Live review: The Amazons - Dingwalls 12/04/17

Situated in the heart of Camden Town, Dingwalls is an intimate venue shrouded in a very special feeling. It seems fitting then that Reading four-piece The Amazons are the latest band to step up to the iconic stage, one that so many music legends have taken to before them.

Tonight's crowd is extremely industry-heavy, with younger fans piling themselves against the stage with a lack of barriers to separate them from their idols.

Cardiff natives, Estrons pave the way for the main act to take over from with a fiery, amped up set that warms the swiftly swelling crowd. Their 2015 breakthrough single 'Make A Man' garners a triumphant response and leaves a lasting impression that their power grunge pop is certainly going to see them do well. 

The sense of occasion surrounding tonight's sold out gig is palpable and standing room in the venue soon becomes rammed. After a short break, The Amazons take to the stage and kick proceedings off with the storming cut 'Black Magic'. 

An uncontrollable sense of euphoria immediately spreads to every corner of the venue and it clicks into place exactly why the band have seen such a huge surge in popularity in such a short space of time. 

Flame-haired frontman Matt Thompson keeps the buzz alive throughout the entirety of their set and delivers impressive amounts of energy. He plays with so much passion and so hard that he accidentally whacks a fan in the face with his Les Paul guitar at one point. "I'm really sorry man," he apologies to the fan who is already rigged out in the band's merch, before offering him another t-shirt. 

There's no hint of tiredness once from the quartet and as the familiar notes of live set staples 'Little Something' and 'In My Mind' ring out; the crowd go absolutely berserk. Choosing to close their set with the ultimate crowd-pleaser, 'Junk Food Forever', the band bow out as the crowd are left chanting the defining chords of the tune before returning for a well-deserved victory lap. 

The Amazons are a band who take every new step in their stride and tonight's gig offered an exciting window into the future of a band who are consistently improving. With their debut album due for release in May, the transition to bigger stages doesn't feel so far off. Dingwalls was the final hurdle for them to conquer; now Brixton is calling. 

Words Lauren Wade

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