Amaryllis have only been together for around a year, but in three weeks, the rapidly growing quintet from London will be embarking on their debut UK headline tour. They’re a very refreshing reminder that you don’t have to be Paramore, We Are The In Crowd or Tonight Alive to be a successful female-fronted band in the alternative rock/pop scene. Back in January, they released their three track debut EP, an absolute masterpiece that shows off the whole range of the genre.
The first track, Vixen, has a guitar intro that seems to mimic You Me At Six’s Save It For The Bedroom, before bringing in a drum beat that wouldn’t be out of place in a Pierce the Veil track. The song turns slightly heavier for a while, before levelling out to a mix of Paramore and Sleeping with Sirens – not surprisingly, a song that figures out at a combination of four bands so well known is an immense way to start off an EP. Oh, and throw in a breakdown that moves the song into a Bring Me The Horizon style finish, and you’ve got an absolute beast of a track.
Little White Lies – probably one of the most overused song titles, ever. A rough, heavy guitar intro combines incredibly with a notch more ferocious vocals, challenging “why don’t you finish what you started? / You can’t hold me down”. The backing vocals shout responses, which become more prominent towards the end of the track, where the song slips into a more post-hardcore genre. Such clever lyrics, so different from the first song, yet still so impressive.
The last track, Between The Lines, has a longer intro, showing off a slower song. The song picks up though, and for me, the guitar work stands out more than anything here, complimenting the pacey drums perfectly. Sounds just like a nice mix of Paramore’s latest two albums. Basically, sounds blummin’ lovely.
To carry on the tour countdown, next week, I’ll be having a chat to the band pre-tour!
Their next gig will be at The Square in Harlow on September 12th, but if you can’t make that, you can download the EP for free from this page, and tour dates are listed below.
2nd October – Cardiff, Moon Club
3rd October – Bristol, Exchange
5th October – Brighton, The Haunt
8th October – London, 02 Academy2 Islington
9th October – Norwich, B2
10th October – Birmingham, The Rainbow
12th October – Manchester, Fac251
13th October – Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
14th October – Newcastle, The Other Rooms
Tickets are only £6 and are available at:
Rating – 4/5
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