SINGLE REVIEW: Glorious Machine by Shotgun Mistress

Melbourne based rock band Shotgun Mistress has just released the follow-up to their last single Save Me From Myself (No1. on the iTunes Australian Rock Charts, Top 40 overall chart). The group has made a big impression on the national hard rock scene in a relatively short amount of time: just under two years. The new track Glorious Machine is a great rock song that encompasses the band’s trademark style of killer riffs, exciting performances, solid production and incisive lyrics yet adds another dimension to their sound; a big and bold chorus hook. As the band has said about their style: ‘We’re into high energy, high voltage, high-performance rock ‘n’ roll! Lotsa noise and lotsa fun!’ And Glorious Machine is all these things and more. Where Save Me From Myself was a darker and more oblique hard rock reckoning, Glorious Machine veers towards a genre that takes on more disparate elements, not afraid to harness some strength from melodies that can pop as much as they can steamroll. And that’s what Glorious Machine has, a mix of dark and light that will no doubt open up the audiencedemographic for the band. As their influences reveal (AC/DC, Motley Crue, Velvet Revolver) Shotgun Mistress draw on a disparate contingent of artistic flavours within the rock genre and this amalgamation is on show in Glorious Machine. The track starts with a crunching guitar riff that gives way to the rest of the band and a feel that is as urgent as it is hypnotic. Glen Patrick’s riveting vocal performance is aided by the band’s incessant energy, with the tight production helping deliver the necessary punch and power. But it’s when the chorus comes in that one feels the sense of the band’s enormous potential to reach beyond the usual hard rock tropes to evoke a style that has universal appeal and not restricted to a narrow formula. Glorious Machine is well worth checking out, a fresh Australian band who are on the way up.

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