For a heavy guitar band who once spontaneously set their tour bus alight, playing their first Leeds headline show at a 400-capacity venue was never going to be a dim affair. The show was a one-off special fundraising for CLIC Sargent a charity supporting young people with cancer and their families.
Since the release of their self-titled debut album last year, Berkshire four-piece The Amazons have cemented their position as one of the most hotly tipped newcomers in British rock. Punchy guitars, echoes of 90’s grunge and a relentless touring schedule have resulted in a loyal following for the band.
Their emphatic energy, prolific throughout their debut album, was present in Leeds from the onset; bursting onto the stage with the anthemic ‘Stay With Me’, the band immediately ignited the crowd into repeating every word. Succession of this with the eminent ‘Ultraviolet’ sustained the surging atmosphere, causing shoulders to be clambered upon at the earliest opportunity.
The electric pace of the night continues with Joe Emmett on drums leading the charge into renditions of ‘Burn My Eyes’, ‘Raindrops’ and ‘Night Driving’. Frontman Matt Thomson’s palpable interactions provide apt interludes between the imposing anthems, announcing early in the night: “I hope you’re up for a long fucking night Leeds”.
Thomson & co also find time in the set to exhibit newer material in the form of the (as yet) unreleased ‘Howlin’. The most boisterous reaction of the night comes as the band jump into the blazing guitar of ‘In My Mind’ followed by a ‘Little Something’ / T-Rex’s ‘20th Century Boy’ mash up; resulting in Thomson crowd surfing into the rambunctious throng.
The introduction of ‘Black Magic’ into the evening’s agenda is met with equal hysteria, calmed only by Thomson’s heartfelt piano solo of the ballad ‘Palace’. The night was rounded off with the chorus of the band’s most bankable hit ‘Junk Food Forever’ reverberating around the walls of the Brudenell.
For a band still in its infancy, The Amazons find themselves as a well-polished outfit capable of producing a live show as exciting as it is impressive. After a hectic touring schedule not allowing studio work in over two years (and with some well earned down-time pending), fans will be hoping that the arrival of new material will transcend the band into a staple of British rock.
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