Yes folks — we have another very young all-female band cranking out hard rock from all the influences we feel are right and respected! Being an all-girl band, the influences drawn from Joan Jett and Girlschool (but only during the period when Girlschool wasn’t trying to sound like a female Motorhead) are undoubtedly going to be made and some comparisons cannot be denied. The Amorettes‘ style no matter which way you mash it up is straight up post-punk classic early ’80s hard rock.
The Amorettes hail from West Lothian, Scotland and are led by lead vocalist/guitarist Gill Montgomery and backed by sisters Heather and Hannah McKay on bass and drums respectively. Game On is actually their second album but first on a signed label. Two tracks “Hot And Heavy” and “Son Of A Gun” are reproduced and borrowed from their first effort ‘Haulin’ Ass’. Game On however keeps their energetic and youthful brashness intact. Notable tracks are the sassy “Daddy’s Got Money”, and the more Girlschool influenced “Rock Me Roll Me” and “Get What’s Coming.”
The Amorettes have been gaining a following slowly but surely across Europe already playing festivals and opening for acts such as Black Star Riders, Sebastian Bach, W.A.S.P., Black Stone Cherry and coming up soon Danko Jones. They are out paying their dues by playing clubs, festivals and any slot they can get.
Game On‘s style is nothing new nor ground breaking but refreshing to hear it cranked out from an all female band. With not a ballad to be found, the sound production has left Game On with the majority of a raw hard rocking edge which is fitting for their style of fun straight ahead rock. The McKay sisters’ backing gang vocals add a nice touch to most of the songs. If you’re a fan of NWOBHM, then this album is a must-have.
01. Bull By The Horns
02. Fire At Will
03. Get What’s Comin
04. Hot And Heavy
05. Daddy’s Got Money
06. Son Of A Gun
07. Shoot From The Hip
08. Give ‘Em Hell
10. Rock Me Roll Me
Gillian Montgomery – guitar, vocals
Heather McKay – bass, backing vocals
Hannah McKay – drums, backing vocals
Produced by Chris Tsangarides
Reviewed by Mark Horvath for Sleaze Roxx, August 2015