The Amorettes released their debut album ‘Game On’ nearly 18 months ago, and since then they just haven’t stopped touring, except to record this new album’ White Hot Heat’, which was crowd funded.
Such is their popularity that at the end of the Pledge campaign, it was 300% funded.
So what do you get for your money, well you get three Scottish lassies, Gill Montgomery on guitar and lead vocals, Hannah McKay on drums and backing vocals and finally Heather McKay on bass and backing vocals blasting out a very good blend of kick ass rock n roll.
The band write very ballsy rock n roll, no love songs here, think of this band as a modern day Girlschool, but with more attitude, and you can’t go far wrong.
Kicking the album off is “Batter Up” full of punchy guitars and a rumbling baseline Lemmy would have been proud of, in fact knock Girlschool on the head, and think of Gill and Co as a female version of Motorhead.
“Let The Neighbours Call The Cops” is the first single, which I first heard last week on Planet Rock. I had a feeling it was The Amorettes and Paul Anthony confirmed it. The very next morning this promo CD dropped through my letter box. I promptly put it in my CD player, and turned the volume up to loud.
“Come And Get It” and “Roll” are basic straightforward rockers, played with real gusto. Gill’s vocal is very powerful on these, in fact she’s very vocal throughout the whole album, and there’s some quality drumming from Hannah on “Roll” definitely a song not to be overlooked.
Luke Morley of Thunder fame not only produced the album, but he also co-wrote three tracks including “Crusader.” I suspect Luke had a hard time keeping this band quiet, the song starts off simple enough with a straightforward drum beat and simple melody, but before long that all gives way to Gill’s punchy vocals and a driving lead guitar break.
The other two are “Pervert Alert,” and “White Russian Roulette.” Both of these will be killers live, with a great catchy singalong chorus.
“Eyes On The Prize” is one of the heaviest tracks on here, rough and ready, full of lipstick and size nine Doc Martens.
‘Man Meat’ has some blistering guitar work, while the song retains its sense of humour, never taking itself too seriously, a terrific catchy tongue-in-cheek song.
‘Stealing Thunder’ is the final track on this snarling release, and it’s another rip roaring snorter of a song, by the time the dust has settled you do begin to wonder what just hit you.
Ten tracks, all full-on, all balls. Make no mistake, this will be in my top ten of the year.
I do hope the band take this as a compliment, but I have renamed them, ‘The Noisy Fuckers’.
This is a perfect in-car CD, no political agenda to listen to, no end of the world preaching, nothing to distract you from your daily commute, just a great all round rock record that will have you banging your head even when stuck on the M6 car park. The Amorettes, making your life just that little bit richer.
01.Batter Up (Montgomery)
02.Let The Neighbours Call The Cops (Montgomery/Warwick)
03.Come ‘n’ Get It (Montgomery)
06.Eyes On The Prize (Montgomery)
07.Pervert Alert (Montgomery/Morley)
08.White Russian Roulette (Montgomery/Morley)
09.Man Meat (Montgomery)
10.Stealing Thunder (Montgomery)
The Amorettes are: –
Gill – guitar/vocals
Hannah – drums/backing vocals
Heather – bass/backing vocals