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In this age of manufactured bands and ready-made pop stars, Amor are an increasingly rare phenomenon. Since early 2001, they have been establishing themselves on the live music scene, not only as considerably skilled musicians, but also as purveyors of great songs in a style, which is uniquely theirs. Such has been their progress that front man Jon Amor's previous exploits in UK blues band The Hoax have quickly become a distant memory.
As the 21st century dawned, Jon joined forces with a formidable rhythm section in the shape of bassist Mat Beable and drummer Wayne Proctor, and together they fused his distinctive and widely recognized guitar style with fresh, contemporary grooves and samples to be showcased on their eponymous debut album, released in the Spring of 2001. The album was greeted with great critical acclaim:
The band followed up this release with a constant touring schedule that took them all over the UK and Europe, and included appearances at numerous summer festivals, and opening shows for Gary Moore and John Mayall among others. In June 2002 the band made a triumphant appearance at the Glastonbury Festival ("Amor rock like hell" - Official Glastonbury Review; "The best guitar playing of the weekend" - Amplifier Magazine, USA) before returning to the studio to begin work on their brand new album 'Even After That'.
"Even After That" was released in November 2002 and this has been met, once again, with critical acclaim, and this proves that over a relatively short period of time Amor have grown considerably. This shows that there is evidence that Amor's growing character and songwriting maturity, and with Jon Amor's distinctive voice sounding more confident than ever it is another giant step towards establishing the AMOR SOUND in the public's consciousness.
Journalists all over Europe have praised the band, both live and in the studio, and have compared the band to many major chart selling acts such as Paul Weller, Beck, Gomez and Moby as well as the contemporary blues greats such as Cream, and early Led Zeppelin.
On stage, the band continues to excite audiences worldwide, now even more so with the addition of guitarist Mark Evans to the line-up. The new-look 4-piece AMOR will be supporting their new release with relentless touring and further appearances at major festivals throughout this year, as well as enhancing their reputation in Europe with extensive tours and national TV and radio appearances.
Amor are here to stay, maintaining the musical roots of our nation.
JON AMOR "Brave
As You Are" 4Track CD EP Manhatton
Having thrown away the loops and effects for this 4 track EP, Amor is suddenly Jon Amor - the same band but with a slightly new approach..
All four tracks deal with the doomy end of relationships, but the upside is that the band has worked hard on their songs. "You Should Be Alone" is the most accessible effort, while the title track rewards repeated listening, especially with its Beatlesque descending chords structure. Overall this is a fine effort, with only an occasional thin vocal line failing to make the mark.
On the impressive "Sweep The Room", there's a clever sense of tension, (broken only by a weird chord change in the fourth verse), but this is neatly resolved by a climactic, guitar driven ending.
Like Ian Parker before him, Jon Amor seems intent on finding his own contemporary style, by going back to the essence of song writing. This EP release is a big step towards fulfilling that goal
NB Preferred the beach album cover myself boys.
Here are some audio clips from the
Brave As You Are EP:
|Brave As You Are|
|Sweep The Room|
Jon Amor was number 7 in the August 2004 Playlist
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Here are some quotes:
“An album that rocks with an edgy energy while never losing sight of
the bigger melodic picture. With an album this good, AMOR can plan for the year
ahead with more than cautious optimism”
- David Sinclair, The Times
“Amor should be ruling the British rootsy-rock roost.”
- Johnny Black, MOJO Magazine
“A band with masses of talent……. KKK”
- Album review, Kerrang
“Songs, which at times recall Prince, the Beatles, and even the soul-rock of INXS. Thrilling, this could be the start of something special?”
- Scott Rowley, Total guitar
“Utterly retro, in a thoroughly modern way.”
- The Guitar
“They rock like hell … The audiences collective gob was well and
- Glastonbury Festival Review
“Gives has-beens like Oasis, Gomez and Muse a lesson in concise, punchy,
melodic song writing.”
- Joe Cushley, Blues Matters
“Interesting lyrics and song structures, plus a stage act which can vary
between all-out-guitar mayhem and awe-filled silence. If you want something
that’s really different and really deserving of you’re attention,
check out AMOR.”
- LOGO Magazine
“Original and exciting. Amor’s latest outing will still be on you’re
deck way into the future.”
- Pete Sargeant, Blues Matters
“With a style that shoe-horns them comfortably between the Jon Spencer
Blues Explosion and Moby, with a reputation for breaking up the house at gigs.”
- John Clarke, The Times
“Anyone with a liking for a mixed bag of great tunes and grooves should
check this out now!” Album of the week.
- Grahame Rhodes, Your Time
“We’ve been waiting decades for a band to emerge from the UK blues-rock
ghetto and triumph in the mainstream. This is the band to do it.”
- Oliver Gray, Blues in Britain