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In The Spotlight - Bad Actress - Summer 2022

Bad Actress
Bad Actress
Photo credit: Kenneth Millen
Photo credit: Kenneth Millen

Heart, Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Hollywood in the 1980s… what we would have given to have been a part of that scene. Often referred to as the Decade of Decadence, this is where a single Boulevard in Los Angeles spawned rock club after rock club who collectively provided the launch pad for worldwide success to many of the best bands the world has ever seen. Sunset Strip was the location for venues such as The Roxy, The Troubadour, The Whiskey A Go Go and The Viper Room. Every night they provided not only a stage for bands to play but at home for an entire musical community to come together. Of course, many stories would emerge about certain bands that would become something of legend, as did the fashion, but more than anything it was about the music. Bands such as Poison, Mötley Crüe, Faster Pussycat, Van Halen, Ratt, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot, Tesla and hundreds more brought us music that was fast, technical, melodic and with a big choruses, all delivered with absolute passion! The early 90s would give away to grunge although there has continued to be a massive demand for 80s rock and in fact a resurgence. Appetites have been satisfied in recent years by the likes of Def Leppard and Skid Row continuing to release new music and also with bands such as Steel Panther proudly flying the flag for everything that was great about hair metal. But we need more. It is therefore with huge pride that we introduce you to Bad Actress. Hailing from North Scotland, Bad Actress comprise of Vinnie Vex (vocals), Chick McFarlane (lead guitar), Tommy B (rhythm guitar), 80-R (bass) and Lui Q (drums), and together in 2021 they released their incredible debut mini album Red Hot. Quite simply, the 5 songs presented here are a showcase for everything that was great about 80s rock. Following a thundering drum intro, opening track Poison Snake brings the boogie and a chorus you can’t help but wail along to. Title track Red Hot shows Vinnie channeling Vince Neil while repeatedly inviting the red-headed seductress to kiss him. Skin Tight is a track that stands out for its Warrant-esque harmonically tinged riffs. Hellbound with its ringing crunching chords really creates a darker mood in the album and overall serves to present the versatility of this band. The record closes perfectly with No Vacancies In Hell with its key changing riffs building before a wonderful pinched chord passage offers perhaps a mysterious and melancholy climax to this wonderful record. It would be wrong to dismiss Bad Actress’s material as pop-rock. Their arrangements are fun yet have depth. The songwriting is something quite gifted: carefully crafted tunes whose arrangements pull in unexpected yet welcome time changes and one incredibly infectious after hook after another. As you would expect, there are blazing solos throughout and these are an example of the sheer skill level of these musicians. Yes they play fast but they play with melody and have a focus first and foremost on the song as supposed to ego. In short they’re fine example of style and substance, something not all those bands back in the day were able to achieve. And if we can just go one step further, this could quite easily have been the record Mötley Crüe may have made in place of 1981’s Too Fast For Love.                     

Hot on the heels of Red Hot, Bad Actress release their brand new single She’s Got Fire, a song about a relationship between love and money. It’s a track that is guaranteed to be a live favourite given that it’s impossible not to sing along to its incredibly infectious chorus. Bad Actress are clearly bringing their own fire. For more information head over to https://www.badactress.net and in the meantime check out the video to the new single below.