Live Review: An Intimate Affair with The Amazons

Alternative rock four-piece The Amazons mark their return to Glasgow with a sold out night at Nice N Sleazy. This signals the start of their intimate UK tour showcasing new music from their upcoming album. The entire tour sold out within a matter of hours as the Reading band continue to rise in popularity.

The coveted support slot held courtesy of Glasgow based grunge band The Van T’s fronted by twin sisters Hannah and Chloe Van Thompson. Their set includes stand out single Bittersweet and Blood Orange taken from their debut EP. Their loud and powerful set is met with a warm reception. After all, what else can be expected from a band who are well established in the local music scene, having previously played at popular events such as Stag and Dagger, Tenement Trail and TRNSMT.

The Amazons take the stage in front of 150 dedicated Glaswegian fans who didn’t let a Thursday night get in the way of being ready to rock out! The set opens with latest single, Mother, released just days before the start of this tour and is taken from their upcoming album due to be released later this year. Despite this, the song still gets a huge reaction from the crowd.

The band play another three new songs, lead singer Matt Thomson informing the enthusiastic crowd that they are the first people on the planet to hear this new music. A personal highlight of the evening is the band’s mash up of their hit single Stay With Me and The Beatles classic Helter Skelter. The band pulled it off in true style adding their own take to it merging the new with the old. New songs ‘Doubt It’ and ‘25’ set a promising impression of their new album giving their fans reason to be excited.

From then, it is “back to the hits” states Thompson with an immense Glasgow sing-along to In My Mind. The crowd goes wild for Black Magic as a mosh pit begins to form in front of the stage encompassing most of the small room. With drinks flying everywhere and flailing arms in the air it is clear The Amazons strike chords with their  dedicated following. The hour long set closes with the classic Junk Food Forever. The song has a real anthemic feel with everyone in the room singing the words right back to the band. This no gimmicks gig in an underground venue really highlighted The Amazons ability to entertain a crowd and the endearing credibility of their music.

The Amazon’s are set for a busy year – if you missed them this time, be sure to catch them across the summer at Neighbourhood Weekender, Community Festival and Reading at Leeds.


By Cailin McKie