SINGLE REVIEW: Collide by Shotgun Mistress

Melbourne based band Shotgun Mistress has returned with yet another nose to the grindstone indie hard rock onslaught highlighting their now trademark style of combining stupefying guitar riff grenades, a combustible rhythm section and soaring vocals wrapped in a melodic maelstrom that is as hard to define as it is difficult to ignore. Ignore them at your peril. This quartet of consummate rock tune craftsmen is riding high on the success of their previous releases, including Save Me from Myself, which bulleted to No1. on the iTunes Australian Rock Charts and smashed into the Top 40 chart, and their last single Glorious Machine, which left charts smouldering in its wake for weeks on end. The new track is another fiery affair; a blistering tumult of distortion led full tilt with an alluring lyric and shrewd, endearing hooks that don’t let up. Collide is one more tantalizing preview of their forthcoming debut album, due to set the rock world ablaze very soon. In just under two years the band has gone from strength to strength, consistently releasing top tier Australian hard rock tracks that combine a contemporary attitude with all the fundamentals of the well-loved genre superbly intact. Kicking off with a knife-edge guitar riff Collide emerges, with Glenn Patrick’s dynamic range once again at the fore. The lyric is yet another series of emotional complexities that rather than seeking any kind of resolution are exposed to seek respite, but as one hears, that’s often more difficult to achieve than one thinks: ‘Nine lives, one man, you never cut to the problem at hand / I empathise a thousand times, my moral grounds a grounded virtue’. The track tunnels its way through an arrangement segmented by sly chorus rock hooks, a relieving bridge section and another flying off the fretboard solo that segues tightly into one last verse. Like their previous releases, Collide is a gritty rock record with heart and soul and a seductive subtle melodic edge.

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