The Amazons (+Toreador +Cupids) Live Review 2.3.17
The Amazons (+Toreador +Cupids) // Live Review
After being named BBC’s “Sound of 2017” and being stuck on MTV’s “Brand New 2017” list, it’s no wonder Reading four-piece, The Amazons sold out the Joiners on a Thursday evening with people expecting something brilliant. However, if they were like me, they would have been really disappointed.Support band, Toreador are a three-piece alternative rock band from Southampton and surprisingly, were the only band worth watching. With their overall performance echoing that signature Royal Blood sound and a slightly softer Queens of the Stone Age shift coming in throughout a couple of tracks, Toreador really put on a show. The impeccable drumming from Rob Purkiss was captivating from the get-go and was never lost amongst the guitar-anthem style riffs that this band have mastered. The single ‘Hollow’ is a track that sums Toreador up in four minutes: an air guitar anthem, designed to suck the listener into the magic of the hypnotic drumming whilst guiding you into their world of rock.
Cupids were the next support band and are a four-piece from Manchester. Despite the set starting off almost- dare I say it- boring, Cupids showed some examples of talent by switching their instruments after each song. Coming from Manchester, home of The Stone Roses, Oasis and The Smiths, the bar is set high for any other bands breaking out from that area. Despite a slow start, Cupids’ set picked up towards the end. Single, ‘Good Things (Come to Those Who Wait)’ was the most listenable track of the night and put an alternative twist on their sound that seemed to be boring the audience to sleep. For a band with the potential to have been animated, glorious and something special, Cupids were just missing something. Until they have found that missing feature, they are just a Blossoms carbon copy.
The Amazons were next and capture the rock style of Foo Fighters whilst combining some Tame Impala psychedelic hints. However, they were unable to reach any level of talent that those two bands have maintained. The crowd however, went mental for this Reading four-piece, with an eruption of teenagers slamming into each other breaking out almost immediately to the remastered Foo Fighters sound that had no real direction of its own. It was as if the audience were watching a whole different set. With no real rock attitude coming across, shoes polished and their playing being so tight it almost seemed over-rehearsed; The Amazons really embody that early school-band style. Their brand-new leather jackets combined with their perfectly combed hair stole the attention of all the young girls in the audience however, The Amazons need to put more time into their talent as opposed to their over worked image. ‘Black Magic’ still sent the place into a frenzy after the fast-paced opening songs ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Ultraviolet’, despite the song lacking in direction and being too full of noise as opposed to good lyrical structure. With The Amazons at times sounding too much like a Sundra Karma copy combined with some guitar solos randomly placed in, they really didn’t live up to the name they created for themselves a few months ago. Their live show was disappointing which was surprising, as their debut album isn’t as awful as they show they put on. But for a band that claim to be rock, “try-hard boyband” sprung more to mind.