Live review: The Amazons and Lisbon at The Joiners, Southampton (26/01/16)
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A cold, wet and windy Tuesday night in Southampton. Rain-drenched students and locals alike trickle - somewhat literally - into The Joiners, eager for one band’s set in particular."What time are The Amazons on?" asks one of tonight’s gig-goers, immediately upon entering the venue. "I’m just here for them." "This fucking weather," says another. "It’s literally broken my umbrella. The Amazons had better be worth it." Fortunately for this rather sodden individual, The Amazons are, quite certainly, worth much more than his broken umbrella. All else is entirely forgotten when the Reading quartet take to the stage and unleash an impenetrable wall of sound that thunders across the room, captivating and powerful. As more and more people begin to filter into The Joiners, The Amazons keep the intensity high while still remaining accessible. Gritty, grunge-infused guitars and relentless drumming pulse keenly beneath yearning vocals and glittering pop hooks. These are songs that are meant to be played live. Single ‘Junk Food Forever’ soars across the room, a brilliantly unique and eccentric indie belter that makes you want to sing terribly and chuck your drink everywhere without knowing or caring why. ‘Ultraviolet’ is this irresistible, frustrated anthem that’s just full of everything, and tonight, you can’t help but feel it. The Amazons believe in their music, and it shows.
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