'07 is shaping up nicely for this trio of dirty psychedelic blues dogs. Fresh back from a mini-tour of the USA, The Touch we're hailed as this years Leeds 'Bright Young Things 2007', and there's much more to come with new records and a video on it's way, as well as numerous U.K festival appearances. So hold on to your hats!
Not only hard-working, but definately hard rockin n rollin 3 piece outfit The Touch create a live sound that belies their member count of 3, with George's huge valve-driven vintage tone, Jason's renowned big beat pounding, and Andy's thumping Entwistle-esque lead-bass style. They possess a mature dynamic ability that is rarely seen in today's 'indie' music scene; (In the words of Jimmy Page: "It's all about light and shade.")
They completed their first UK tour in Summer 2006 which took them from Scotland to London stopping off at some of the best venues on the way including; The ABC-Glasgow, The Boardwalk-Sheffield, Fibbers-York, The Night & Day-Manchester, The Cockpit-Leeds and The Dublin Castle-London. They have shared the stage with We Are Scientists, Milburn, The Pigeon Detectives, Wolf & Cub, Hey Gravity! (ex. Dodgy guitarists new band), The Lovers (ex. Inspiral Carpets), Denny Laine (Wings/Moody Blues), MC Devvo & Shady Piez (it's true!) and many more established artists. Their music found its way into HMV in 2005.
They are now in need of a manager and record company backing to progress down the long and winding road that is the music industry, so if you are interested give us a shout
Sandman Magazine - The Touch / Jon Jones and the Beatniks Movement @ The Love Apple, Bradford. "...they made more of an impression with their eclectic look and more original sound. Called up at the last minute to replace Harmacy and Buen Chico, The Touch saved the day with their 60’s rock modernised by an interesting use of effects pedals. There was a real energy about their playing, not to forget the fact the drummer was threatening to tear his skins with the intensity of his pounding. Just back from their self organised UK tour they were an interesting, if a little unexpected, addition to the gig which could have been decidedly bare without them."
Music Guru - Bright Young Things 2007: The Touch + Helena Gee + Wintermute @ Mine, Leeds University – Sunday 18th March 2007 "…If you are in the place and have a pulse, make some noise" announces Testament as The Touch take to the stage. They are due to tour America in May and can be found on this year's festival circuit. The Touch are on a roll, in fact they are on a rock and roll mission. At an earlier gig they started filming a video, and they are using tonight's gig for some close up shots of the band in action. Drummer already stripped to the waist. 'Mad Man On A Cliff' opens up with lots of great 60s blues and rock licks and riffs. This band know how to rock and how to rock with feeling. The instruments give a psychedelic scream of ecstasy. "Where did you go, what did you do to my life." Harmony vocals reach for your soul, as the guitar, bass and drums hammer into your brain. Clapton, Hendrix and Cream in particular are all in there with some psychedelic rock at its best. They are gonna go down a storm in America, you can feel the power and literally smell the music. The walls are truly shaking to its foundations… 'Leave A Sign Behind' is announced as a "new one" and it literally blows your socks off. You can feel the power and energy flowing through you. Waves of guitar bouncing off of every available orifice. Top drawer stuff indeed. 'That's What You Gotta Do' (The BYT track) gently eases in before slowly crashing inwards and finally letting an almost restrained rip. The set is truly a psychedelic blues experience. Then the song just explodes before coming back down to earth again with cymbals everywhere. The instruments go absolutely beserk on the last one (and Animal is truly on the drums tonight)…”
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