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  THE AMORETTES
'Game On'
(Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
Out Now


Johnny Main

johnny main



the amorettes

Feisty West Lothian rock trio The Amorettes have been favourites here at MetalTalk Towers for some time now, mainly due to their storming live performances all over the UK. The band have just completed a hugely successful UK tour supporting Black Star Riders and Europe and to tie in with this, the band have released their new album, 'Game On'.

The ten track album was produced by Chris Tsangarides (famed for work with Bruce Dickinson, Judas Priest, Anvil and Thin Lizzy) and was recorded at his Ecology Room Studios in Kent and it showcases the very best of where The Amorettes are at this point in their career.

Eight of the tracks are brand new ones, along with two older tracks which have been specially re-recorded for this new album. With all the songs written by guitarist Gillian Montgomery, this album is chock full of future rock anthems.

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'Bull By The Horns' is a frantic number and a great way to kick things off. Gillian's voice has a touch of echo added to it giving it a bit more body. Her voice is really powerful though as she has the ability to sustain the long notes as and when required – not an easy feat at all.

'Shoot From The Hip' is another fast number which is guaranteed to get the crowd singing along at their live shows, I'm sure, but it also gifts Gillian her showcase moment during the guitar solo, which is amongst her very best here.

The first track released from the album was 'Fire At Will' which makes an early appearance here. The "blink and you'll miss it" bass intro from Heather McKay gives way to Gillian's long stinging guitar intro which means you're pretty close to a minute before the vocals finally burst out of the speakers. Overall though it's a solidly paced number with a good, catchy chorus.

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'Daddy's Got Money' has a solid drum intro from the final member of the band, drummer Hannah McKay. It's a slower paced number compared to some of the other tracks here, but it features an incredible bass line from Heather which really rattles the speakers as the song progresses. 'Get What's Comin' too, has a more no-nonsense feel about it, and the song manages to crack along at a fair pace with Hannah and Heather keeping the engine room running whilst Gillian keeps the guitar rhythms in the centre of the mix.

'Rock Me Roll Me' was the first of the new material I heard when I caught the band's live set in Glasgow back in September last year. I was instantly taken with it so it's nice to hear the glossy studio version here. It's another solid number that really deserves to be in the band's live set for a long time to come. I mean, what's not to like about a song with a catchy, easy to remember chorus that will have your fist punching the air and puts a smile on your face?

In case you didn't know, the band released their debut album (the now out-of-print) 'Haulin Ass' back in 2011 and they've elected to re-record two songs from that album - 'Son Of A Gun' and 'Hot And Heavy' here. To me, both songs benefit from the re-recording but it's the latter that comes across best here. Yes, I'd rather it was 'Whoot Woo' that they'd included but you can't have everything!

Benefiting from Tsangarides' talents behind the desk, it's great to hear this updated version of 'Hot And Heavy', especially, which has a much more solid and rounded sound than the original version.

All in all, this is another huge achievement for the band and it proves that they have the skill and talent to go far in this business. Everything this band do is a step forward for them and now with solid record company backing, the future for this band is looking exceedingly bright and I'm looking forward to hearing (and seeing) much more from them in the future.

You can see the official video for 'Fire At Will' here:



You can see The Amorettes live here:
Friday 1st May – The Mash House, Edinburgh
Sunday 3rd May – The Malt Mill, Aberdeen
Saturday 30th May – Camden Rocks Festival, London
Sunday 28th June – Wildfire Festival, Wiston
Saturday 18th July – SOS Festival, Manchester
Saturday 3rd October – British Steel Saturday Night Festival, Fismes

'Game On' Tracklist:
Bull By The Horns
Fire At Will
Get What's Comin
Hot And Heavy
Daddy's Got Money
Son Of A Gun
Shoot From The Hip
Give 'Em Hell
Heartbreaker
Rock Me Roll Me

The Amorettes are:
Gillian Montgomery – Guitar/Vocals
Heather McKay – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Hannah McKay – Drums/Backing Vocals


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28.3.2015












 


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