THE AMORETTES – Born To Break (2018)
Scottish all-female hard rock trio THE AMORETTES will release its new album, “Born To Break“, on April 6 via Steamhammer / SPV. The disc was produced by Luke Morley of UK arena rockers THUNDER.
While today’s mainstream rock music world seems to be based around the idea of “style over substance,” The Amorettes have a very simple plan: taking over the world one show at a time. No fuss. No gimmicks.
Just good, old-fashioned rock n’ roll, and strong songs.
The Amorettes are not a female band, girl-fronted or any other gender related stereotype of band. What they are is a brutally honest classic rock and roll band. Sure, you might want to compare them to some other female acts, but you’d be missing the point.
The Amorettes are edgy, fun and punchy, just how rock and roll should be.
So, with that out of the way, whats the new record like?
Given that it was produced by Thunder’s Luke Morley with songwriting assistance from Ricky Warwick and mixed by the sound magician Nick Brine (The Darkness) it sounds just like you’d expect; pretty amazing.
“Born To Break” has the raw vibe and energy The Amorettes are known for, but with a more refined and considered songcraft.
From the first few bars of ‘Can You Feel The Fire’ this is distinctly an Amorettes record, Nick Brine and Luke Morley have done a great job distilling the sound without losing their rough edges. It sounds alive and punchy, Gill Montgomery’s vocals lacerating the thick rhythm from Heather and Hanna McKay with impressive clarity.
‘Everything I Learned (I Learned from Rock and Roll)’ sums up what this band is all about, making clear which are their influences ranging from Rolling Stones, Joan Jett, Beatles to Jeff Beck, Iggy Pop or Johnny Thunders.
‘Born To Break’ is a belter, stompy and shouty; likewise with ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night’ and the kickin’ ‘You Still Got Rock and Roll’.
‘Easy Tiger’ has a super cool rythm section, and there’s a lot of fun in ‘Bat Shit Crazy’. ‘Coming Up the Middle’, ‘High On Your Energy’ and ‘I Want It Bad’ carry on the raw, energetic adventure.
The album is over all too quickly, easy listening rock n’ roll.
The simple formula of guitars, drums and dynamic vocals have been a mainstay of rock and roll for years. It feels like The Amorettes are steadily mastering the formula, each studio record shows more refinement and yet they seem to be able to hang on to that raw intensity that make a rock and roll record honest.
“Born To Break” is not sophisticated or fancy, it’s not pretentious and it’s definitely entertaining. They are just about to head out as support for The Dead Daisies, one show that will rock hard for sure.
01 – Can You Feel the Fire
02 – Hello and Goodbye
03 – Everything I Learned (I Learned from Rock and Roll)
04 – Born to Break
05 – What Ever Gets You Through the Night
06 – Hell or High Water
07 – You’ve Still Got Rock and Roll
08 – Easy Tiger
09 – Bat Shit Crazy
10 – Coming up the Middle
11 – High on Your Energy
12 – I Want It Bad
Gill Montgomery (vocals, guitar)
Heather McKay (bass, vocals)
Hannah McKay (drums, vocals)