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)