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The Amorettes: 'Born To Break' (SPV/Steamhammer)
Release Date – Friday 6th April 2018

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Words: Johnny Main

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Scottish hard rock trio The Amorettes are back following their highly successful third album, 2016's 'White Hot Heat'.

The accompanying tour included appearances at Download Festival and T In the Park, where the band cemented themselves as one of the British rock acts leading the charge to bring a new brand of rock and roll to the masses.

Formed in West Lothian, Scotland back in 2009, the trio released their self-financed debut album, 'Haulin' Ass' in 2010, a release which has since achieved cult status within their fan base and was re-issued in 2017 due to popular demand from fans.

In mid-2014, the band headed to Ecology Room Studios in Kent with renowned producer the late, great Chris Tsangarides to record their second album, 'Game On'.

The launch of this album was preceded by the 'Fire At Will' EP containing their first ever live recordings along with some demo tracks.

Following the release of 'Game On', the band were invited to be the support act for the double-headlining tour of the UK and Ireland by Europe and Black Star Riders with Europe frontman Joey Tempest and Black Star Riders vocalist Ricky Warwick giving the band their sign of approval.

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The follow up to 'Game On' was 'White Hot Heat' – ten full-on rock tracks produced by Thunder guitarist Luke Morley and recorded at the Leeders Vale Studios in South Wales.

The album included three numbers co-written by guitarist Gill Montgomery and Ricky Warwick including the first single, 'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops'.

The album was enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike as they set off on tour once again, undertaking a nine date co-headliner with Love Zombies before being invited to open for Airbourne on three UK shows of their 'Breakin' Outta Hell' tour.

The band returned to the studio with Luke Morley in September and October 2017 for the recording of 'Born to Break', their first for German record label SPV GmbH/Steamhammer, following on from the success of 'White Hot Heat' with what could very well be a career defining album.

The Scots trio have certainly matured through the succession of high quality releases and this is definitely the best of their career so far.

The fast and rocking tones of ' Can You Feel The Fire' and title track 'Born To Break' are driven by the fast precise drumming of Hannah McKay who puts in a powerhouse performance again and again throughout the twelve track opus.

Vocalist Gill Montgomery, meanwhile, has rarely sounded better and she really lets go vocally on 'What Ever Gets You Through The Night', helped along with some great backing vocals, and 'Bat Shit Crazy'.Her guitar solos on the former especially, are a real testament to her incredible six string skills.

Let's not forget the final piece of the puzzle either, bass player Heather McKay, who is outstanding on the intro to 'Easy Tiger' that just sets the whole song up but also gels so well with Hannah to provide a solid rhythm section – but then being sisters, I guess this should be no surprise.

Already a firm favourite with the fans is the first single to be released from the album, 'Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock And Roll' which name-checks some of the trio's influences including Johnny Thunders, The Ramones and The Beatles.

It's a track that I'm sure will join already established numbers like 'Hot and Heavy', 'and 'Give 'Em Hell' in becoming an integral part of their live show.

It's not all fast and frantic though, as things slow down with 'Hello and Goodbye' which isn't some melancholy acoustic diversion, but it's no slouch either as the band saunter their way though it at a leisurely pace giving the listener a wee break from the other frantic tunes here.

So that's it – album number four in the bag and it's definitely another rung up the ladder of success for them.

Born To Break' is available from Friday 6th April as CD digipak, 2LP gatefold coloured version, download and stream.

Track List:
Can You Feel The Fire
Hello And Goodbye
Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock And Roll
Born To Break
What Ever Gets You Through The Night
Hell Or High Water
You Still Got Rock And Roll
Easy Tiger
Bat Shit Crazy
Coming Up The Middle
High On Your Energy
I Want It Bad

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You can see The Amorettes live here:
Sunday 8th April: The Garage, Glasgow*
Monday 9th April: The Robin 2, Bilston*
Tuesday 10th April: Koko, London*
Thursday 12th April: Academy 2, Manchester*
Friday 13th April: Rock City, Nottingham*
Saturday 14th April: O2 Academy, Bristol*
Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April: Silja Rocks Cruise
Saturday 2nd June: Camden Rocks Festival, London
Saturday 15th September: Redemption Festival, Warehouse 23, Wakefield

* - supporting The Dead Daisies


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