Reading rockers draw a line under their debut for charity
“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.