If The Amazons sound like they could be a gang from cult b-movie The Warriors, well, you’re not far off. Just replace 1970s New York with the wilds of Reading, Berkshire, and you have a foursome to be reckoned with. The most hotly tipped guitar band of 2017 according to Music Week, The Amazons were shortlisted for the BBC Music Sound of 2017 poll, nominated for Q’s Best Breakthrough Act gong and made an appearance in MTV Brand New 2017 list. They also featured in Apple Music’s New Artists 2017 playlist and popped up in Amazon UK’s Ones To Watch and Deezer’s pick for 2017 polls. Meanwhile the broadsheets and music press have been all over them, with NME, Kerrang, Metro, Daily Star, Daily Mirror, Gigwise and Radio X all tipping them for greatness. Beat 1’s Zane Lowe is a huge fan, and so are Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Nick Grimshaw, Mistajam and Greg James. Frankly, it’s not hard to see why.
Made up of Pre-Raphaelite poster boy, frontman Matt Thomson, guitarist Chris Alderton, coy bassist Elliot Briggs and Totnes tearaway, drummer Joe Emmett, they’re four young men on a mission to reinvigorate rock and roll with the slick, outrageously catchy guitar sound that makes up their immense debut. Featuring 11 powerful, passionate tracks, it’s a serious case of all killer no filler, from the anthemic opener ‘Stay With Me’ through to the heavy, leathered-up stomp of ‘In My Mind’, rollicking Rush-like hugeness of ‘Black Magic’ and tender closer ‘Palace’, proving they can be as sensitive as they are ballsy, all the while straddling influences as diverse as Queens of the Stone Age and Arcade Fire. Alive, free and a stupid amount of fun, it’s an album not just for the young, but the young at heart. It’s also loud as hell.