Appearing on the long list for BBC music sound of 2017, it was blatantly obvious The Amazons were going to have an incredible year. Being hyped by the likes of Radio 1s Greg James, the Reading lads popularity has grown immensely and amidst their sell out U.K. Tour, have earnt themselves bookings at U.K. festivals this summer such as Isle of Wight and Reading and Leeds.
I pride myself in my love of all music genres and Indie Alternative is fast becoming a firm favourite. Having streamed many of The Amazons tracks, and finding out they were playing reasonably local for a mere £8 a ticket, I was definitely going to go!
I have never been to The Boiler Room before but everyone I spoke to said what a great venue it is and that they have some of the best live music playing there. They were right!The Boiler Room consists of one room with a bar and stage, all perfectly located to see what’s going on and getting a beer doesn’t mean you miss any of the gig! Lined with posters of previous shows and fairy lights, this venue creates the perfect atmosphere for a rock show.
The gig was opened by support act The Dabhands. The Guildford based alternative rockband are fronted by Katie Camp Bell with guitarist Ryan, bassist Liam and drummer Lewis. Today was the release of their single “Maybe I” and I would urge you to take a listen… it’s good!
Next up where the uncontrollable Otherkin!
The Dublin based garage punk group killed it last night and a night of moshing and crowd surfing together with hard, loud, energetic performances was exactly what made this set so electric! Luke Reilly is a showman and with the support of the ever talented David Anthony (bassist) , Rob Summons (drummer) and Conor Wynne (guitarist), it is no wonder they smashed UK and European festivals last year and have been pipped as one to watch by some of the best music industry people.
From the moment they stepped on the stage, Otherkin had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hand. The interaction was spot on and the daring barrier climb made Reilly get up close and personal with those who going nuts for him!
“I Was Born” was the opener to their set and was a crowd pleaser. With the temperature rising in the venue, it did not stop the jumping commencing. The Amazons frontman even joined them on stage during the show which only added to the excitement.
The lads played their new single “Bad Advise” which has only this week debuted on Radio 1 on Mistajams evening show and received amazing feedback.
Otherkin were amazing to watch and will go far! They have certainly gained a new fan in me.
10pm and the greatly anticipated headliners took to the stage.The Amazons are fronted by Matt Thomson and with his long ginger locks giving every female actual hair envy, are really making a name for themselves. The crowd went mad for them as they opened with “Stay with me” with the vast majority of the audience singing along and rocking out. Being one of the most hotly tipped bands for this year and beyond, the hype surrounding them is growing daily and with frequent radio airplay of “black magic” it sounded as though every single person in the Boiler Room knew every single word. Recent singles “In My Mind” and “Little Something” were also part of the set list and having written all of the tracks themselves, The Amazons appeared humbled by the fact they had sold out the venue that they have performed at 3 times before. The audience savoured every lyric which would have originated from Matt's home on his acoustic guitar before the rest of the band input their musical knowledge to create the bangers that were being performed in front of me.
I can not get over the energy that went into the show and the atmosphere was incredible. With their tour going into April and ending in their home town of Reading, these lads will be increasing their following as they go along. The festivals they are playing are huge and the perfect promotion in time for the release of their debut album on 2nd June.
Loud, electric, energetic, hot and sweaty! Everything you could ever want from a gig in a perfectly appointed venue.