Saturday 20 April 2019

Shotgun Sawyer - Bury The Hatchet (Album Review)

Release date: April 19th 2019. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Bury The Hatchet – Tracklisting

1.Ain't Tryin' to Go Down Slow 03:16
2.(Let Me) Take You Home 04:44
3.Backwoods Bear 03:29
4.You Got to Run 04:55
5.Son of The Morning 05:31
6.Hombre 03:44
7.Love You Right 05:15
8.When the Sun Breaks 05:30
9.Shallow Grave 04:24


Brett, Dylan, and David


Shotgun Sawyer return with their blissfully heavy new album – Bury The Hatchet. The album is a mix of Hard Rock, Stoner Rock, Blues and Psych Rock with a pissed off attitude to match. What makes Shotgun Sawyer stand out is their undeniable thirst to have FUN with their music. However you know from this listening to his album, the guys know how to handle themselves as their music has quite a volatile attitude in places especially on the first few songs with Ain’t Tryin’ To Go Down Slow, (Let Me) Take You Home and Backwoods Bear.

The album has elements of “Americana” style rock within it’s DNA and Shotgun Sawyer don’t shy away from that fact. The music is very raw but at least it’s honest and the guys know how to write and play a mean loud riff. The band do sound like early era All Them Witches in parts of the album and it’s a style of Blues Rock I’m a big fan of.

The production is excellent and the songs contained on the album sound superb. The vocals and music are pitch-perfect with the band proving they’re quite adapt at switching musical genres on certain songs on the album such as: You Got To Run, Son Of The Morning, Love You Right and When The Sun Breaks.

Maybe the album does run out of steam towards the end. However that hasn’t stopped Shotgun Sawyer paying homage to their musical heroes of the legendary 70s Hard Rock scene and putting their own spin on the standard Stoner/Hard Rock sound.

If you’re a fan of ZZ-Top and Led Zeppelin then Shotgun Sawyer have all bases covered with this album and they still have a few tricks of their own to impress people with. This is not only another excellent release from Shotgun Sawyer but also from Ripple Music who are proving why they are one of the best independent Hard Rock labels within the scene today.

Overall, Bury The Hatchet is superbly entertaining album and one that packs an almighty punch.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR and Shotgun Sawyer for the promo. Bury The Hatchet is available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl now via Ripple Music.