Hidden deep in the centre of Cardiff, Womanby Street is widely regarded as the heart of the city’s music scene. To the untrained eye this dark alleyway may look like the perfect setting for a grisly crime drama, but it is the home of Clwb Ifor Bach, one of the pivotal venues for fantastic live music within the Welsh capital. Tiny, intimate, and completely free from pretension, this small venue specialises in celebrating the simplicity of brilliant live music. Hotly tipped as the most exciting new guitar band of 2017, The Amazons’ music perfectly complements the raw love of music exuded by the venue and the audience it attracts.
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Local indie rockers Himalayas kicked the night off with a high-energy set of heavy yet up-beat tracks, successfully getting the crowd moving, and beginning a night of fantastic guitar-fuelled music. Following this explosive start to the night, Cupids took to the stage with their fantastic blend of psychedelia and alt-rock, building a witty rapport with the crowd and increasing the energy in the room.
By this point, the sold-out nature of the event was glaringly apparent, the atmosphere buzzing with anticipation. One of the most notable features of the over-18s audience was its diversity. In a similar vein to Royal Blood, The Amazons have fans of all ages, and all walks of life, emphasising that brilliant music is universal.
Bursting onto the stage with an infectious energy, from the first chord it was apparent that this was going to be a spectacular night. The 45-minute set included a 10-minute version of the heavily grunge-influenced single ‘Little Something’. Much heavier than the EP version, you could feel the power behind the song-writing, and the unadulterated passion of the band for their music. Similarly, latest release ‘Black Magic’ was a head-banging, mosh-pitting, fist-pumping masterpiece, clarifying just why both of these tracks have recently been named Mistajam’s ‘Hottest record in the World’.
Frontman Matt Thomson paused to thank the crowd for their support, reminiscing that the last time they played the venue it was to an audience of only six people. On realising that those six people were in the crowd, he even offered them free merchandise to thank them for their continued support.
With the audience eagerly singing and dancing along to every song, this was a phenomenal night of music from a band who are yet to release their first album. Bringing the night to a frenzied climax with fan-favourites ‘Junk Food Forever’ and ‘Something in the Water’, The Amazons proved once and for all that they are a truly superb live band.
‘Black Magic’ is out now via Fiction Records with a self-titled album to drop on the 2nd June. Photo Credit : gattmoff