The Bad Flowers Premier New Single 'Thunder Child'
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Once again the Black Country serves up a
formidable new heavy riff laden rock band.

The Bad Flowers, will release their new single “Thunder Child” on Friday 15th September. The single will be supported by an official music video.

To support the release of the new single, the 3-piece will embark on an 10-date UK tour. Five of the dates will see The Bad Flowers supporting The Picturebooks in October.

The Bad Flowers formed from the depths of the Black Country in 2014 comprised of lead vocalist and guitarist, Tom Leighton, whose signature riffs, fuzz emotive guitar and pure vocals have a distinctive sound unlike anybody else. Bassist Dale Tonks provides a deep heavy groove and tasty bass runs that underpins Karl Selickis’ chest pumping drums and impeccable rhythmic feel.

The combination of these three formidable players makes The Bad Flowers a force to be reckoned with, forging a sound steeped in the raw, passionate energy of the Black Country’s 70’s heroes, but, at the same time, keeping the vibe very much in tune with the 21st century rock sensibilities.

In the formative years of 2014/15 the Bad Flowers gained a reputation for their energetic live shows in local pubs, clubs and venues cutting their teeth with the local older and more experienced musicians and soaking up as much stagecraft as possible. During this productive time of wild abandon, The Bad Flowers released the “Vicious Lullabies” and “Killing Time”EP’s.

That same year was a breakthrough in terms of live shows. The Flowers left the local venues in a wake of blood, sweat and ringing ears when they opened for Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs in Birmingham, then onward to extensive tours up and down the UK to packed venues with Crobot, Jared James Nichols and Scorpion Child, plus an appearance at Hard Rock Hell Festival.

2017 has since seen The Bad Flowers continue their relentless live schedule by supporting the likes of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Toseland and Dan Baird and The Original Sin.

The highly anticipated debut album, titled “Starting Gun” is set for release in early 2018.


Rock ‘N’ Loads Thoughts ….. 

‘Thunder Child’ is the brand new single by The Bad Flowers. The track is taken from their forthcoming debut album entitled ‘Starting Gun,’ according to the CD sleeve. The Bad Flowers are from Cannock in the Midlands and another awesome band to come from this area of the country.

‘Thunder Child’ starts at pace and never lets up right through the track. It’s a song that if you play in your car could well have you driving over the speed limit in no time, as the track just doesn’t let up. From the cymbal intro straight into the wonderful guitar driven riffs from Tom Leighton that have become synonymous with the band’s sound, ably backed by the bass of Dale Tonks and the drums of Karl Selickis, these guys know how to rock. And when you hear this track played live it will blow you away. If ‘Thunder Child’ is a taste of what’s to come on the album, then we are in for a treat.

The other track on the CD is called ‘Lion’s Blood’ and again is a rip roaring monster of a track, and a great accompaniment for the main track.

These are two very powerful and very good tracks with plenty of riffs and powerful bass lines that will have you rocking out whenever they are played, and with the crystal clear lyrics and catchy choruses they are sure to be a great addition to your music collection.



Track List


  1. ‘Thunder Child’ (3:58)
  2. ‘Lion’s Blood’ (3:48)


The Bad Flowers are:

Tom Leighton – Guitar/Vocals

Dale Tonks – Bass/Vocals

Karl Selickis – Drums


*Supporting The Picturebooks
**Supporting Skinny Molly


Birmingham, The Flapper
Thursday 5th October 2017

*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £8.00
Book Online:
Venue: 0121 236 2421
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Cambrian Wharf, Kingston Row, Birmingham, B1 2NU

Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
Friday 6th October 2017

*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £8.80
Book Online:
Venue: 0161 236 0666

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101 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6DD

Workington, Lounge 41
Saturday 7th October 2017

41 Jane Street, Cumbria, CA14 3BW

Bristol, Mothers Ruin
Sunday 8th October 2017

Tickets: £6.25 (includes booking fee)
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7-9 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1UE

Grimsby, The Yardbirds
Friday 13th October 2017

*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets:£8 advance / £10 door
Book Online:
Venue: 07771 520 374

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Church Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire,DN32 7DD

Swansea, The Pit
Saturday 14th October 2017

Tickets: £6.25 (includes booking fee)
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The Pit Bar, 8 Strand (Just off Wind St),
Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 2AE

Sheffield, Corporation
Sunday 15th October 2017

*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £9.56
Book Online:
Venue: 0114 276 0262

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2 Milton St, Sheffield, S1 4JU

London, The Lexington
Monday 16th October 2017

*Supporting The Picturebooks
Tickets: £10.00
Book Online:
Venue: 0207 837 5371

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96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB

Oxford, The Bullingdon
Tuesday 24th October 2017

**Supporting Skinny Molly
Book Online:
Venue: 01865 434 998

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162 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UE

Leicester, The Soundhouse
Friday 24th November 2017

Tickets: £6.60 (Inc. Booking Fee)
Book Online:
Venue: 0796 226 1015

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28 Southampton Street, Leicester, LE1 1SJ

Planet Rock presents Winter’s End
Friday 23rd February 2018

Weekend Tickets / Tickets without Accomodation
Book Online:
Sandford Holiday Park, Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JZ

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