Home Town: Reading
For Fans Of: The Hunna, Sundara Karma, The Sherlocks and Vant.
The quartet from Reading have slowly, but surely climbed the ladder in becoming a successful band. They offer lashings of indie and rock, and can switch between the two in an instant. The band were formed in 2014 by vocalist Matt Thomson. He then recruited guitarist Chris Alderton, bassist Elliot Briggs and three of them gigged acoustically, then they felt another dynamic was required. Enter drummer Josef Emmet.
Each member of the group has different influences when it comes to music. Thomson’s influences came from Tame Impala and Nirvana. However, they can all agree that The Killers and Bombay Bicycle Club are the bar they have to reach. Their sound somewhat follows suit. Albeit a bit heavier than Bombay Bicycle Club and The Killers. It’s largely a mixture of indie, rock, and alternative sounds. Although, there are times, particularly with two of their singles ‘In My Mind’ and ‘Millions (To The Party)’. The latter is typical indie pop, but the former has much more of a rock feel to it.
The buzz around the band began to grow rather rapidly. And when Thomson worked in a local supermarket he would slip CD’s into bags of customers when they left the shop. Then, if the buzz wasn’t enough, The Kooks contacted them and offered a tour support slot with them. The Amazons have not looked back since. By the time the tour began, it was not only a crazy time for the band but having released just one E.P it allowed them to reach a wider audience. Whilst on tour they were playing to crowds of 5,000 and almost all the venues were sold out. Bassist, Elliot Briggs explained that “We were playing like, these arenas that had like 5,000 capacity, in Germany it’s wicked because loads of people turn up, we were playing to the full capacity every night.”
Their debut E.P was produced by Catherine Marks of Wolf Alice and White Lies fame, so it is pretty clear that they have made great contacts and have a lot to give. By touring recently with Jimmy Eat World, it’s evident that the band are going places. From playing to a few people in small venues in Reading to thousands of people in Europe, it’s an exciting time for the quartet.
The Amazons embark on a UK tour in December.
They will play:
December 1st-Hertfordshire, UK
December 7th-Bath, UK
December 9th-Bedford, UK
December 10th-London, UK
December 15th-Newcastle, U.K
December 16th-Sunderland, UK
Words by Josh Abraham