Fast-rising UK rockers The Amazons have shared a docu-series on YouTube wherein they chronicle the making of their new album, Future Dust, which was released via Fiction Records on 24 May. You can check out the first part below, which includes footage of the band in the studio, recording overdubs and relaxing during downtime as well as images from the video for their single, ‘Mother’.
Prior to the release of Future Dust, the band also released the single, ‘Doubt It’ in April. “[‘Doubt It’] is about being on the edge of making a potentially stupid decision due to lust-induced blindness,” lead singer Matthew Thomson says of the song. “It addresses the lingering doubts, the residue of morals and succumbing to the temptations.”
The swaggering single also captures the band’s sudden ascent of the past two years. For their sophomore release Future Dust, The Amazons channel the frenetic energy of old blues and rock’n’roll while still blazing forward with songs that “explore issues including social media witch hunts, eating disorders and depression, but never lose sight of a singalong,” the official release promises.
“We were searching for a heavier sound and we found it by delving back through the blues,” Thomson furthers.
“From Led Zeppelin, we discovered Howlin’ Wolf and immersed ourselves in his back catalogue. I read Hellfire, the Jerry Lee Lewis biography, and fell in love with the Biblical language that was used to describe his ‘devil music’. As much as the songs, it was the stories and characters that we loved. Playing boogie-woogie piano in murky clubs sounds pretty tame now, but back then, it was raw and dangerous. We wanted to capture that with a dirtier, grittier, sexier sound.”
The band played a triumphant homecoming gig at Reading University last night, 27 May and they are playing a number of summer festival dates and the recently announced Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Middlesborough. Visit their official site for tickets and further information on all The Amazons’ live shows.