Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Amorettes - Everything They Learned , they learned from Rock n Roll

Gday, howzitgoing

I always get a big smile and my heart swells with pride when i find a band that carries on the traditions of the loud kick arse rock that i been into since the late 70s ..SO....
as per usual I was thumbing through Classic Rock the other day and found a story about todays bloges's or is that blogettes ?...whatever , ANYWAY, here is the tale of The Amorettes


The Amorettes are from the wilds of  Scotland and got together in 2009. They have supported and absolute array of brilliance including  Black Star Riders, Europe, W.A.S.P., Ash, The Dead Daisies, Black Stone Cherry, Gun and Thunder among others, so they must be the grouse , and the girls have toured across the UK, and performed throughout Europe on their own merit

They released their first album, Haulin' Ass, in 2010, and their second album, Game On, which was produced by Chris Tsangarides, followed in 2015. The band's third album, White Hot Heat, was released on 27 June 2016. Produced by one of my favourite bands and the guitarist therein, Thunder's Luke Morley, the album also has some songs by  Morley and Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick.

Haulin' Ass was repackaged and reissued with two bonus tracks on 16 June 2017. The band's fourth album, Born to Break, again produced by Morley, was released worldwide on 6 April 2018.

The Amorettes were formed in March 2009 when vocalist and guitarist Gill Montgomery met drummer Hannah McKay at Stevenson College in Edinburgh. Influenced by bands such as AC/DC, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Girlschool and Thin Lizzy, they developed a similar classic hard rock sound, described by the band as "hard, fast rock 'n' roll". The three-piece lineup was eventually completed by Hannah's younger sister Heather as bass guitarist.The band was named after Montgomery found the name 'Amorette' in a book of baby names.
The Amorettes' debut album Haulin' Ass was recorded in Livingston and released independently in May 2010, limited to 1000 copies. Geoff Barton of Classic Rock magazine rather poetically rated it as 8/10, describing it as "Three minute stun gun bursts full of humour and hellion fury."

The band won Group of the Year at the 2011 Scottish New Music Awards, and they played Hard Rock Hell in 2011 and 2013. They continued to tour and perform regularly, playing the Hard Rock Hell festival in Ibiza in May 2014; opening for Sebastian Bach and Black Star Riders at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales in July,and playing at Bloodstock 
 In October 2014, the girls were announced as the support act for the double-headlining tour of the UK and Ireland by Europe and Black Star Riders. Europe frontman Joey Tempest and Black Star Riders singer Ricky Warwick both welcomed the band, with Warwick stating, "We loved The Amorettes when they opened for BSR this last summer – they represent the heart and soul of The Runaways combined with The Donnas with great songs to boot... and even better, they are Scottish!!

Alongside the release of the "Fire at Will" EP which included live recordings and demos, The Amorettes recorded their second album, Game On, in 2014 with experienced producer Chris Tsangarides at his Ecology Room Studios in Kent.


 They signed with record label Off Yer Rocker in February 2015, and the album was released in March. On 2 February, the band performed a track from the album, "Rock Me, Roll Me", live on The Fountainbridge Show on STV Edinburgh.

The album's release was followed by the tour with Black Star Riders and Europe in March, then shows in the Netherlands, including the Dijkrock Festival on 18 April. The band also performed at Sandnes in Norway on 20 June, and played at the British Steel Saturday Night Festival in Fismes, France, on 3 October.


The band's third album, White Hot Heat, was recorded at Leeders Vale Studios in Ebbw Vale in April 2016, and was marketed via PledgeMusic. 

Produced by Luke Morley and engineered by Nick Brine, the album was released on 27 June. Morley also co-composed three of the songs on the album, with Ricky Warwick contributing to another, the first single, "Let the Neighbours Call the Cops". Morley stated, "I think we've captured something really special with the album, and I think it will surprise a lot of people."


