AN INTERVIEW WITH…MATT THOMSON (THE AMAZONS)

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THE AMAZONS play Newcastle’s Think Tank? 5/2/16

The Amazons are a strange band in the sense that they have a raw sound that still sounds massively atmospheric.

The Reading quartet play melodic rock and blend it into a grunge punk sound. Their local BBC Introducing Berkshire has already backed them, along with Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and Huw Stephens hyping them.

Their Don’t You Wanna EP was released last year and hosts the likes of Junk Food Forever and Something In The Water.

Halfway through their UK tour, The Amazons are gaining fans by the day. These intimate shows combined with performances at last years Reading and Leeds Festival, Barn On The Farm and Dot To Dot Festival are putting the band’s names on the lips of plenty around the country.

Ahead of their show at Newcastle’s Think Tank? I briefly talked to front-man Matt Thomson about what to expect from the rest of the tour.

The tour is a really good run of dates. How are you feeling about that?

“Really excited to be back on the road again! We’ve played a couple of shows this year already and have settled into a rhythm. It’ll be nice to play again in good music cities like Newcastle and Glasgow but also fun to visit some places off of the beaten circuit too.”

Which date of the tour are you most looking forward to?

“We’ve heard loads of great things about King Tuts in Glasgow so we’re looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.”

Have you got any fond memories of Newcastle?

“My dad is from Stanley, so I have loads of great memories growing up visiting family in the area. A trip into Newcastle was always on the cards.”

What can fans expect from your live performance?

“A lot of sweat, a lot of hair, a lot of fun. We really go for it, there isn’t a lot of staring at our shoes or anything.”

Which bands will be soundtracking your journey around the UK?

“Queens of the Stone Age, Tame Impala, really like the new Foals record. Our label-mates Palace are also awesome, great chilled out guitar music for after the shows.”

What is the plan for after the tour?

“To release some music I hope! Not sure yet on a date, but it’s all recorded and the wheels are turning as we speak.”

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THE AMAZONS full list of UK tour dates

Get tickets for the last few gigs at www.theamazons.co.uk

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