This The Amazons article was written by Adam Skirving, a GIGsoup contributor. Header photo by Matt Goff. Edited by Zoe Anderson.
For any British band, their first show at the fabled King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow – often called the Best Small Venue in Britain – is bound to be of intrigue. Tonight, The Amazons return to Scotland to play their first headline show at King Tut’s, and the venue is packed out to see the four-piece from Reading England.
A well nuanced live band, The Amazons sound enormous from the first note and herald the potential to play massive arenas and festival stages. With only four songs officially released, tonight we are given a sneak preview of many unreleased songs that will potentially make their way, in varying forms, on to The Amazons eventual debut album for Fiction Records, expected some time in 2017. Signing to Fiction in September 2015 after a year of extensive touring – that saw support slots for The Kooks – at the turn of 2016, The Amazons appear to be a band very comfortable in their live craft.
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Tonight, as it seems most nights, The Amazons are seriously loud. The battering drums and effect-laden, energetic guitars serve as a reminder that, though promising to display alternate sides to their musical capabilities in the future, The Amazons do really well at being a thundering rock band with infectious choruses.
The crowd are definitely receptive, and the songs from debut EP ‘Don’t You Wanna’, released in October 2015, go down particularly well. The dynamic nature of these tracks, with heavy guitar breakdowns and soaring melodic vocal lines, pull all eyes and ears in the small venue to The Amazons stage during their headline slot. Singles ‘Junk Food Forever’ and ‘Ultraviolet’ are crowd favourites, and the new songs go down well, building great anticipation for some new recorded material from the group in the near-future.
The Amazons will no doubt have cemented plenty of fans tonight, and if they continue to play with the same confidence on the rest of the tour, things can only get exponentially better for them in 2016.