Amy Lynn & the Gunshow, ‘Chandelier’ (Cover) – Exclusive Premiere
It wasn’t long ago that Amy Lynn & the Gunshow performed at New York City’s burgeoning music hall, Rockwood. During the gig, lead singer Amy Lynn performed a duet with her husband (and baritone saxophonist), Alex Hamlin. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from fans, Amy and Alex went into the studio to record the track.
That song is ‘Chandelier’ -- originally recorded by Australia’s pop star, Sia -- and today (Dec. 3), Diffuser is ecstatic to premiere the Amy Lynn & the Gunshow's studio version in the audio player below.
Opening with Alex’s sax, it doesn’t take long for Amy’s outrageously powerful vocals to take center stage in the beautiful cover, culminating in an explosive finale. “For a little more than two years, Amy Lynn and I have been experimenting with performing songs with just voice and baritone saxophone,” Alex tells us. “From my end of things, there are many advantages to using the baritone sax: It’s pitched low enough that I can play bass lines and its size allows the slap tongue effect to resonate loudly enough to be heard in balance against the bass lines. My whole objective in utilizing the technique is to fulfill the role of a bassist and drummer.”
Alex goes on, “It’s not everyday you hear a vocalist accompanied by a baritone saxophone and nothing else. One usually expects to see an ‘unplugged’ version of hit songs to include a guitar, piano or some kind of stringed instrument.”
So why did they decide to cover Sia? “Amy Lynn was attracted to the song because the lyrics are strong enough to stand naked in a stripped-down acoustic version,” Alex explains. “We’ve played it a few times at our live shows and we’ve always received a real positive reaction from our audiences. We decided to record the song and did everything at home -- just Amy and me.”
Amy Lynn & the Gunshow are set to play New York City’s Rockwood on Dec. 10, as well as B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill on Dec. 30. Stay up-to-date with the band -- and get their full tour schedule -- here.