Bad Luck Friday’s self-titled debut album is released by Wilde Fire Records on Friday 2nd September 2022. This is being hailed as one of the most highly anticipated debut albums from a British rock band in years. The album is available to pre-order on CD and coloured vinyl here, and available to pre-save in digital format here.
The first single and title track, “Bad Luck Friday”, is available to buy and stream here. The official music video for the single can be viewed below.
Don’t be fooled by the harmonica. Bad Luck Friday is not your typical blues rock band. Will Wilde has a reputation in the blues world as a pioneer of the rock harp, but with Bad Luck Friday, he’s taken the music well beyond its traditional blues roots.
The band formed during the ashes of the pandemic when live music ground to a halt. Frustrated but still determined and highly creative, Wilde teamed up with guitarist, Steve Brook, and together they journeyed inward and developed their original style before bringing in Alan Taylor and Jack Turnbull to complete the line-up. Their fusion of bluesy classic rock and aggressive, contemporary hard rock encompasses anthemic choruses, catchy riffs, searing vocals, and Wilde’s blistering harmonica solos.
1. Bad Luck Friday
2. 666 At the Crossroads
4. Dust & Bones
5. Jealous Woman
6. Take the Best of Me
8. Low Down Dirty
9. Bonnie to My Clyde
10. Rebel With a Cause
All songs: Music written by Will Wilde & Steve Brook, lyrics by Will Wilde and Sara Starbuck
Will Wilde: Vocals, Harmonica
Steve “The Beak” Brook: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jack Turnbull: Bass
Alan Taylor: Drums
Recorded at PA Studios and Brighton Road Studios, Brighton
Produced by Steve Brook
Mixed and mastered by Paul Winstanley
Photography by Gili Dailes
Album Track by Track:
Bad Luck Friday:
A heavy-hitting monster of a song featuring deceptively simple riffs and an impossible-to-resist groove, this tune begs repeat plays. The lyrics are a play on the old blues trope of selling your soul to the devil. If you take too much fame and fortune from the world, it wants something back in return. So, you’re always waiting for that karmic balance to bite you. We thought it was cool when bands like Motörhead, Bad Company and Black Sabbath have songs named after them. So, after writing this song we took on Bad Luck Friday as our band name because it just felt like us.
666 At the Crossroads:
Taking cues from Bon Scott era AC/DC and Whitesnake, this song takes you on a trip down to a dusty, lonely track where many have struck a deal with the devil. Like ‘Bad Luck Friday’ it continues the theme that rock ’n’ roll is the devil’s music.
This song is about the old Irish legend of the banshee. It’s said that the wail or scream of a banshee is a warning that there is death approaching. In 2019, Will had a motorcycle accident where he broke his neck and thought he was going to die, that’s what the lyrics are about. Big guitars, wailing harp and a pounding rhythm section transforms this tune as a total anthem. Scream if you want to go louder!
Dust & Bones:
This is the only slow track on the album. It’s the most personal and comes straight from a broken heart. It’s about a relationship that has come to an end and all that is left are memories. Our brief for this epic slugger was ‘Free/Paul Rodgers, but on steroids’. So, get those lighters ready to hold aloft as this layered beast lays the feels down thick. And just when you thought the power ballad was dead.
Will shows his blues roots in this stomper and The Beak flashes out his guitar chops in a seriously searing solo. Play this to your ex.
Take the Best of Me:
If you mess with us you might end up in a song. This song delivers bite and bile. It’s Audioslave meets Paul Rodgers. Check out the harmonica solo!
Bad Luck Friday go muscled-up T. Rex and smash out this grimy, sleazy pounder guaranteed to get a crowd moving. And don’t forget your safe word!
Low Down Dirty:
The blues never sounded so heavy. Alan Taylor swings hard on the drums, fat fuzz guitars lay the scene and you get more bang for your buck with a double solo section. The lyric, “I lost my woman, my money, and my mind. What more have I got to lose?” is supposed to be tongue in cheek. It’s inspired by B.B. King’s lyrical style on ‘How Blue Can You Get’.
Bonnie to My Clyde:
Coming straight at you with in-your-face guitars, Bonnie hits hard and doesn’t let up, featuring a harp solo higher than a hippy on the third day of Glastonbury. This is about the kind of destructive relationship you know will end badly, but you just can’t help yourself.
Rebel With a Cause:
We’re undoubtedly channeling Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave here. It’s big, bold, and likely to cause riots. When you hear that opening riff it’s time to get to the front.