Read­ing rock­ers draw a line un­der their de­but for char­ity

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives - JAMES HICKIE

“This is our last head­line show in the UK ever,” teases The Amazons’ singer/ gui­tarist Matt Thom­son. He’s jok­ing, of course; this is ac­tu­ally the last of their head­line shows in sup­port of the quar­tet’s self-ti­tled de­but be­fore they head off to pen “songs that weren’t writ­ten when we were 18 years old”. This fi­nal head­lin­ing bow is a spe­cial one: part of the War Child BRITS Week to­gether with O2, which also finds Deaf Havana play­ing in a church. Tonight’s venue is like an in­ti­mate ball­room, al­beit one with peel­ing decor, as if it’s been ly­ing dor­mant for decades. The band stand­ing on its stage cer­tainly have a fresh­ness that jux­ta­poses with the vin­tage feel, how­ever. The scuzzy, loose-limbed likes of Burn My Eyes and Lit­tle Some­thing show lit­tle in the way of fa­tigue de­spite ex­ten­sive tour­ing, save for some wear and tear in Matt’s voice. “Keep on sup­port­ing War Child, and keep on sup­port­ing rock’n’roll,” he signs off, after a grand­stand­ing Junk Food For­ever, hav­ing led 75 min­utes of de­li­cious tunes that pay im­pres­sive ser­vice to both. Clearly, The Amazons are in their prime.

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