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Bad Actress announce special Facebook watch party on Sunday to celebrate new single

By Margaret Chrystall

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A SLICE of feelgood 80s-style rock is what you get with Mama Ain’t Talkin’, a tale of the many things your mother may disapprove of, and the new single from north band Bad Actress came out on Friday.

Tonight (Saturday) the band will record and plan to host a watch party on their Facebook page to celebrate the release tomorrow (Sunday) from 8pm.

For Inverness-based guitarist Tommy B – each member of the line-up has their own band name – the song, written by Struan MacFarlane aka Chick, is about something fundamental.

“Rock ‘n’ roll rebellion!” Tommy laughs.

“Chick wrote the song,” he explained. “And when I listen to it, it’s just about finding ‘your’ music and as you grow older, evolving from that music taste. And it just sort of grows from there.

“It’s just a light-hearted tune to me and it is definitely one of my favourites to play live.”

Ahh, playing live. The shangri-la that most bands have been unable to reach since lockdown began in March.

Bad Actress are no exception.

Bad Actress guitarist Tommy B.
Bad Actress guitarist Tommy B.

But recently they have been able to get together for a couple of rehearsals at their practice room in Forres, where three of the band members live.

Tommy B laughed: “The second time was a complete shambles, our bassist – who stays in Buckie – forgot there was a practice and our drummer didn’t show up till halfway through.

“But the first time was really good. We played some songs we hadn’t played since before lockdown, and ones we hadn’t played live properly before and we were surprisingly wellco-ordinated – I was quite shocked at that!”

Bad Actress with Tommy B (right). Picture: Giorgio Ciaccio
Bad Actress with Tommy B (right). Picture: Giorgio Ciaccio

Tommy agrees that the first rehearsal was almost emotional, playing together again for the first time in months.

“It was good seeing all the other boys, being crammed into that small practice room was just like old times! Like we’d never left!

“People ask if I travel all the way to Forres each week for a practice. But I think nothing of it, it’s just something I do.”

They had tried using technology to rehearse: “We tried Zoom meetings but found there was too much of a lag with sound, so it was impossible to pull off,” Tommy said.

“It was just a lot of playing by ourselves and then coming back to each other with what we had been doing.”

Like their last single, High-Speed Heartbreak – which was inspired after Chick saw the film The Dirt, about the American band Mötley Crüe – the recording for Mama Ain’t Talkin’ was made last November at a studio in Aberdeen.

“We were having a bit of a debate about whether to leave the release of Mama Ain’t Talkin’ until after lockdown and everything was settled or whether to just release it now.

“We eventually decided to do it now because we can’t do gigs or anything, and it just gives people something to listen to.”

The new single.
The new single.

And the good news is that during the last few months, Chick has been sourcing recording equipment, so that the band might be able to do their own recording.

“We are currently testing out recording to see how we get on,” said Tommy. “If we do like how it ends up sounding, we are probably going to try and record an album ourselves.”

So what would Tommy have to do to make his own mum stop talking to him?

He laughed: “My mum is a star and I’m the baby of the family so she will never stop talking to me. I can do no wrong!

“My mum Wendy is so encouraging of the stuff I’m doing. She is one in a million!”

Digital single Mama Ain’t Talkin’ by Bad Actress is out now on all the usual streaming platforms. Facebook


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