For as far out of the 9b scope the Amanda Blank album was, Sweet Six Bullets is exactly what the site was started for. On my first pass through the album I posted the following on Twitter, “Sweet Six Bullets….I love when a band takes me by surprise….” So let’s talk about them.
There isn’t too much information about these guys on the internet and the lone review was pinned by my good internet friend Johan from altcountryforum.nl, who is the guy that told me to check them out. The band features three songwriters, three guitars and an unapologetic Southern rock sound. If you’re thinking, “Damn, sounds like DBT!” you would be heading in the right direction. The band not only sounds similar to DBT, on paper they also sound pretty similar to early Truckers in action. Fortunately, the band embraces the comparison and even goes so far as to fill out their live sets with a small collection of DBT covers.
Skin, Wine, Sin is a fine debut for this sextet from Belton, South Carolina, and all DBT comparisons aside they’ve shown enough of themselves in their debut to make me wanna see what else they can come up with. Check out these samples and tell me what you think:
Sweet Six Bullets – Halfway Home
Sweet Six Bullets – Twenty-five for 5
Sweet Six Bullets – Georgia Rain
Sweet Six Bullets on myspace, Buy Skin, Wine and Sin
We talk about a lot of serious musicians pouring their guts out on lots of sad songs around here. It’s the kind of music I think needs the press and the attention, but sometimes a person needs something a little lighter.
When I got the news that my paycheck was being reduced by an as of yet, unknown amount I dealt with it the only way I know how; whiskey and humor. The next morning, upon returning to work, I was the one who needed to reach for something lighter so I queued up Amanda Blank’s debut album, I Love You.
I’ve been rocking this album off and on for a few months now and even though it is far from the standard 9b fare I’ve had it on my list of albums to write about for just as long. I Love You is a rap (notice I did not say hiphop)/dance/club album along the lines of M.I.A. or Santigold that manages to also be hyper-sexual w/o being as annoying as Peaches. It features all the usual suspects you would expect; Diplo, Switch, Spank Rock! as well as Santigold. Some of the more interesting tracks are the LL Cool J remake/remix of “I Need Love”, the pure 80’s mall pop sound of “Shame On Me” and the complete early 90’s industrial club stylings of “Make Up” but it’s the nothing spectacular but catchy as hell meat of the album such as “Something Bigger, Something Better” and “Gimmie What You Got” that keep me reaching for the cd over and over.
So, if you suddenly find yourself in need of something that’s heavy on gas and light on substance to play at high volume on a Saturday night….Amanda Blank might scratch your itch.
Amanda Blank – Something Bigger, Something Better
Amanda Blank – Shame On Me
Amanda Blank – Make It, Take It
Amanda Blank’s Official Site, Amanda Blank on LaLa, Buy I Love You