The Amazons – ‘The Amazons’

The Berkshire outfit released their eponymous album this week, on the Fiction Records label, and like many British Indie bands before them, they combine the best of mid-noughties indie with a fresh approach to modern day rock’n’roll.

Opening track ‘Stay With Me’ is the highlight of an otherwise similar album that left me wanting something a little more; not taking away the fact that it’s a great debut, but The Amazons haven’t really gone off script here.

With a few whoop-heavy pop-rock numbers such as ‘Burn My Eyes’ and arena-sized anthem ‘Black Magic’, there is still something to shout about on what is still a fairly impressive debut.

‘Junk Food Forever’ is a great modern-day twist on indie rock made famous by bands such as The Libertines. It is a great track that encompasses thrilling lyrics and great rock-fuelled guitar hooks.

Piano ballad ‘Palace’ shows a different and diverse side to the band, that I feel, needs to come out of it’s hiding more on their next release. It’s a sultry rock ballad that shows a soft side to frontman and writer, Matt Thomson.

The album certainly won’t shake up the old guard of British rock’n’roll, but it definitely solidifies The Amazons as a future throne-bearer of indie-rock in our homeland.

The Amazons are set to play a wide range of festivals across the continent this summer, before embarking on a headline tour that stops off at Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival, as well as exciting slots at The Leadmill, Sheffield and The O2 Forum, Kentish Town.

A full list of the Amazons live dates can be found here.

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