Scottish three piece powerhouse, The Amorettes, released their fourth studio album Born To Break on 6th April 2018 via SPV/Steamhammer. Born To Break was produced by Luke Morley (Thunder) and recorded and mixed by Nick Brine. Talented front woman and guitarist Gill Montgomery penned all the lyrics, although she co-wrote Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock And Roll with Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Black Star Riders). Not only did they release this album, last month, but they supported the Dead Daisies on the UK leg of their Burn It Down tour. Formed in 2009 the band tour regularly and have supported other big names including WASP, Europe and Black Stone Cherry.
From the pounding opening track Can You Feel The Fire to the mellower closing bars of I Want It Bad the album maintains it’s rock n roll energy, powering on like an AAA battery! We start with 3 As. Gill’s vocals on Can You Feel The Fire reminding me of Alanis Morrisette’s in You Oughta Know, with the next track Hello and Goodbye nodding to (Anna Matronic and) the Scissor Sisters’ Laura. Then we come to rock royalty for Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock And Roll which not only mentions Sex Pistols, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the lyrics but has a flavour of AC/DC’s Play Ball! Title track Born To Break has a powerful bass beat, super-fast riffs and vocals from Gill, with harmonised backing vocals from the Mckay sisters.
We then get two SQs. In What Ever Gets You Through The Night which included the lyrics ‘Whatever you want’ and ‘Again, again, again’ I thought of Status Quo. With Hell Or High Water come another SQ, this time Suzi Quattro and Devil Gate Drive. With it’s chugging beat You Still Got Rock And Roll reminded me of a Senton Bombs/Avril Lavigne mix, I’m thinking Senton Bombs Tornado riffs meet Avril’s more complicated vocals!
The album motors on in the same vein with pumping beats, searing riffs and powerful vocals before ending on I Want It Bad. Sometimes the lyrics lend to me thinking of particular songs, with the ‘it’s only a heartbeat away’ and ‘I want its’ I thought of Gary Moore’s Out in the Fields and The Brink’s I Want It, throw them in a blender, then slow it down add some searing riffs, a chugging beat and churn out something that you want bad!
Another blistering album from The Amorettes. Whatever these three young girls from Scotland want bad is surely within their grasp as they head towards their tenth anniversary year. Born to Break? Born to Breakthrough!
1. Can You Feel The Fire
2. Hello And Goodbye
3. Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock And Roll
4. Born To Break
5. What Ever Gets You Through The Night
6. Hell Or High Water
7. You Still Got Rock And Roll
8. Easy Tiger
9. Bat Shit Crazy
10. Coming Up The Middle
11. High On Your Energy
12. I Want It Bad
Hannah McKay – drums
Heather McKay – bass