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10 Quick Ones with GILL MONTGOMERY from THE AMORETTES – April 2018

| 16 April 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Scottish Hard Rock Trio The Amorettes release their new digital single and video today. The new song “Everything I Learned I Learned From Rock N’ Roll” is taken from the forthcoming studio album Born To Break. The track was written by Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick and the video was was produced by Sitcom Soldiers.”  We get some answers to our 10 Quick Ones to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Born To Break is a step up in terms of a bigger, more accessible sound for us. The music is still incredibly straightforward rock, though. Nothing hidden, it’s all very out there and honest. We do, however, reference a few celebrities on there, including Patrick Swayze.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I can remember the first time I heard Jimi Hendrix’ version of  “All Along The Watchtower”. I was ten, and it was the first time I became very aware of liking music, and having my own taste. It’s never really gone away…

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Five is tough. There have been hundreds over the years. I would have to say, Zepplin, The Sixties in general, The Riot Grrrl movement (i know that’s not a who), Motörhead, and probably AC/DC.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Noddy Holder from Slade. He is a genius.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Classic hard happy rock. Giant riffs, killer hooks, and punchy melodies. if AC/DC and Joan Jett had a baby, they would name it Amorette.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The chicks. um no, I think its just fabulous that we get to do what we do, and people enjoy it. There is no better buzz than when someone really enjoys your show, or gives you great feedback. It generally fuels me.

7. When the band is all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We generally are not that organized. We will probably order pizza, as we are lazy; there is always more than enough booze, and we won’t touch the acoustic… We’ll just blast the stereo, and dance around the living room like banshees.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I would be a graphic designer, designing artwork and CD covers for bands… Hell, I designed the Amorettes new album cover! 😉

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

I would have liked to have spent more time on the last album, White Hot Heat. The writing time/space was ridiculous, and going into that feeling incredibly pressured was a horrible thing. Never again!

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I’d love to be that chick on “The Great Gig in The Sky”, on the Dark Side of the Moon. The song is incredible, and I grew up listening to it on heavy rotation for years. I have been through about 5 copies of that album. It was the first time I had ever really been moved by a song that had no lyrics.

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