The Amazons – The Deaf Institute, Manchester (6th April 2017)

A blow up shark, glow bands and plenty of drinks to go around. Just your average gig for Reading based 4 piece, The Amazons. The second night of the second leg of their UK headline tour at Manchester’s The Deaf Institute, and what a night it was. With frontman Matthew Thomson exclaiming, “this is probably our favourite gig so far!”

Opening support act The Pale White played a fantastic set to an albeit small crowd, but as the set ended and with a little help from Matt getting everyone to move in closer with him, the venue filled out giving the lads the type of audience they deserve. The Geordies bring something fresh and exciting to an overcrowded market; with powerful vocals, melodies that’ll be stuck in your head for days and a vibe that will see them soar.

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The trio are doing extremely well for themselves, having just finished a support slot with High Tyde, heading off to support Twin Atlantic in May, and more recently selling out a headline hometown show in under 2 hours! Expect to hear a lot more from The Pale White in the coming months.

It’s not often you find a female fronted rock band that have something as unique as Estrons do! The quartet have managed to create their own sound, with Taliesyn Källström’s pitch perfect rapid vocals, one of the fastest bass lines I’ve heard in a long time during ‘Make A Man’, booming drums and heavy rock ’n’ roll riffs. The Welsh band are definitely ones to watch out for, with a support slot on Honeyblood’s UK tour coming up along with various festival slots confirmed for 2017, we can guarantee you’ll be hearing Estrons on the regular this summer. 

The Amazons have come a long way since the release of their debut single ‘Junk Food Forever’ in 2015, although still one of their biggest hits, as shown by the sold out crowd on Thursday night. Having since released their EP ‘Don’t You Wanna’, various singles and now their debut album on the way (26th May), the quartet are in for the year of their lives.

Manchester has always had a reputation for rowdy crowds, and Thursday night did not disappoint. Mosh pits throughout every track, crowd surfers and a blow up shark being tossed around the small venue definitely made it a night to remember! With Matt saying, “throw as much shit as you like, it’s great.” and throw shit they did; glow bands, drinks and all.

Opening up with their latest single ‘Black Magic’, featuring impeccable vocals, an instantly recognisable riff, roaring drums and a bass line to keep you dancing all night long. It doesn’t come as a surprise why these lads can create so much energy throughout their set, with the crowd singing word for word to each and every song!

The lucky fans at The Deaf Institute managed to grab themselves a sneak preview of some of the new tracks from the self titled album, and from the crowds reaction they’re all going to be absolute bangers! As well as the new songs, the highlights of the night were always going to be the oldies; ‘In My Mind’, ‘Nightdriving’ and ‘Something In The Water’ to name a few. 

As the set came to a close, the sweaty crowd had so much more to give. A one person stage invasion resulting in a chase out of the venue and a life ban occurred during ‘Junk Food Forever’… all we can say is, that’s Manchester for you! 

4 of the nicest guys in the industry, with anthemic rock tunes soundtracking the lives of thousands, The Amazons are well on their way up and we can guarantee that you will not see this band in this small of a venue any time soon. Having just finished touring with You Me At Six across Europe and a ton of festivals booked for the summer, be prepared to get Amazoned out this year! 

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