Child’ is anything to go by, we’re in for something very special indeed.

Cast your corneas on the video for ‘Thunder Child’ below and download the single here:

In the run-up to the release of ‘Starting Gun’, The Bad Flowers are playing a clutch of headline dates this autumn alongside shows supporting The Picturebooks and Skinny Molly. The dates are as follows:

Birmingham The Flapper – Thu 5th (w/ The Picturebooks)
Manchester Satan’s Hollow – Fri 6th (w/ The Picturebooks)
Workington Lounge 41 – Sat 7th
Bristol Mother’s Ruin – Sun 8th
Grimsby The Yardbirds – Fri 13th (w/ The Picturebooks)
Swansea The Pit – Sat 14th
Sheffield Corporation – Sun 15th (w/ The Picturebooks)
London The Lexington – Mon 16th (w/ The Picturebooks)
Oxford The Bullingdon – Tue 24th (w/ Skinny Molly)

Leicester The Soundhouse – Fri 24th

Planet Rock presents Winter’s End – Fri 23rd

For more information head to or follow the band on Facebook and Twitter.

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