Today The Amazons announce their November UK headline tour, their biggest run of shows to date. The tour will see them play to 25,000 people across the country, including London’s Brixton Academy.
The band also today release upcoming single ‘25’, taken from new album ‘Future Dust’ which will be released on 24th May on Fiction Records. Listen to ‘25’ here.
‘25’ boasts drums inspired by Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life with nods to Queens Of The Stone Age and is a lyrical self-analysis of lead singer Matthew Thomson’s view of being 25.
He says of the track, “I wrote 25 two months before I turned 25, to try to work out where I am in life. The song mimics the confusion that I constantly feel, that everyone my age feels. Are we all narcissists or are we really switched on?”
Fuck fooling about. Containing Radio 1 playlisted ‘Doubt It’ and ‘Mother’, from as soon as it bursts out of the blocks, ‘Future Dust’ barely pauses for breath. The Amazons’ sublime second album is as explosive as expected from the Reading rockers and is packed with surprises no one saw coming.
‘Future Dust’ is an album that retools rock’s dark past for the present day while having an absolute blast. Loose blues grooves, religious references and falsetto backing vocals abound on songs that explore issues including social media witch hunts, eating disorders and depression, but never lose sight of a singalong.
“We were searching for a heavier sound and we found it by delving back through the blues,” says singer Matthew Thomson. “From Led Zeppelin, we discovered Howlin’ Wolf and immersed ourselves in his back catalogue. I read Hellfire, the Jerry Lee Lewis biography, and fell in love with the Biblical language that was used to describe his ‘devil music’.
“As much as the songs, it was the stories and characters that we loved. Playing boogie-woogie piano in murky clubs sounds pretty tame now, but back then, it was raw and dangerous. We wanted to capture that with a dirtier, grittier, sexier sound.”
The Amazons were the most hotly tipped band of 2017 and followed through with their debut album reaching #8 in the official chart. From BBC Radio 1 and 6 music A lists, to rounding off the campaign with a sold out tour including London’s Kentish Town Forum, The Amazons are now a rock band poised for greatness in 2019.
The band will be playing a homecoming Reading gig at Reading University on 27th May as well as a host of festivals over the summer, before heading out on their biggest UK tour to date.
25/05/19 Radio 1’s Big Weekend Middlesbrough, UK
26/05/19 Neighbourhood Weekender Warrington, UK
27/05/19 Reading University Reading, UK
06/06/19 MTV Plymouth Plymouth, UK
30/06/19 Community Festival London, UK
14/07/19 TRNSMT Festival Glasgow, UK
23/08/19 Leeds Festival Leeds, UK
25/08/19 Reading Festival Reading, UK
08/11/19 O2 Academy 1 Birmingham, UK
09/11/19 O2 Academy 1 Leeds, UK
11/11/19 Rock City Nottingham, UK
12/11/19 O2 Academy 1 Newcastle, UK
13/11/19 The Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow, UK
15/11/19 Manchester Academy Manchester, UK
16/11/19 Great Hall Cardiff, UK
17/11/19 O2 Academy 1 Bristol, UK
19/11/19 O2 Academy Bournemouth, UK
20/11/19 UEA Norwich, UK
22/11/19 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK
Tracklisting for ‘Future Dust’:
- Fuzzy Tree
- The Mire
- Doubt It
- All Over Town
- End Of Wonder
- Dark Visions
- 25 (Reprise)
- Warning Sign