The Amazons are officially the most hotly-tipped guitar band of year after featuring on all of the biggest tips for 2017 lists – see the BBC Sound Poll 2017, Best Breakthrough Act at the Q Awards, MTV’s Brand New For 2017, Apple Music’s New Artists 2017, Deezer’s Pick For 2017 and most recently added to BT TV Music’s Ones To Watch 2017. And things are still hotting up for the youthful quartet with the release of their new single ‘Black Magic’ which is their second consecutive track to be highlighted as Mistajam’s Hottest Record in the World.
After the ominous atmosphere of their previous single ‘Little Something’, ‘Black Magic’ takes a brighter, more playful approach to their revered alt-rock onslaught. Their relentless rhythmic drive continues unabated, but the track’s spiralling guitar motif immediately lays a foundation in the mind while frontman Matt Thomson adds an adept falsetto to his already mountainous vocal range.
“This song has been 3 years in the making. We had some of the parts floating around without any direction until I wrote the chorus, which gave the track focus.” Thomson marks, adding “Black magic is about the helplessness you feel when you realise the feelings you have for someone are no longer reciprocated. The despair at the awareness that there is nothing you can do to change the way they feel.””
The release of ‘Black Magic’ builds on the band’s growing upwards momentum which was boosted with ‘Little Something’. Their biggest airplay track to date, ‘Little Something’ was launched as Mistajam’s Hottest Record in the World and subsequently B-listed at Radio 1 and A-listed at 6 Music. The accompanying video – based around found footage filmed by a mysterious voyeur – was also A-listed at MTV Rocks.
‘Black Magic’ was produced by the band’s regular collaborator Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals, The Vaccines) and was recorded in Flood and Alan Moulder’s famous Assault and Battery studio in London. Both ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Little Something’ will appear on their eagerly anticipated debut album which will follow later in the year out on Fiction Records.
Consisting of pre-Raphaelite poster boy and frontman Matt Thomson, guitarist Chris Alderton, coy bassist Elliot Briggs and Totnes tearaway drummer Joe Emmett, The Amazons are four young men on a mission to reinvigorate rock and roll as they straddle influences as diverse as Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction and Tame Impala.
The Amazons’ first show of 2017 was a short set before a tiny audience at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios for Radio 1’s Future Festival. They’re now poised to hit the road for the following dates which include a London show at Dingwalls and a homecoming gig at Reading’s Sub89:
2nd – Southampton, Joiners Arms (SOLD OUT)
3rd – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
4th – Coventry, Coventry Central Library
6th – Liverpool, Buyers Club
7th – Dublin, Whelan’s
8th – Belfast, Voodoo
10th – Nottingham, Bodega Social Club (SOLD OUT)
11th – Leicester, The Cookie (SOLD OUT)
12th – Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge
14th – Cambridge, Portland Arms
15th – Oxford, The Bullingdon
16th – Guildford, The Boileroom
17th – Brighton, Patterns
5th – Sheffield, The Plug
6th – Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
7th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
8th – Newcastle, The Cluny
11th – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
12th – London, Dingwalls (SOLD OUT)
13th – Reading, Sub89
Tickets are available here: http://po.st/TAFBE.