Interview: The Amazons

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UPDATED 28th March 2017

The Amazons are one of the most hotly-tipped artists in the country right now having being nominated in the prestigious BBC Sound of 2017 poll as well as being tipped by MTV Brand New and Apple Music among others.

The band recently played at Southampton Joiners earlier this month on Thursday 2nd March as well has over venues across the country alongside Cupids. Since the band have released their self titled album and we managed to catch up with Matt, Chris, Elliot and Joe for a chat. They talked about the tour, their new single Black Magic, upcoming album and more! Check out Black Magic below.

So how has the UK and European tour gone, any particular highlights for you guys?

It’s been mental. We did a UK headline tour back in October last year and the difference between that tour and this one is crazy. The amount of people we’re playing to and the energy that we’re experiencing from the audience feels like it’s jumped up from last time so we’re happy. Europe was cool too, it was our first headline tour out there so we had no idea what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised at most shows, it’s always a mind fuck seeing people from countries you’ve never been to before singing your songs.

So you’ve just released the music video for Black Magic, how has this gone down after it being MistaJam’s Hottest Record in The World?

Positive! We wanted it to feel like a fucked up nightmare and think we’ve achieved that. It was a new challenge for our director Matt Goff. We’ve been working with him for the last 2 years on everything creative on the visual side. He feels like our 5th member. The last couple videos we did with him were very DIY, low budget, on the fly sort of things so this one was a whole new ball game. He’s not yet 20 so we think he’s done an amazing job so far.

So how was it being nominated for the BBC Sound of 2017 among MTV’s Brand New for 2017 and Apple Music New Artists 2017?

We’ve spent the last 2 years writing, recording and touring pretty much under the radar and cutting our teeth. I think because of that we’ve had time to make mistakes and carve out our own path, knowing who we are and where we want to go. Now we’re at the point where we want to share our music to as many ears as possible, so we’ve just been appreciative of the exposure that platforms like the BBC and MTV give us. 

Have you been sampling any new music on tour?

We’ve got a playlist on Spotify that we keep updated with what we’re listening to on the road. The new Ryan Adams record ‘Prisoner’ is awesome. We’ve been listening to a lot of the bands we’ve been on tour with too. Otherkin are amazing. They’re from Dublin and they are crazy, they would drink twice the amount we did every night. We’re big fans of The Pale White from Newcastle also.

So how pumped are you for the relase of your self titled album?

Really pumped! We started the record last April so it’s gonna be great to finally be able to share it.

Can you tell us anything about this release?

It’s a raw record. We wanted to be able take the energy of the tracks when we play them live and get that on record. We recorded everything live in the room and put few overdubs on after. Catherine Marks, our producer wanted us to achieve as much of the sound of the record as possible in the live takes. I think there are some more intimate moments on the record too that people may not expect from The Amazons. 

So you’ve been announced for Reading and Leeds, how pumped are you for this?

We’re playing this year and it’ll be my 10th year in a row going to Reading in one capacity or another. We love the festival. We all live in Reading so having it on our doorstep every year as we’ve grown up has shaped our ambitions in the band for sure. It’s a hometown show for us, so it’s going to be special.

What are the big differences for you guys between playing festivals and your own venue shows?

It’s just a different kind of buzz. You have a lot freedom when you play your own shows. You have an audience who know you, so you can kind of push the connection further. At festivals for the moment the majority of the audience won’t know who we are, so it’s more introductory. There’s less creativity in the setlist. The beauty of festivals is their unpredictability. It could be a disaster or the best show of our lives.

If you could work with any band on new music, who would it be and why?

If Queens of the Stone Age have a spare minute it would be fun to see how they do things. I think Mø has a great voice that would sound great with our kind of music.

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Being able to make our album is up there. It’s the kind of thing we’ve wanted to do since we picked up instruments.

What has been your funniest moment on tour?

Every day spent on tour with Otherkin across the UK was pretty hilarious. Our last show with them in Brighton was on St. Patrick’s Day. Something possessed them to all crowd surf while we were playing Junk Food Forever. Luke the lead singer was playing guitar and singing with us. He saw what the other boys were doing, dropped his guitar and jumped in.

Who has the best fashion sense out of you all? 

Joe of course. Anyone with a John Bonham tattoo wins.

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