THE AMORETTES KEEP THEIR EYE ON THE PRIZE WITH THUNDER AND THIN LIZZY CO-WRITES ON THEIR LATEST ALBUM
Scottish hard rock trio The Amorettes are back! After a hugely successful tour with The Treatment earlier this year and a career defining performances at Download Festival and Camden Rocks in early June, the band's third album, 'White Hot Heat', is about to hit the shelves.
In fact our own Steve Göldby caught up with the band before their set at Camden Rocks and you can see our exclusive video interview with the band here:
The band recently filmed a promotional video for the thunderous 'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops', but it's only one of ten great rock tracks that fill out the new album – there's no room for soppy ballads or acoustic numbers where they bemoan a lost love here because this is simply a band who are firing on all cylinders and the album is chock to the brim with fiery rock tracks that are sure to get your foot tapping, if not your fist punching the air!
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In late 2015 the band launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund what would become 'White Hot Heat' and the campaign was so successful that it achieved nearly 300% of its original target ensuring the band could take their time and produce the very best album they could, and their forward planning and attention to detail has paid off handsomely.
Recorded at Leeders Vale Studios in Ebbw Vale, Wales and produced by Thunder guitarist Luke Morley, 'White Hot Heat' is the album that everyone's been waiting for and believe me, it doesn't disappoint!
The Amorettes were formed in West Lothian, Scotland back in 2009. They released their self-financed debut album, 'Haulin' Ass' in 2010, a release which has since achieved cult status within their fan base and goes for quite high prices on internet auction sites.
The band's high quality live performances with a no-nonsense sound led to some high profile support slots with Gun, W.A.S.P. and LA Guns early in their career and in 2011 they walked away with the Group of the Year award at the prestigious Scottish New Music Awards.
They continued to perform live regularly, playing the Hard Rock Hell Festival in Ibiza in May 2014 as well as playing as main support to Sebastian Bach and Black Star Riders at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales in July before an appearance at Bloodstock Open Air led to sponsorship from Jägermeister. In mid-2014, the band headed to Ecology Room Studios in Kent with experienced producer Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Thin Lizzy, Helloween) to record their second album, 'Game On'. The launch of this album was preceded by the 'Fire At Will' EP which included their first ever live recordings along with some demo tracks. The band signed with Off Yer Rocka Records in February 2015 with the new album hitting the shelves barely a month later.
Following the release of 'Game On', the band were invited to be the support act for the double-headlining tour of the UK and Ireland by Europe and Black Star Riders with Europe frontman Joey Tempest and Black Star Riders vocalist Ricky Warwick both giving the band their sign of approval.
Following the tour they also played shows in the Netherlands, including the Dijkrock Festival, before returning to Scotland where they supported Ash and Black Stone Cherry before heading back across the channel once more for the British Steel Saturday Night Festival in Fismes, France. In late September, they were also announced as the main support act on the UK and Irish tour of Canadian band Danko Jones. Towards the end of 2015, they didn't stop as they undertook a short tour of Germany and France in November supporting Thunder and a full UK tour supporting Ash in December.
Despite the myriad of tour dates the band still had the energy to go into the studio to record album number three, 'White Hot Heat', which is ten full on rock tracks that sees the band in fine form. Gill Montgomery has a firm grip on her role as vocalist as she powers her way through 'Batter Up' whilst her guitar riffing is relentless as the track pulsates from start to finish. 'Come N Get It' is an early highlight with the drums of Hannah McKay to the fore as she acts as timekeeper along with the thundering bass lines of her sister, Heather, anchoring the track down as the guitar riff drives the song.
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' (co-written by Gill and Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick) is as boisterous as it is glorious with another catchy chorus while you have a couple of fun and furious numbers with 'Eyes On The Prize' and 'White Russian Roulette', the latter of, co-written by Gill and Luke Morley, has a heavier edge to it than some numbers.
In fact Luke co-wrote another couple of tunes with Gill and of these, 'Crusader' is one of the best. The rhythm section of the McKay sisters comes into its own here on what turns out to be one of the most laid back tracks of the album, but it still manages to pack a punch. Luke's production excels here too and I don't think I've heard the band sounding better.
With 'Roll', Gill really stretches her voice in the intro but she pulls it off well as her voice is a genuinely rock n' roll singing voice whilst her guitar skills have improved too, to the point when her solos are tight and expressive.
There's no doubt this album is a huge step forward from the band and with appearances at more festivals already booked and the chance of a headlining tour later in the year, 2016 is shaping up to be a vintage year for the band and I'm sure they'll grasp every opportunity they get with both hands.
The Amorettes new album, 'White Hot Heat' is released via Off Yer Rocka on Monday 27th June 2016.
You can see The Amorettes live here:
Friday 8th July – T in the Park, Strathallan House, Strathallan
Saturday 22nd July – Rock & Blues Custom Show, Derby
Sunday 23rd July – Middle of Nowhere Festival, Stafford
Friday 12th August – Viking Festival, Ebbw Vale
Thursday 10th November – Hard Rock Hell Festival, Pwhelhi
Tickets are still available for T In The Park and most Amorettes gigs right here
'White Hot Heat' Tracklisting:
Let The Neighbours Call The Cops
Come n' Get It
Eyes On The Prize
White Russian Roulette