The Amazon’s self titled debut back in 2017 asserted the band as one to watch. A rocky safe place that did what it said on the tin and birthed an immediate fan base. However, the band’s second album ‘Future Dust’ sees them step out of this place of safety, stepping into a new pair of shoes which are even heavier, yet also bluesy.
‘Mother’ offers a strong start. It’s loud and punchy and everything we want from the band. Sounding almost like some sort of love-child of Royal Blood and Rival Sons, I almost wished they’d placed it later in the track-list despite it being a gorgeous start. Thomson’s moody vocals ripple through the heavily measured guitar like a dream. It has the same charm of ‘Black Magic’ which put the band on the map.
As a gig lover, one of the things I always consider is how an album will translate live. Having seen the band live two years back, ‘Future Dust’ will suit their high energy sets perfectly. ‘Fuzzy Tree’ is the closest nod to their debut that can be found on the album. It’s deliciously heavy and will undoubtedly be a front runner when performed live. ‘All Over Town’ has a chanty quality to it which you can almost already hear the crowd singing back.
‘25’ showcases the bands changing direction which is more bluesy than anything else. It has a groove which your head won’t shake for hours. ‘End of Wonder’ sees a distinct change in subject-matter. The track seemingly explores the issue of eating disorders, and offers a level of intimacy with the band which we haven’t seen before: ‘You were caught in the middle, you were caught in the fray / But your mind is deceiving, you were wasting away’. There is a sense of pleading in Thomson’s tone which makes ‘End of Wonder’ a real hard hitter and showcases a newfound level of openness which comes with their second album.
‘Doubt It’ is a firm front runner. The backing vocals affirm this blues influence, coupled with a heavy chorus which is undeniably The Amazons we have known all along. Closing track ‘Georgia’, however, throws a complete curveball. It’s almost almost sounds like a baby rock classic with guitar which sings just as much as Thomson.
Overall, ‘Future Dust’ is a good album. It shows a progression and maturity which gives the band a seriousness which extends beyond their debut. Although verging on repetitive at times, The Amazons are successful in showcasing their progressive change in direction, whilst retaining an identity which would see you recognise their tracks on the radio straight away.