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Monsterfest’s loyal sons Bad Actress return to rock it out at sold out Tooth & Claw festival club

By Margaret Chrystall

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THE eventful year of Forres and Muir of Ord band Bad Actress continues as they renew their long relationship with north rock festival Monsterfest which has events on from Wednesday, with the main nights next Friday and Saturday at the Ironworks.

Bad Actress - Chick (left).
Bad Actress - Chick (left).

Bad Actress’s lead guitarist Chick McFarlane – one of three brothers in the band – confirmed they will play a sold out Monsterfest festival club night at The Tooth & Claw in Inverness on Thursday (Nov 11).

It’s a preview night for the festival and features Bad Actress and a special guest act Chick can’t name.

“They are local guys and quite new, but it’s a surprise,” he revealed.

Bad Actress have played Monsterfest since the beginning, starting off opening the first one at the Ironworks in 2018.

“We hadn’t seen anything like it before,” said Chick.

They also played the fringe night the next year and are now back again this year after last year’s Monsterfest was postponed.

And there should be no need to warm up for this year’s date – from EP Red Hot released at the end of July to the EP tour dates they played in England and last month’s Outsider Arts Fest date at The Tooth And Claw, the five-piece has had a busy lockdown.

Chick said: “We’ve been writing new songs, recording and rerecording.

“We wrote a song recently with Mark Allison who organises Monsterfest and we may or may not play that on the night. We might do a couple of other new songs too and the new EP, we’ll be playing the whole of that.”

"Our EP came out as a CD on July 29, our first night playing down in England. But in September it became available online too.

"A lot of bands have had to put everything on hold during lockdown, but we planned to be as productive as possible and were working behind the scenes, though it was frustrating not to be able to get together in a room to rehearse.

"We've got our rehearsal room at the house and kitted it out a lot more over lockdown.

"But we also use a studio our new bassist Alex has in Muir Of Ord in an outhouse. That's where we recorded bass, drums and the vocal, everything else at home, we can also do vocals at ours.

"Alex had been with us filling in when we opened Monsterfest in 2018, and now a few years on he is with us full-time. He joined at the start of the year and we had our first show with him at the end of June. He also played on the whole EP."

Though there is so much positive Bad Actress has achieved, they have had their ups and downs.

Chick said: "I got Covid and so did Lewis after we had played a festival down in England, then when we were down in Nottingham as part of the three-date Red Hot Summer UK Tour, I got appendicitis.

"I felt bad but I had some cranberry juice and paracetemol and the paracetemol kicked in." Chick played the gig

"But after we had played I began to feel worse and we were quite close to the hospita."

Chick and the band headed over there.

"But it was so busy and we had to wait.

"I didn't get seen till I physically collapsed on the floor, but because we had been quite close to the hospital, I hadn't come in an ambulance and if I had, I think I would have been seen straight away."

The band has plenty of gigs coming up later this year and in 2022, Chick says, with the plan to make up for lost time next year and to do festivals down south.

Festivals already lined up are Rockin' The Bowl in Sheffield, which the band visited this year just to watch.

"We got an invite to do Hard Rock Hell: Sleaze at the O2 Academy in Sheffield – that's a festival we've wanted to do for a while," said Chick. "Then the day after that we are doing RockWich in Northwich, Cheshire and we are doing the Gravity Festival in Staffordshire."

With Chick’s two brothers, Vinnie Vexx on vocals, drummer Lui Q – who celebrates his 18th birthday on gig night – plus Tommy B on guitar and Alex on bass, it doesn’t sound like the Covid hiatus has dulled down the almost glam rock drama of Bad Actress live.

“That’s got more intense,” Chick vowed. “We’re kind of like a loaded spring after lockdown!”

Bad Actress play The Tooth & Claw Monsterfest sold out gig on Thursday (Nov 11). Monsterfest kicks off tonight (Wednesday), catch Those Damn Crows with Spoke Too Soon and Lucille at the Ironworks, Inverness. Monsterfest info: https://monsterfest.rocks/

Keep up with Bad Actress on Twitter and Facebook: @badactressband Hear them on Spotify and YouTube Music.

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