Reading rockers The Amazons took to the stage at Portsmouth Pyramids as part of the current tour in support of their self-titled debut album. The venue quickly filled with fans of all ages, who chanted the band’s name the moment the lights went out. The band kicked off their setlist with album opener Stay With Me, which energized the crowd and had everyone singing along.
They gave an airing to much of the album including Burn My Eyes, Holy Roller and fan favourite Nightdriving. Theresa Jarvis of support band Yonaka joined lead singer Matt Thomson in a duet of one of their most popular songs, In My Mind.
The band were on top form, with opportunities to show off their individual talents with solos, including an impressive drum solo from Joe Emmett, which was well received by the crowd.
Closing the first part of their set was another clear favourite with catchy guitar riffs, Black Magic, which was mashed-up with older release Millions before ending with a massive instrumental finale with the band all crowded round the drummer.
The band’s encore included the stripped back Palace which showed off Thomson’s vocals and piano skills before performing their final song, the upbeat and catchy Junk Food Forever.
The Amazons gave an electric live show, interacting with one another on stage and engaging the audience throughout. A storming performance from a band that more than justifies their considerable hype.
Review & photos: Phoebe Reeks