H2N Albums – The Amazons – The Amazons

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Reading-based rock quartet, The Amazons, recently released their self-titled debut album. Full of well-crafted noisy guitar riffs and driving rhythm sections, the band boast an 11 track debut album.

So far, this year has seen The Amazons take on the music scene like never before, with the band being shortlisted for the likes of BBC’s Sound of 2017. The boys have been non-stop touring and as festival season approaches, we see their name cropping up on numerous different line-ups. There’s no doubt that The Amazons are proving themselves as ones to watch as they unfold further into today’s popular music culture.

Although the album sticks to the typical ‘indie-rock’ sound you’d expect to hear from many bands these days, The Amazons do, however, offer a range of emotions within the songs making the album suitable for any mood or occasion. With glimpses of Sundara Karma and Catfish and The Bottlemen (however, just a tad heavier) shining through, the band offers a subtle hint of what is current in the indie music scene.

Opening with, ‘Stay With Me’, The Amazons wet the pallet for the listeners who strive to hear a heavy indie anthem – a theme that runs through the very core of the record.
Songs such as ‘In My Mind’ and ‘Junk Food Forever’ maintain the heavy indie rock vibe whereas, in tracks such as ‘Holy Roller’, The Amazons present a more indie-pop feel to the record.

Previously ‘Something In The Water’ (released in 2015) lacked the energy and heaviness it is now surrounded by on the debut album. The updated version compliments the overall heavy indie rock style in which the band portrays.

Along with ‘Junk Food Forever’, The Amazons performed album track ‘Black Magic’ on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’. The live version of this track didn’t stray too far from the album version, still heavily swamped with the electric riffs. Despite the vocals lacking the initial strength shown on the album (most likely to do with the vocal production on the track – making it harder for Thomson to sing), it was refreshing to see that the band carried the energy from the recorded tracks into their live performance.

Not short on emotion, closing track ‘Palace’ offers a whole new aura to the listener. A romantic piano ballad in which the album projects the strong, emotional vocals of front-man Matt Thomson as he sings heartfelt lyrics, ‘come on darling show me what God made you for.’

The album is a definite 3 out of 5 stars, it’s a good contender but not quite there. The album lacks consistency. Knowingly, nobody wants every song to sound the same but the way in which some of the tracks contrast suggest that maybe The Amazons are still trying to figure out their sound.

The record is available to buy on both CD and Vinyl available at http://theamazons.co.uk/ and is also available for digital download and streaming across all major platforms.

ALICIA SOUTH

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