Recently it was suggested to me that I give Halestorm a listen. Formed in the late 90s by siblings Arejay and Elizabeth “Lzzy” Hale, the band released their debut album in 2009 and recently released their second album earlier this year. Trusting the suggester’s taste in music, as particularly angry-gurl music is her specialty, I decided to give their music a listen.
Now sure, a lot of hard rock acts featuring females on lead vocals is a lot of the same – angry gurls screaming into the mic. And yes, of course, plenty of these female artists have tremendous talent. Halestorm is no exception. What I did enjoy about Halestorm’s music was that it was more than just being a gurl and being angry all the time. And, of course, that the music still brings that hard rock sound rather than being pop-like like gurls are “supposed” to sound. Pop music is all well and good, but it’s still awesome when you hear a gurl rocking a great rock or heavy metal song; even a rap song! Since female artists in these genres are fewer and far between, it takes a good, strong voice for them to stand out amongst the males.
Not only is Halestorm’s music addictive and original, it’s got a great variety to it. I especially like that they have the angry gurl songs (gotta have those!) along with slower ballads mixed in. You have more upbeat songs like “You Call Me A Bitch Like It’s A Bad Thing” and “Love Bites (So Do I),” then it gets slow with “Here’s To Us” and “Beautiful With You.” The thing for me that sets Halestorms songs apart from other angry gurl music are the lyrics. I almost imagine that a little winky smiley face emoticon should appear after every line. “Love bites…but so do I.” Winky smiley face. “You call me a bitch like it’s a bad thing. You call me a freak like it means something.” Winky face.
I love the lyrics. They’re a dare and a playful nudge; they’re a challenge and an innuendo all at once. The slower songs too have meaningful lyrics. A personal favourite would be “Beautiful With You.” I like how it speaks of the whole “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It’s not necessarily saying that you have to be beautiful to be loved, but that being loved by someone makes you feel beautiful, and in turn you become a perfect beauty in their eyes. I find it’s a very sweet message, as well as something we should all learn. I mean, hey, we all have someone who makes us feel beautiful. And if we don’t, we should.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Halestorm. They have tremendous talent in song writing and they certainly write amazing and varied music. Angry gurls will love it, and not-so-angry gurls too.