The Love Zombies and The Amorettes hit the road across the UK together on a co-headline tour of epic proportions.
The last time we saw the Love Zombies‘ Hollis J, she was fronting Hey Hello opening for The Wildhearts in 2015. However, after a short spell with Ginger Wildheart and company, Hollis returned to the fray with the Love Zombies to record their latest album, Passionfruit under the supervision of ex-Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures man, Alain Johannes.
As soon as the Love Zombies take the stage, they immediately grab your attention. Their high energy set of euphoric pop punk captivates the crowd who can hardly take their eyes of the band. Lead singer Hollis J has stage presence in abundance and connects with the room instantly.
The band deliver tracks like “Oblivion” and their only ballad “Lighten Up” from their latest offering alongside old favourites like the incredibly infectious “International Bug”. The Love Zombies finish their set with “Who The Fuck Are They?” and it almost feels as if they set is over too quick, the room left wanting more, they are sure to be a hit when their latest album gets a full release next year.
But now it’s time for The Amorettes who make a welcome return to the North East of England following their recent show in the city with The Treatment earlier this year. The band takes to the stage with all guns blazing and it doesn’t take long for the room to get hot and sweaty as the band launch into the hard rocking “Stealing Thunder” from their new album, White Hot Heat.
Old favourites like “Get What’s Comin'”, “Hot and Heavy” and “Bull By The Horns” from the band’s last album, Game On have the crowd hanging on every word. Although tonight is largely about the band’s latest record with as many as eight tracks from the album included in their set tonight.
With The Amorette’s newest material, it appears their sound has matured and evolved. Tracks like the fist pumping “Batter Up”, and the incredibly catchy “Man Meat” which features some nice backing vocals from Heather McKay, and the anthemic “White Russian Roulette” each stand out in the set.
The Amorettes don’t slow down the pace at any point. Gill Montgomery delivers some crunchy guitar riffs which are complimented perfectly by the pounding rhythm section of sisters Hannah (drums) and Heather McKay (bass). The band bring the night to a close with the epic “Eyes on the Prize” from their latest album.
Tonight the Newcastle rock fraternity witnessed two of the hottest up-and-coming bands and none left disappointed.