Bad Actress is a hard-hitting blues infused rock band, with a healthy dose of eighties glam.
How would you describe your music?
Chick: Balls to the wall rock n roll with a glamorous style.
Lui A: Raw pumpin’ hard rock!
Vinnie Vexxx: energetic, pumpin’ and glamorous as a butterfly in leggings.
Tommy B: a combination of Motley Crue, ACDC and the smell you get when you walk into a dark dingy Pub in central Glasgow.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Chick: Vinnie, Lui and I are brothers and played together in Civil Punk.
Tommy B: Chick and Lui started jamming songs that didn’t fit Civil Punk. They asked me to come along for a jam because my old band had split up. I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to be in another band. But after a few jams and the songs started to come to life I soon was keen to make a go of it. After trying some different singers we ended up with Vinnie. He has the voice and attitude that our band was after. Then a few bassists came and went and we found bobbin. He first saw us play a gig in a local pub in Inverness, then a few months later Chick asked him along for a jam and everything just clicked. He was a perfect fit for Bad Actress.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Vinnie Vexxx: Brett Michaels, the man has an iconic 80s voice, and of course David Coverdale
Lui: I don’t really have one influence when it comes to drumming, I listen to many different drummers and take different things from different people. I first started playing drums when Chick got a drum kit when we were kids and he showed me my first beats.
Tommy B: Malcolm Young from ACDC, he’s just the cool guy in the back ground that keeps the song chugging away. I remember hearing the combination of the guitar riff of Rock n Roll Train and those backing vocals at the chorus and that’s when I knew I was going to be a rhythm guitarist.
What inspires you?
Chick: Recently I’ve been taking a lot of inspiration from Ray and Van Halen. That kinda whammy shit haha. But a lot of bands we play with are really inspiring to me… Saints of Sin come to mind. Our audience is also really inspiring. It’s great to see how they react to different songs we play.
Tommy B: Strange as it sounds but my day job inspires me. Everyday I’m there just makes me want to play rock n roll all the more!
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Tommy B: Just write as we go really. We aren’t in the studio enough to properly write stuff in the studio.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Chick: Personally I always enjoy Hooker, it’s got that groovy thing going on haha
Lui: When it comes to playing live, I enjoy every song that we play. But a few of my favourites to perform are High Speed Heartbreak, Hooker, Road Rage Singer, Low Down and Dirty and Actin’ Like an Animal at the moment.
Tommy B: Mama Ain’t Talkin just the catchiest and grooviest song we have.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Tommy B: ACDC, Aerosmith and us. Just waiting for that call to come through any day now haha.
Chick: We’d definitely suit this Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett tour coming up!
Vinnie Vexx: poison, steel panther and tygers of pan tang.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Chick: Ups and downs as always I guess. I find it a little complicated but I suppose that’s the challenge.
Tommy B: I hate to be negative but from my personal experiences a lot of the time, it’s about who you know and how you know them. I mean don’t get me wrong even we have good contacts that some other bands don’t have. The good thing about the industry is it’s easier than ever to get your music out their worldwide because Spotify and such. But it’s easy for your band to get lost in the crowd ya know. Gotta take the bad with the good.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Tommy B: Well we haven’t been on tour that much but this one show we did for a bike rally, someone stripped down to their boxers during our Whole Lotta Rosie cover and was just doing some break dance shit. Was pretty awesome in a weird way.
What are your future plans?
Vinnie Vexx: play as many shows as possible, try not to get too drunk and expand the wardrobe, more leopard print is needed.
Tommy B: we’ve got a new single coming out in 2020 so we will be working hard to make sure we get it sounding great! Also hoping to play more of the UK as well. Go to all new places.