A few weeks ago I had one of those moments, when you hear a song and think, blimey this is good. The song was ‘Little Something’ by The Amazons, a band I’d not heard of, but I’m thankful to Huey and 6music for exposing me to them.
I did a quick search and discovered this Reading four-piece had released a couple of singles, and are currently working on an album, and doing a headline tour throughout the UK, tonight being Leamington at the Zephyr Lounge.
This small venue reminds me of Old JB’s in Dudley, small, tiny bar, too few toilets and a tiny stage, and very much like the old JB’s, I get the feeling that up and coming bands tread the boards here, and tonight that is certainly the case. The Amazons are creating quite a stir and it’s good to see that most dates are already sold out, and the crowd is a mixture or ages, which is always encouraging. Coming on stage at quarter to ten, they exude a confidence that they’ve been doing this for years, and we are told the new self-titled album is to be released on the 2nd June, and pre-orders are being taken. The new song from it, ‘Raindrops’, continues in the heavy melodic vein of ‘Little Something’ and there’s no question that I will pre-order the album.
‘Black Magic’ is also further evidence that these guys are not a fluke, and if further proof were needed crowd pleaser ‘In My Mind’ nearly takes the (low) roof off. It’s a basic set-up at the Zephyr Lounge, fixed lighting, and a small stage, but these gigs are about music and soul, and as us Black Country folks say, The Amazons have got both in spades. If you can get a ticket then do, as I really can’t see them playing small places like this for long and certainly when the album is released bigger stages await, no doubt playing upstairs in the Assembly Rooms next time.
It’s always refreshing to find a new band, and even more-so when it’s accidental, which for me it was in this case. Hearing that song has led me to a brilliant new young band, who possess quality songs to match their energy. The Amazons are one to watch.
The Amazons Setlist
Stay with me
In my mind
Something in the water
Reviewer and iphone photographer: Glenn Raybone