Release Date: May 26, 2017
Record label: Caroline
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
L ike Palma Violets, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Circa Waves and many others before them, this hotly tipped four-piece from Berkshire infuse the best bits of mid-noughties guitar music with a woah-and-ooh-heavy pop sensibility. Their debut album kicks off with Stay With Me, with its earworm riff and singalong chorus built around the three words of the title, complete with those obligatory whoops. Similarly, Junk Food Forever - their latest single - is a Radio 1-friendly voyage into loneliness via some fairly unchallenging lyricism ("Junk food forever / Late nights together / Jackets in leather / I can't forget ya").
British guitar bands are getting a bit of a rough ride at the moment. Whether it's elder statesmen like Paul Weller bemoaning the "insipid" wave of music coming through, or Kasabian saying that they're the only ones who can "save guitar music from the abyss", things seem hostile for emerging acts. Reading rock group The Amazons are in for a daunting task, it seems, despite having gigged extensively for the last three years, scooping up sundry Catfish & The Bottlemen fans and bagging a slot on the BBC Sound Of 2017 shortlistin the process.
T he first warning is that standard-issue indie-band name, nicked from a legendary race of superwomen by four young men from Reading. The second is opener Stay With Me, which barrels in like a generic version of the Vaccines, minus the active ingredient. The rest of this radio-ready debut is a solid base of Razorlight (Holy Roller, Junk Food Forever) and late Kings of Leon (Burn My Eyes), with occasional harder rock topnotes.
Pressing play on the self-titled debut from The Amazons is like ripping off a plaster. There's an apprehension before clicking the button; so much hype and critical acclaim surrounds the four-piece at the moment. What if it doesn't live up to expectations? But then you bite the bullet (or rip off the metaphorical plaster) and it's one of the best decisions you've ever made.