The Amazons

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The Amazons


Fri, October 20, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 16 and over

The Amazons - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
The Amazons
If The Amazons sound like they could be a gang from cult b-movie
The Warriors, well, you’re not far off. Just replace 1970s New
York with the wilds of Reading, Berkshire, and you have a foursome to
be reckoned with. The most hotly tipped guitar band of 2017 according
to Music Week, The Amazons were shortlisted for the BBC Music Sound
of 2017 poll, nominated for Q’s Best Breakthrough Act gong and made
an appearance in MTV Brand New 2017 list. They also featured in
Apple Music’s New Artists 2017 playlist and popped up in Amazon UK’s
Ones To Watch and Deezer’s pick for 2017 polls. Meanwhile the
broadsheets and music press have been all over them, with NME,
Kerrang, Metro, Daily Star, Daily Mirror, Gigwise and Radio X all tipping
them for greatness. Beat 1’s Zane Lowe is a huge fan, and so are Radio
1’s Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Nick Grimshaw, Mistajam
and Greg James. Frankly, it’s not hard to see why.

Made up of Pre-Raphaelite poster boy, frontman Matt Thomson,
guitarist Chris Alderton, coy bassist Elliot Briggs and Totnes tearaway,
drummer Joe Emmett, they’re four young men on a mission to
reinvigorate rock and roll with the slick, outrageously catchy guitar
sound that makes up their immense debut. Featuring 11 powerful,
passionate tracks, it’s a serious case of all killer no filler, from the
anthemic opener ‘Stay With Me’ through to the heavy, leathered-up
stomp of ‘In My Mind’, rollicking Rush-like hugeness of ‘Black Magic’
and tender closer ‘Palace’, proving they can be as sensitive as they are
ballsy, all the while straddling influences as diverse as Queens of the
Stone Age and Arcade Fire. Alive, free and a stupid amount of fun, it’s
an album not just for the young, but the young at heart. It’s also loud as
hell. “It’s quite heavy, but it’s got big lush moments as well,” explains
Matt. “It’s a raw album lyrically, but definitely sonically, too. People
might be surprised by the ways we twist and turn on it. People won’t be
expecting a piano ballad, so that’s what we’ve given them!”

Despite still only being in their early-20s, The Amazons have
been honing their music for a decade, but it wasn’t until Valentine’s Day
2014 that they finally hit upon their true sound, thanks to a
consciousness-shifting Foals show at London’s Alexandra Palace. “It
was the first gig I’d been to in a year,” explains Matt, who’d spent the
past 12 months shunning guitars and getting deep into Reading’s rave
scene. “I was just blown away by the lights, charisma and personality. It
was an epiphany – I realised we just needed to be a rock and roll band.”
Upon returning to Reading, the four piece began listening to the artists
that originally made them want to start making music; Rage Against
The Machine, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin. Things that were deeply
primal. “It was rock and roll 101,” explains Elliot.

They spent that summer demoing and finally gave themselves a
new name after Matt spotted Swallows and Amazons on a bookshelf.
“It’s quite an inoffensive little book, it’s not On The Road or anything
like that,” he says, “but it just worked.” Like their return to rock and
roll, its simplicity was all part of its perfection. Uploading the call to
arms that was ‘Something In The Water’ to SoundCloud, the track soon
gained traction online, and things quickly spiraled – big music industry
players turned up en masse to their residency at Reading’s Purple
Turtle and soon they were overwhelmed with label, A&R and
management offers.

By 2015 things were even more serious, kicking off with a
European support tour which saw them playing huge 7,000 capacity
rooms to rabid crowds. “It was a great thing to do, and it set us up – we
wanted those shows to be our own, to that size audience,” says Joe.
“You get a taste for it,” adds Matt, eagerly. Their debut single ‘Junk Food
Forever’ followed, produced by the Grammy nominated Catherine
Marks (Wolf Alice, Foals, PJ Harvey) and released on their own label,
Goth Cruise. Then there was a triumphant set at Reading Festival on the
BBC Introducing stage. A year later The Amazons were recording their
debut in the world famous Assault and Battery Studios in west London,
again with Marks, for the legendary Fiction Records (Tame Impala, The
Maccabees). “All the songs were written between the ages of 18 and 22
years old,” explains Matt of the record’s self-analytical bent. At 20, Matt
went through a serious break-up; which means a lot of tracks see him
working through his heartache, but with the backing of big guitars,
meaty riffs and a certain kind of poetry. “It’s all quite direct, but it’s
emotive too,” he explains.

Album completed and with a summer release planned, the band
have now hit the road, hard. They’ve already kicked off their first
headline tour of Europe, which will be followed by a string of UK shows
in March and April. There they’ll be headlining their biggest venues to
date and doing it with the kind of kickass energy and full-throttle
approach that typifies their tunes. Expect sweat, style, sass and a little
bit of magic.

They then have their eyes on a prize much closer to home. “We
wanna headline Reading Festival,” states Matt, with the casual
determination of a man who won’t let anything stand between him and
his dream. “When you’re from Reading, the Reading Festival is
everything. Our whole perception of music has been shaped by it. When
bands smash it – like The Killers in 2008, Arcade Fire in 2010 and Tame
Impala in 2013 – that’s what inspires you. It’s a eureka moment.” The
Amazons for Reading Festival 2020, then. You heard it here first.
RANN - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Born out of years of diverse artistic collaborations and a steady hunt for an original music endeavor or their own, RANN is the result of 4 Brooklyn based musicians locking themselves in a isolated cabin during the winter of 2014.

In less than a year of existence RANN wrote, produced and released a nine-track album (“Yellowgun”) and played more than 100 shows in more than 40 different cities in the U.S including 8 shows at SXSW and renown NYC venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge, The Knitting Factory and Webster Hall. RANNs first album "Yellowgun" received several reviews from online press internationally:

"For young bands, there are no greater elements essential to success than having great songs and a great live show. The rest is just static.
For Brooklyn-based psychedelic-leaning pop-rock band RANN, combining the two is a no-brainer." (Vanyaland)

They’re the latest Brooklyn based band to carve out a niche for themselves in that idiosyncratic indie scene—a five-man ensemble forged from an elusive winter’s night “locking themselves in an isolated cabin” and reemerging with their own collage-genre of rock, dream pop, and punk. Yes, Rann dove into those well-visited depths of trippy psychedelia and in-your-face, garage-band angst, but managed to pull it off without merely repackaging the greats (and kudos to them for that). As for where they fall on the spectrum, think Phoenix with a touch more grit, or The Strokes draped in synth. (Thrd coast)

My ready-made categories and standards of evaluation didn’t quite apply to their music. And yet I saw so much in it that was familiar: Lucy and her celestial diamonds were there. The loose brick in the wall was there. The owner of that lonely heart was there. Every breath I’ve taken, it seems, was there. That is, the music incorporated the trajectory of an entire tradition that I, as a listener, could recognize. Still, the feeling of vertigo was undeniable. (J.P Pereira)

RANN just came back from their second national tour this year, where they spent three weeks of isolation at another cabin writing songs for their new album. RANNs ever growing followers eagerly expect the bands new album in the summer of 2017.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002