Gig Review: The Amazons @ Riverside, Newcastle

The Amazons are a band in high demand, following the release of their debut album the lads from Reading have been touring relentlessly. The halfway point in their ten-date UK tour brought the four-piece to a sold-out Riverside in what promised to be a mammoth night of rock on Tyneside.

It’s clear since the release of their self-titled debut album that The Amazons have evolved as a band and taken a step to the next level. With their giant tour bus (a stark contrast to the burnt out old van you see on their album cover) perched conspicuously outside the entrance to the venue, followed by a queue of people the length of Newcastle’s quayside – it’s easy to see how much of an impact the band have made in their short tenure.

Local boys The Pale White got the night off to a riveting start; similarly to the headliners, The Pale White are fresh off the back of the release of their debut EP. The hometown crowd gave the three-piece the props they deserved, belting out catchy indie bangers ‘Reaction’ and ‘That Dress’.

The Amazons’ frontman Matt Thomson then appeared on stage greeted by a roar from the crowd, followed by the rest of the band. Thomson with his already iconic shining ginger hair, sporting a ‘The Pale White’ t-shirt, had an instantly mesmerising stage presence.

From the off The Amazons went for the throat, bursting into ‘Ultraviolet’ and taking the crowd through an hour of high energy stadium worthy tracks, only letting the foot off the pedal for the tear-jerking piano singalong that is ‘Palace’ to round off the set.

Putting your money on The Amazons to be the next big thing to come out of the UK wouldn’t be a wasted bet. A strong debut album paired with a polished live show surely spells success for these junk food loving indie rockers.

Words by Johnathan Ramsay (Originally written for Gigs North East)
Photo by Lauren Stewart