For a band that has only been around for just under two years, Shotgun Mistress is sure making a big impression.
The Melbourne based rock band’s previous single Save Me From Myself (No1. on the iTunes Australian Rock Charts, Top 40 overall chart) proved that their formula of blending high-energy riffs, potent melodies, confessional lyrics with stirring and skilful performances is one that resonates with fans of the genre.
The new track, Glorious Machine, is taken from the upcoming debut album and has the same fiery energy of their last but with some notable differences. With Glorious Machine, another colour of the band’s multifaceted rock palette has been added; an instant melodic hook.
The chorus encompasses this new element, the exploitation of a melodic part, chiefly by including a raucous memorable chant underscoring the directness of the chorus structure.
It’s still loud, but it’s stadium loud. Kicking off with a searing guitar riff accompanied by stomping bass part, a drum fill introduces lead singer Glenn Patrick’s high-flying vocals into the mix.
‘Through a past I can’t remember, to this brown eyes beauty queen, she wrote the book on the love she took, even though she cannot read’.
The melodic restraint here is counterbalanced by the imagery of the lyric, ‘Through a past I can’t remember, to this brown eyes beauty queen, she wrote the book on the love she took, even though she cannot read’.
The ethereal touches only add more weight to the personal and the real, the urgency of the band chugging along behind Glenn Patrick’s dilemma re-enforcing it all. But it’s when the chorus appears that Shotgun display the full extent of their creative armoury. The playing is high calibre and the choice to move slightly to the more mainstream side of their tastes will bode well for the band.
By maintaining the usual tropes of their style during the verses and introductions and instrumental breaks, in Glorious Machine but adding a hooky chorus, they’ll be able to widen their appeal and no doubt broaden their fan base.
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