Back in 2010 Scotland's finest female rockers The Amorettes reached the final of a Battle of The Bands competition – with the prize of a slot playing at the Download Festival for the winner.
The girls plugged in and unleashed a stunning set on the crowd which they hoped would lead them down the yellow brick road to a set at Download. It wasn't to be but the girls were far from downhearted.
An impromptu toilet drinking session helped heal the pain of a night night when they could almost reach out and grab their dream. But just six years later the girls finally got their date with Donington. Purely on the strength of their own music, burgeoning reputation and every growing fan base – Download came calling and the girls were happy to boot the door off it's hinges and turn their instruments to stun.
“It actually just hit us when we walked in the gate just now,” admitted Heather as she chatted to the New Rock Times at the festival.
“It feels like so long ago,” continued her sister Hannah, “someone asked us who won it but we can't honestly remember but we remember it wasn't us.
“We got to the final with us and four other bands but in the end 'The winner is … Not you!'
“We just got drunk instead.”
“We were pretty bummed out after that and to be honest I don't think we ever expected to get this far,” added Heather honestly.
Fast forward six years and the trio found themselves centre stage on the Dogtooth Stage on the famous rock star playground of Donington Park playing to a packed tent.
It is just rewards for a hard working, hard rocking band who have paid their dues and earned the respect of their peers and the love of a dedicated fan base.
“We have some great fans who come to every single show we do,” said Gill, “You know who you are!
“They are very, very supportive and it is great to see some friendly faces. It puts you at ease a bit when you play in new territories. Some of them will be here today, right front and centre.
“We are such fans of Download that we want to enjoy it but are nervous at the same time, its a kinda weird plateau.”
When The Amorettes plug in their instruments and launch into the opening bars of their live favourite 'Hot N' Heavy' they emerge like a dangerous animal – but one which is knee deep in sweet melody and all the traditions of classic rock n' roll.
It is difficult to restrict the ever-rising West Lothian wonders to one particular genre as they boast a sound like the bastard love-child of Courtney Love and Motley Crue but raised by a Blackie Lawless who isn't just off the wagon, he's set the wagon ablaze.
That's not a good thing – it's an outstanding thing. Metal enough for the metal heads but rocky enough for the foot-tapping classic rockers and melodic enough to infect the ear of the casual listener.
The Amorettes - singer and guitarist Gill Montgomery, bass guitarist Heather Mckay and drummer Hannah Mckay. - are a band the rock world should be hearing a lot more of but the cat's long been let out of the bag.
Support slots with bands like Black Star Riders and Europe, headline shows around the UK on their own merits, and now festival slots both on home shores and throughout Europe. wowing both their own established core support and the chance to win new musical hearts means The Amorettes are coming to a stereo near you.
Outstandingly prolific, artistically gifted, endlessly ambitious, ceaselessly motivated and musically magnetising, The Amorettes have crafted their new songs and signature sounds with a third full-length record.
'White Hot Heat' was released via a Pledge crowdfunding campaign which was a huge success and the 10-track slab of rock has recently been mailed out to all who invested in the Linlithgow Runaways.
It follows in the musical footprints of earlier full length releases 'Haulin Ass' and 'Game On' and their Pledge campaign raked in almost 300 per cent of the required funds to make the record.
If you haven't heard of The Amorettes – you soon will. Go order a copy of 'White Hot Heat' stick it on your stereo and let the 'Neighbours Call The Cops.'