Amplified Heat

Amplified Heat

Amplified Heat

How Do You Like The Sound Of That


Few modern bands can embody the soul and spirit of ’70s rock ‘n’ roll in a way that sounds as authentic as Amplified Heat. Dragging their dusty boots through the muck of Deep Purple and The Guess Who as much as through the psychedelic guitar ejaculations of Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, this Austin, Texas trio have surpassed virtually every other modern classic rock band I’ve championed. Basing my opinion on just these 10 songs, I can easily say that I have fallen hard for this band.

Though the surface levels of music — in addition to the band’s artwork and fashion sense — are blatantly blues rock in base, a deeper listen will reveal colorings of Black Flag and The Stooges. Punk rock and blues rock are quite beautiful bedfellows, despite what some may like to think. Opening song “Tough Guy” has Hendrix-ian guitar riffage, yet vocalist/guitarist Jim Ortiz sings in a Henry Rollins manner. “She Drank the Wine” seduces me like the best Detroit blues punk imaginable, and and is it sexy!

Just when I think I’ve got this band pegged, they toss in a straight up hand clap boogie (“Moonshine”), or Cramps-nodding rockabilly groove (“What Went Wrong”). This band is four bands in one and every single one of them is at the top of their game!

Every song will blow your mind, but the title track may just be the most perfect rock songs you’ll hear this year, hands down.

Amplified Heat:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Alex McArtor
    Alex McArtor

    Touch/Are You Alone (Bigmac Records). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Superstar

    Sex, drugs, adultery, murder and finally, redemption – it’s all intertwined in the tale of Trent Davis, the “star” of author Christopher Long‘s latest, Superstar.

  • Moloko Plus
    Moloko Plus

    Moloko Plus is a monthly experimental music event in Orlando, Florida.

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Ramen Shop
    Ramen Shop

    A young man searches for the secrets of his family and great Ramen.

  • Southern Avenue
    Southern Avenue

    Keep On (Concord Records). Review by James Mann.

From the Archives