Neil Jeffries of Classic Rock magazine gave the album 8/10, describing it as a "game changer". He cited comparisons with Getcha Rocks Off-era Def Leppard, and AC/DC during their early period with Bon Scott, and claimed the riff from the album closer "Stealing Thunder" to be "the best I've heard all year". He summed the album up as "pure hook-driven overdrive".

The Amorettes played Download Festival 2016 


The band's fourth album, Born to Break, was recorded during September and October 2017 at Rockfield Studios, again with Morley and Brine, and was released worldwide on 6 April 2018, ahead of a six-date UK tour supporting The Dead Daisies. On 13 December, the band announced a worldwide record deal with German label SPV GmbH/Steamhammer
On 16 February 2018, the band released the first single from the album, "Everything I Learned I Learned from Rock and Roll", written by Montgomery and Ricky Warwick. Warwick said the song was "based on personal experience, and a nod to some of the great artists out there who have shaped and defined our rock n roll identity."


The song was voted Classic Rock's track of the week for the last week of March, 
On 13 April, Born to Break charted at #13 in the Official Scottish Album Charts.
Describing the band as "the best band out of Scotland since The Almighty", Neil Johnson of Louder Than War cited the "more refined and considered songcraft" of Born to Break compared to its predecessor, describing it as "honest to goodness, spit and sawdust rock 'n' roll".

The Band
Gill Montgomery – vocals, guitar
Heather McKay – bass guitar, backing vocals
Hannah McKay – drums, backing vocals

Haulin' Ass (2010, reissued 2017)
Game On (2015)
White Hot Heat (2016)
Born to Break (2018)
Fire at Will (2015)
Live at Bannermans (2016)
"Take Cover" (2014)
"Fire at Will" (2015)
"Bull by the Horns" (2015)
"Give 'Em Hell" (2015)
"Let the Neighbours Call the Cops" (2016)
"White Russian Roulette" (2017)
"Whoot Woo" (2017)
"Everything I Learned I Learned from Rock and Roll" (2018)


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Brother Norm Presents : NITROVILLE In Concert (at his local friendly rock joint)


  Howdy soaps....err, i mean folks, Brother Norm here again, now this is a band I heard about a few years ago thanks to my habit of late night trawling on ReverbNation and wanted to share with you.

     Nitroville was founded by Anglo-Scottish vocalist, Tola Lamont and German-Scottish Guitarist, Kurt Michael. On the first song-writing session two songs were born – the southern rock grinder, “Cuts to the Bone” and the stomping “Got what it takes”. Both songs were later included on Nitroville’s debut album, “Can’t Stop What’s Comin’” which was released in 2011.the second album is called "CHEATING THE HANGMAN" and was released in 2016 on the Mighty Music label ( Marco Mendoza, Tygers Of PanTang ) to rave reviews. Nitroville are also currently working on their third album which is due to be released Worldwide via Target/Mighty Music (Scandinavia/USA), Bickee Music, (Japan) later this year.

The current line up is :-
Tola Lamont - Vocals

With her mane of blonde hair and her film star looks Tola commands the stage from the opening guitar chords, style wise her vocals are a  cross between Vinegar Joe era Elkie Brooks, Mothers Finest singer Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy and Rossington Collins era Dale Krantz

Kurt Michael  - Guitars  & 
Grizzy Rose Lee - Guitars  

Striding the stage like a menacing KK Downing and Glenn Tipton these boys have the chops to match the attitude, coming across like latter day Mick Cocks and Peter Wells of Rose Tattoo,and Kurt`s plug in and play attitude (no pedal boards here) comes across in the very first power chord.

Paolo Succo - Bass

Mercurial bassist Paolo strides the stage whilst laying down a rock solid groove reminiscent of Glenn Hughes

Moyano El Buffalo - Drums

...What can be said about Moyano, other than WOW!!!

he obviously wears his influences on his sleeve, Keith Moon of The Who, Phil Taylor of Motorhead and first and foremost Animal from the Muppet show,this gut is a POWERHOUSE DRUMMER and a name to look out for in the future.

