The O2 Forum in Kentish Town is a big night to fill. The Amber Run guys filled every chair and floor space on Saturday night. Selling out most of their shows this time around with their release of second album, For A Moment I Was Lost, this was the last stop on their extensive UK tour. Needless to say, there was some pressure to end it right.
When Joe Keogh, Will Jones, Henry Wyeth and Tom Sperring walked on stage the room erupted. They opened the night’s proceedings with a couple of old faithfuls, ‘Spark’ and ‘Pilot’ from their first album 5AM. The audience took over with a huge sing-along and syncronised clapping which needed no encouragement. From then on the interaction between the band and audience remained strong – the crowd loving every second.
‘Insomniac’ was the first test of waters, a fresh track off their second album, released just two weeks ago. They followed that up by continuing to boast what they have been working on since 5AM with ‘Stanger’ and ‘Fickle Game’. Stripping the guitar and focusing on vocals with the adopted choir/audience – you couldn’t tell that they have been on tour, doing back to back shows for the past three weeks, vocals were crisp and with no sign of strain or fatigue. Together they showed a true cohesiveness in these original songs and created a dynamic with atmospheric moments.
The venue carries some expectation, the scale alone requires some extra effort. The soft-rock four-piece almost didn’t make it on this tour at all after being dropped by their last label after their debut. They have since revived – “Amber Run fell out of music for a while. And this song is about that. This is called Dark Bloom.” Keogh explained. The emotional nature of the track transferred off stage, with some patrons getting a bit glassy eyed and embracing one another.
Taking a step back – ‘5AM’, took it down a notch while the infectious ‘Noah’ amplified the room. Their more emotive tracks transitioned effortlessly into their more catchy crowd pleasing songs. The racing drums only encouraged the crowd to get involved and by this stage, it was obvious that most people weren’t going to have voices on Sunday. By the time they got to ‘Heaven’ the slick guitars riffs let off some confetti cannons that was lapped up. Leaving the stage for the encore they returned with ‘Haze’ then ‘I Found’ followed. Showing The Forum that the loving fans of Amber Run were a force to be reckoned with. Concluding on ‘No Answers’, the flickering guitars and Keoghs smooth vocals created an explosive moment at the last chorus and they gave it their all in that last thirty seconds of song. An emotional occasion for the guys – some tears were shed on stage in these final moments of the tour.