Although it may be seen as lacking a bit of spontaneous essence, The Amazons strongly prove they are one of the most exciting upcoming bands with this debut. Since bursting into the spotlight with performances on Later…With Jools Holland and BBC Introducing we expected to see big things from this quartet. With hype and anticipation, the four-piece reading rockers had a lot of expectations to fulfil, however, the album doesn’t disappoint.
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Kicking off with the singalong opening track ‘Stay With Me’, catchy riffs immediately grab your attention, followed by ‘Burn My Eye’ drawing more of a grungy feel. This seems to be a heavy opening where lyrics drift to the background in favour of head-banging guitar solos and crashing drums. Set with frontman Matt Thomson’s crooning vocal line, the overpowering guitars make these tracks unbearably hard not to listen to, similar to later song ‘Junk Food Forever’ clearly made to fill a festival field.
As the record progresses the thrill and relentless rhythmic drive increases displaying most notable anthemic ‘In My Mind’ and ‘Black Magic’, which takes more of a bright and playful approach to the youthful quartets revered alt-rock aggression. The focus shifts from uplifting guitars to a captivating synth line and swirling vocals.
Lyrically ‘Raindrops’ and ‘Something In The Water’ are nothing too profound, however the emphasis is directed on the melody rather than a deep lyrical meaning. Choruses are particularly favoured- especially shown in ‘Something In The Water’ as the glorious swells of building percussion practically pleats to be shouted along to.
Closing piano ballad ‘Palace’ captures the shy side to this energetic record. Ironically The Amazons have decided to end with this tame track, introducing a juicy juxtaposition when regarding the other songs. This unpredictable song exposes The Amazons sensitive side as Matt Thomson’s soft voice vulnerably sings, “Come out dancing with me tonight.”
Apart from small misgivings, this is a well produced and thoughtful record. Whilst it is incredibly competitive to stand out in the thriving indie rock scene and even though they have the talent, The Amazons could have displayed a few more risks. Saying this, they have successfully produced stadium-filling rock anthems alongside some lighter indie tunes like ‘Ultraviolet’ and ‘Holy Roller’. Overall, this album can at times seem to be too predictable, nevertheless, it undoubtably gives us hope for more great things to come.
‘The Amazons’ is out now via Fiction Records