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Showing posts with label No Sinner. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Provogue Records artist: No Sinner - Old Habits Die Hard - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Old Habits Die Hard, from No Sinner and it's a solid rocker. Opening with All Woman, Colleen Rennison, lead vocalist takes the reins and never looks back. With a lot of attitude, modern day female Jim Morrison, Rennison, backed by guitarists, Eric Campbell, Adam Sabla and Scott Smith, Matt Camirand on bass and exceptional drumming by Ian Browne sets the pace. On Leadfoot, a driving track with roots in English metal and blues, this track is heavy footed with Browne stomping it and interesting guitar riffs floating. Very cool. Tryin' has a lighter, more pop kind of feel. Rennison's vocals are clear and this track has all of the characteristics of a radio hit. Saturday Night is a hard rocker with plenty of kick drum and rock and roll guitar riffs. Shifting gears a few times, this track melds the Ramones with Joan Jett. Bluesy ballad, Hollow, really gives Rennison a wide open road to show off her vocal strength. Rich tones and a solid melody enriched by Campbell on guitar and piano shows that this lady can do whatever she wants at a drop of a hat. Very nice. Get It Up is another track that should have solid radio appeal with nicely blended vocal harmonies, a strong melody and a kicking kick drum. There is an enchanting richness to Rennison's vocals on Friend Of Mine, and Campbell.s guitar riffs add just the right texture to the track making it one of my favorites. Unusual track, Fading Away, has a real interesting blend of sounds and concepts with driving drum work and jittery guitar riffs. Blending this with more pop style vocal lines gives this track a pop edge and a rock undertone. Very nice. quiet and light, Lines On The Highway, sits alone among the rest of the tracks as a direct pop track with a simple melody and unadorned vocals. One More Time kicks in the door with it's direct frontal attack by Campbell and Browne. Backing off to a more experimental segue, there is echo and environmental sounds concluding in a strong bolero rock. Interesting. Wrapping the release is Mandy Lyn with slide guitar, kick drum and a more southern rock approach. This track is packed with attitude and with it's rugged vocals and instrumentation, a super closer for a solid rockin release.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

No Sinner - Canadian blues rockers announce London album showcase

Provogue Records, a division of Mascot Label Group, is pleased to announce the release of the debut mini album from No Sinner – an exciting, powerhouse blues rock band from Vancouver, Canada, fronted by vocalist Colleen Rennison. The debut mini album "Boo Hoo Hoo" features nine tracks - released in the UK on Monday 20th January 2014.
Photo Credit: © Mandy Lyn
No Sinner will make their UK live debut on Monday 25th November 2013 when they perform at The Black Heart in the heart of London’s Camden Town.
3 Greenland Place, London, NW1 0AP
Telephone: 0207 428 9730

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Photo Credit: © Nelson Mouëllic
25-year-old Colleen Rennison is a post modern blues belter and queen of soul.  She’s a hard-singing, hard-loving, hard-drinking, hard-working throwback to those she grew up listening to - Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Big Mama Thornton, and Bessie Smith.
"People have told me I sound like Janis Joplin since I was five years old," says the Canadian blues rock vixen. "My mom was a little wary of introducing me to her at an early age. Maybe she wanted to keep me away from sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll as long as possible."

If that was the case, her mom failed miserably, because Rennison, who learned from a cousin that her name was "No Sinner" spelled backwards, is now the singer of a raucous rock band with guitarist Eric Campbell, drummer Ian Browne and bassist Bradley Ferguson. In Canada, the band released their debut album, Boo Hoo Hoo, which included six tracks from their 2012 EP released on Vancouver indie label First Love Records.
Boo Hoo Hoo travels from the juke-joint jump blues rockabilly of its title track and the Delta swamp of "Running," with a chugging Creedence beat, to "Love Is Madness" with a Motown bass line and a Dusty Springfield "Spooky" vibe.
Boo Hoo Hoo includes a cover of Nina Simone’s version of Nat Adderley / Oscar Brown Jr.'s "Work Song", the soaring, affirmative gospel revival of "Rise Up," the sensuous plaint of "If Anything" and the feedback-charged "Devil on My Back," an original track that features Black Mountain's Matt Camirand.
Photo Credit: © Nelson Mouëllic
No Sinner’s music is about the clash between the sacred and the profane, the preacher and the devil, the sins of Saturday night at the local watering hole being washed away in the redemption of Sunday morning in church.  It’s the contradiction at the heart of rock ’n’ roll.
"It’s a consistent theme in my life to negotiate between being animals and being righteous," explains Colleen. "We need a healthy dose of good and evil in our lives. Music is a medium between us and the spiritual world. Our songs express the gamut from sinful to celestial."
In her hometown of Vancouver, Colleen started writing songs with Parker Bossley (formerly of Hot Hot Heat) and joined up with future band members Campbell and Browne, for a weekly Thursday night residency at Guilt and Company, a new club in Vancouver's Gastown district.  "I honed my chops, my stage confidence, my style and versatility," explains Colleen. "I learned to play with other musicians."

Known for performing in a T-shirt and cut-off jean shorts, Rennison’s larger-than-life, whiskey-swigging, last of the red-hot blues mamas is no act.
"So much of the music I started listening to as a girl came from churches and gatherings where people congregated and sang their blues away," she says.
"It’s a dirty business loving me / It’s going to be hard sometimes," she warns on the sultry "If Anything." "That’s a disclaimer for anyone who wants to get involved with me," laughs Colleen. "I’m warning you now."
With her in-your-face stage presence and t-shirt and blue jean shorts, Rennison is an old soul, wiser than her years might suggest. "I want to bridge the gap between class and trash," she says. "I love the idea of these women who very much lived in a man’s world, touring on the road."
Photo Credit: © Nelson Mouëllic
We write whatever comes to us," insists Colleen. "We’re fans of a variety of different sounds and all kinds of music. We're inspired that groups like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, early Kings of Leon and the White Stripes brought the blues and rock back to basics. We’re into so many different styles of music that we have the liberty to do what we please. We really don’t have a formula. We’ve here to make our own mark."
Photo Credit: © Nelson Mouëllic