MUSIC REVIEWS ..SHOTGUN MISTRESS

SHOTGUN MISTRESS
HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Save Me From Myself

There’s a big buzz around a new contemporary hard rock act from Melbourne called Shotgun Mistress; a result of their explosive live shows and their recent signing to Golden Robot Records (LA Guns, Rose Tattoo, Baby Animals). Their new release Save Me From Myself follows their debut No Friend Of Mine, which attracted a lot of attention on radio and streaming playlists everywhere.

Formed in 2018, Shotgun Mistress’s latest is a taste of their hugely anticipated forthcoming album due for release late in 2020. Save Me From Myself starts with a bang, a fiery guitar riff, which not only reveals the band’s high-level musical expertise, a line-up that features Matt Wilcock, who appears on the list of the 100 greatest metal guitarists of all time, but the group’s attitude and hard rock aesthetic vision; both of these aspects integral to a band’s ongoing success.

Their influences include Alterbridge, Velvet Revolver, Slash and Motley Crue and although Shotgun tips its hat to these acts, it does so with care and restraint; they’ve created an altogether different kind of contemporary rock sound.

Save Me From Myself features all the required elements of an impressive rock record and marries that to a clean and clear production, solid performances all round and stays clear of any run of the mill lyric but instead gives us an insightful exploration of redemption and renewal; a hard rock case study in self-reflection is there ever was one. Glenn Patrick brings his lyrics to life with aplomb, transcending the dark and light, the full dynamic range of highs and lows with precision and impassioned skill.

This is a big bold rock record with heart, pulsing with a firm grip on its influences, its history but with a unique and powerful interpretive approach. Save Me From Myself will no doubt add to the band’s expanding audience at both a national and global level. In a very short space of time Shotgun Mistress has managed to prove they have the grit and goods to deliver; their live shows are notoriously unforgettable and their records reflect this: that’s perhaps the key element when one is a rock band on the verge of great things.

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