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Amber Run


When a band’s fourth and fifth ever gigs are playing at Reading And Leeds Festival, something special is going on. That much is obvious within moments of hearing Amber Run, who wowed the startled crowds at the festival, where they were on at the same time as Deftones and Bastille. There’s a communal spirit to the band’s music, evident in future festival anthems like new single Heaven and the shivering Spark.

It feeds into their philosophy that music should be shared by as many people as possible. “It’s good to have a community,” says guitarist Will Jones. Singer Joe Keogh adds: “If you can bring music you love to a different audience, then why not try to help?”

“Above everything else, we want to be seen as a live band,” emphasises intense frontman Joe. “You can spend weeks getting a song right in the studio, but you’ve got to be able to perform it. Seeing a great live band feels even more genuine than a brilliant album.”
Amber Run’s enthusiasm for spreading great music extends to compiling a weekly Spotify playlist. Its selections highlight the clash of musical influences which inform the surprising textures and rhythms underpinning their songs.
“Our Spotify playlist is always a ridiculous mix. It goes from hardcore metal to drum & bass,” drummer Felix Archer smiles.
Which doesn’t mean the five members, all aged 20, are seeking to be obscure for the sake of it. “Our songs are anthemic rock mixed with cinematic post-rock,” explains Joe. “I do have a pop sensibility, because no-one can understand what you’re trying to say otherwise, and you need people to get what it is you’re trying to transmit. As a lyricist, I’m learning how individual words and syllables can change the whole tone of a song.”

Amber Run are determined to take their music as far as it can go, with debut single Noah having earned airplay from Zane Lowe on Radio 1. But for now they’re planning their debut album with producers Mike Crossey and Sam Winfield. Crossey is the established name behind albums for Foals, Jake Bugg and The 1975, while Winfield is a young peer of the band who produced Noah.

Joe explains: “Catchy pop-rock songs are our bread and butter, but we want to develop. The progression in our songwriting from six months ago is alarming. We want to make an incredible debut, of course, but we want to be in a different place by the third album. It’ll be an album that’s great, but also showing where we can progress.”

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Date City Venue
23.06.17 -
DE - Neuhausen ob Eck Southside Festival
23.06.17 -
DE - Scheeßel Hurricane Festival
DE - Hamburg MS Dockville
DE - Frankfurt Zoom
DE - Berlin Musik & Frieden
DE - Hamburg Knust
DE - Köln Gebäude 9
DE - München Strom
DE - Marbachstausee Odenwald Beerfelden Sound Of The Forest Festival
DE - Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival - Uebel & Gefährlich

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