Right that`s the back story for you guys, onto the actual gig.

So, its a Sunday night in Newcastle,and after a 5am start for work (i`d been called in the night previous) i not so much cruise in to a bar on the shore as Aerosmith`s Mr Tyler might have put it, i more stumble tiredly into my local rock `n` roll watering hole,now as i`ve been trying to convince the band to come and play up here for sometime now, and now they`re here i`m not sure what to expect, i know its gonna be good though,  i walk into the venue and pay my door fee and head for the bar....after a 10 hour shift i think i deserve an ice cold Corona, but i digress.

After a quick chat to friends and bar staff i see there is movement on the stage, suddenly there is a quick guitar riff from Kurt and the band explode onto the stage with their opening number APOPHIS 2029 from their second album Cheating The Hangman and we`re off on a 10 song set that instantly grabs the crowd by the throat and doesn't let go until the end of the last song.....
and not a ballad in sight, that`s not to say they can`t do them, check out the YouTube video below for a stripped down version of 

During the set, Tola is centrestage commanding her boys and making sure the crowd is having a good time,and enticing them to come to the front of the stage,three new songs feature including, PITLANE FIRE a balls out Nascar rocker that is bound to get you a speeding ticket when you play it in the car,and ZOMBIE GALORE another rocking tune that will sit comfortably alongside the rest of their catalogue,check out the videos below

 Pitlane Fire 

        Towards the set finale, after checking how much time was left, Kurt says to the crowd "If someone buys me a beer i`ll buy you one back after the set", almost instantly a voice shouts up "What Kind?", to which a shocked Kurt replies "Any Lager", i`m not sure he realised just how generous us Geordies are,any-who, ten songs later, after the band had ripped through some old favourites like SPITFIRE, LOUISIANNA BONE and the future classics CHEATING THE HANGMAN and MOTOROCKER the crowd are suitably warmed up for Marco Mendoza......

           Zombie Galore   

and the NITROVILLE NATION has gained a good few new members

Afterwards, as i was congratulating Tola on her and the bands Newcastle debut, a young girl came up to us and maybe she thought i had something to do with the band,but the conversation went like this....

                                Q: Your drummer`s brilliant, what`s he on??

                                Tola: Coffee, lot`s of coffee.

                                Me: Rock `n` roll and LOTS of coffee


Then came the punchline, the girl then says....

To the lead singer/front woman of the band

 "You should bring the drums to the front of the stage so everyone can see him"

, which i suppose is a compliment for Moyano, but in my opinion really rude to the singer of a band who've travelled the length of the country to entertain you for 45 minutes, but hey ho as Mr. Jagger once said "ITS ONLY ROCK N ROLL"

     For more information about the band......





so thats that ...ripping gig, look 'em up..


Friday, April 20, 2018

Its the Cadillac Three

Firstly G'day , secondly , I was on you tube the other day looking at some Blackberry Smoke videos and on the side bar video suggestions wotsit  I found another band to add to the collection of bands that just rock.....I discovered quite the brilliant trio called Cadillac Three
Before  the boys got Cadillaced, all three members were in American Bang, which also featured Ben Brown as a fourth member; Mason and Brown had been in the band Llama before that.  

Between 2011 and 2013, Johnston co-wrote "You Gonna Fly" for Keith Urban, "Southern Girl" for Tim McGraw, and "Days of Gold" for Jake Owen (with Neil Mason).

the boys hace rather brilliantly combined outlaw country and classic Southern rock, born and bred out of Nashville, Tennessee. The Cadillac Three have their roots in the rock group American Bang, who were formed in 2005 by lead guitarist Ben Brown; drummer Neil Mason; singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jaren Johnston; and bassist Kelby Ray. 

