After one listen to Shotgun Mistress’ new single it might appear as if we as the listeners have taken a nostalgic turn back in time to when classic sleazy rock thrived and button pushing DJ’s were best kept for private parties. But once their debut single No Friend Of Mine gets inside your head those comparisons to the likes of Velvet Revolver and Motley Crue soon dissipate to reveal a fresh but familiar landscape. From the opening riff reminiscent of Slash’s wailing fretwork to the solid rhythm section of pounding drums and thumping bass elevating the bellowing vocals that adhere to a more commercial pallet. This is what has driven this track from mere album filler status to a more legitimate claim on creating a breakthrough single.
Shotgun Mistress not only manages to keep all those hard rock-infused tendencies intact but also compliment them with stylish songwriting abilities. The song begins punching its way into your brain, with Matt Wilcock’s guitars kicking in, the full force of the band proceed in a wave of ear bursting antics paving the way for GlennPatrick’s vocals to begin. The Drums of David Lee intricately entwined in the for front of the track only boosts the raging bass lines from Ben Curnow (or as the band liketo call him ‘Bass Freely’). This all morphs into a rock machine throb which sets the scene for the remainder of the song. Overall extremely punchy, catchy and well honed to create a beefy rock track that is certainly lacking in the industry today.
No Friend Of Mine is at radio today and is set for release on May 24th with a subsequent album to be released in November 2019.