The Amazons have shared ‘Ultraviolet’, a fan favourite from their brilliant self-titled debut album – and you can listen to it now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
‘Ultraviolet’ signposts the band’s arena-filling potential with insistent melody, an anthemic holler-along hook and explosive dynamic shifts. Lyrically it’s immediately relatable too, with frontman Matt Thomson exploring the yearning and confusion which accompanies young love.
The Amazons’ – Matt Thomson, Chris Alderton, Elliot Briggs and Joe Emmett – self-titled debut smashed into the album charts at #8 earlier this summer. It also reached #6 on the vinyl album chart and is the highest charting debut British rock album of the year so far.
This year started in style for the young Reading-based quartet as they became the most hotly-tipped guitar band of 2017 according to Music Week. That flying start was extended with continuing support from Radio 1, a debut performance on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ and the backing of a wide range of print and online media. The Amazons couldn’t be ignored.
The track’s parent album includes the punk ‘n’ roll rush of opener ‘Stay With Me’, the playful rhythmic drive that underpins ‘Black Magic’, and the foreboding grunge of ‘Little Something’. Elsewhere, ‘Burn My Eyes’ recalls both Husker Du and Biffy Clyro with its cocktail of visceral aggression and melodic intent, while ‘Raindrops’ showcases Thomson’s emotive vocal delivery. The album comes to surprise conclusion with the lighters-aloft piano ballad ‘Palace’ which demonstrates another angle to band away from their fiery wall of sound.
Their first headline tour of the year was entirely sold-out and their festival scheduled has extended from Glastonbury and BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend at home to dates all across the rest of Europe. A big moment for the band is set to come with a homecoming set on the Festival Republic Stage at the Reading Festival. The Amazons’ previous Reading Festival performance on the BBC Introducing Stage represented a turning point for the band as local fans and newcomers alike were spilling out of the tent in order to catch their set.