Ones To Watch: The Amazons
Andy Welch recommends his 'one to watch'. This week, find out why you should be listening to rocking quartet The Amazons
WHO: The Amazons
WHAT: Reading four-piece consisting of Matt Thomson, Chris Alderton, Elliot Briggs and Joe Emmet
WHY: 2017 might just be their year
HOW: Matt Thomson, Chris Alderton and Elliot Briggs have been playing together in one band or another for a few years now. But, like Spinal Tap before them, they seemed to suffer from a case of vanishing drummers. They'd been through seven or eight by the time they met Joe Emmet.
At the time, he was actually playing bass in another local band, but after a few Facebook messages, he was tempted over to both their band and the drum stool, and The Amazons were born.
Musically they appear bound by the common influences of Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire and Nirvana's lightest, most melodic moments, yet despite those decidedly American flavours, they do still sound British. Last year's Ultraviolet is a great example of that, as are their other singles and tracks from October 2015's debut EP, Don't You Wanna.
WHERE: There'll be a debut album along at some point in 2017, so for now, catch up with the band's singles and EPs on Apple Music, Spotify or Soundcloud (soundcloud.com/theamazons). They also have their own online store on the Universal site (store.universalmusic.com/theamazons) where you can buy 7" singles and T-shirts and assorted bundles of both. Live, the band play Whelans in Dublin on March 7 and Voodoo, Belfast, the following night. See ticketmaster.ie