Originally called Bang Bang Bang, the group released an album, I Shot the King, under that name in 2005, but switched to the name American Bang upon signing with Warner Bros. 

American Bang released an EP, Move to the Music, in 2007, and a self-titled full-length in 2010 with Reprise Records, but after the album didnt find an audience, Brown departed for a solo career. 

The remaining trio members changed their name to Cadillac Black, but once again discovered they'd chosen a name already in use; signing with Big Machine Records, they switched their handle to the Cadillac Three, and issued the self-titled full-length album The Cadillac Three in the spring of 2013. 

In addition to making a name for themselves as performers, the Cadillac Three have generated chart-friendly material for other acts 


Jaren Johnson co-wrote the songs "You're Gonna Fly" for Keith Urban, "Southern Girl" for Tim McGraw, and "Days of Gold" for Jake Owen. In February 2014, the Cadillac Three enjoyed some chart action with the single "The South," which featured guest appearances from Dierks Bentley, Eli Young, and Florida Georgia Line. 


Six months later, they dropped the single and video for the song "Party Like You," followed by the ballad "White Lightning" in April 2015. It took another year before Bury Me in My Boots, the band's third album, finally saw release in the summer of 2016. The trio returned in August 2017 with Legacy, an album that saw the group strip back to basics.


And rest assured , i'm gonna get as much C3 as I can get my hands on ...I suggest you do the same.


Seeya Next time

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Its the FOOEYS

Fooeys giving Sydney WHAT FOR !!!!

Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Rock n Fkn Roll
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts
Nirvana , Sunny Day Real Estate,  Scream

Time for another blogaroo AND once again its about a band that Ive only really got into in the last few yonks but have been around for  fair while...THE FOO FIGHTERS

Now to be fair and transparent when Dave was in NIrvana , I more than readily considered them the enemy cause I was doing the hairy metal thing and they were the antithesis of what I liked , this aint saying that Kurt and the boys werent any good , they were but they werent my bottle of pepsi at the time.

Now I dug Big Me and Learn to fly but that was about it for me and the Fooeys until recently when I saw Dave on Lemmys dvd and then I saw the Sonic Highways and Sound City docos ..

.I thought to myself, self , might be time to give them another shot , so i hit You Tube hard , and I was amazed at how much of their stuff I genuinely dig

 I went and bought the Greatest hits c.d and the live at Wembley dvd and that was me sold 

The boys formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. It originally a Dave Grohl solo project following the end of Nirvana . 

Rumour has it the group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as "foo fighters" there you go , historical learnage for you

Dave Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly ofSunny Day Real Estate, as well as getting Pat Smear to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. 

When most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl on the group's second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997),  Goldsmith quit during the recording 

Pat  Smear's departure was rather cool , he left the band after playing the first song of a set on the balcony of Radio City Music Hall,  though he would rejoin them in 2006.

Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, took their spots respectively, although Stahl was let go before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999). 

The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band's lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. During this time Taylor had a close call with a overdose but Dave and Taylor told each other to F**k off and made up

The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002. and there was a struggle duirng this album,   Dave even went and played with Queens of the Stone Age, and some thought that this was it for the Fooeys

 The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material, and its just f**kin amazeaballs ...go get it

Fooeys released the sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. The band's seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011, in which Pat returned as a full member. 

In November 2014, the band's eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. 

On September 15, 2017, the band released their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, which became their second to reach #1 in the United States.

Dave Grohl
Nate Mendel
Pat Smear
Taylor Hawkins
Chris Shiflett
Rami Jaffee

     Past members
William Goldsmith
Franz Stahl

1995 -  Foo Fighters
1997 -  The Colour and the Shape
1999 -  There Is Nothing Left to Lose
2002 -  One by One 
2005  - In Your Honor
2006 - Skin and Bones 
2007 - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace 
2011 - Wasting Light
2014 - Sonic Highways 
2017 - Concrete and Gold 

So . there you  go, if you aint heard any ...get amongst it