The Amazons released tour dates to go with the release of their latest album ‘How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me?’, and found themselves in Glasgow on a rainy Sunday. Walking into the venue, the first thing you see when you get to the stage is the massive window as their back screen which was behind the drums, which was a replica of the window on the artwork for their new album.
Alternative band Daytime TV and Scottish local band, were the support act, thanks to The Amazons partnering up with the BBC Music Introducing, to allow local bands support in their home shows. Daytime TV also known as ‘Hunter and the Bear’ had previously supported bands such as Two Door Cinema Club and The Wombats, so to see local bands supporting some of my favourite artists of the past is quite nostalgic and gives me hope for them in the future.
The first track on ‘HWIKIHWFM’ is ‘How Will I Know?’, this is the song they started with on the night, it’s quite an emotional song and the whole album is quite tame compared to their older music which is heavier. Even though the Amazons were touring their latest album, they were still playing classics that everybody knew and would sing along to. This was a win in my eyes watching this gig as I did not know many songs off of their new album.
They played Night Driving, one of their songs from 2016, but as an acoustic version. It was nice to see all their long time fans sing a song from the past. I enjoyed listening to that version as I had only heard the regular version. After they played this song with the acoustic touch, it really calmed down the crowd and set the scene for the next song. Matt Thomson, lead singer, talked about how much the band loved the next song they were about to play, and started to sing ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’ by ‘Travis’. This excited the crowd and allowed for a deeper connection as they were singing a famous Scottish song.
At the end of their set, they played their encore with Bloodrush being the final song, or so we thought. The members of the band came back on stage and asked if they could jam with us (the crowd), they then began a medley of songs which included Bulls on Parade, Iron Man, Wild Thing medley and Helter Skelter. I couldn’t believe what I was watching, it was such a fun and engaging way to connect with the audience. I have never experienced a band just jam with the crowd at the end of a concert before, and I will never forget it!