Things are happening in the Gin Annie camp, actually things have been happening nonstop these past 12 months or so. The West Midlands based rockers have become firm favourites on the gig circuit, just count the number of T-shirts you have seen lately. Winning the HRH Highway to Hell Final in Sheffield last year gave them a record deal. They are ones to watch with Planet Rock and have seen a sharp rise in fans while touring around the UK. Although the European tour with Diamond Head ended in disaster, when the band were stranded in Belgium. They have brushed this aside and are heading out again, to promote 100% Proof, the eagerly awaited debut album released on January 25th. Made up of cousins David Foster on vocals and Byron Garbett on guitar and joined by Brian Green on guitar, Phil ‘Hammer’ Burrows on bass and Jack Ryland Smith on Drums, Gin Annie are stealing it.
Fast and with ultimate smoothness we kick off with ‘Love Ain’t Here’, vocals that melt even the most hardened among us. The two guitars blend and deliver and as they strum into ‘Dead & Gone’ we are submitted to fresh, clean and new classic rock. ‘Chains’ was brought out as a single and played on dozens of radio stations. It’s punchy and drives you to wanting more. I have seen Gin Annie’s live performance and nothing is taken away on the recorded version. It’s full of energy and really up-lifting. You get exactly what it says on the tin, as the saying goes. ’New Bad Habit’ ups the pace even more, hitting you with Jacks steady pounding, Phil’s underlying bass lines and some more stunning guitar playing, brilliant. The two 6 stringers complement each other perfectly and this is one reason why the band stand out from the crowd.
‘Damage is Done’ is another opportunity for the guitarists to show us their worth. A strumming intro is followed by more heartfelt vocals and we are now in full swing. Next up is the previous single ‘Fallin’, you cant help singing along to this, we are all falling for Gin Annie now. Such a hook with simple but memorable lyrics, ‘All I Want’ is a rocking little number. Gritty guitar and again David’s defining voice with marvellous backing vocals, trademark Gin Annie. The Ballad ‘Haunt Me’ provides another side to the bands creativity. Strong and soulful, with some more exquisite guitar work, I can see the phones being held up at gigs for this one already. It’s not over until ‘Born to Rock n Roll’ sees us out. It is a testament to the guys, they were definitely born to do this.
This album is full of enthralling vibes and there is some incredible writing going on here, with songs that stay in your head. Melodic soft rock with powerful harmonies and superb dual guitar riffs. Catchy and easy going, yet awe inspiring, Gin Annie are in a class of their own. They have delivered the goods on this, ‘100% Proof’ is an excellent play, one of those albums you can listen to over and over.
‘fresh, clean and new classic rock’
Highlights – Love Aint Here, Fallin, All I Want
100% PROOF is out 25th January – see the links here –