Live: AMBER RUN // Roundhouse, London
Following the release of their third studio album, Philophobia, Amber Run took on London’s iconic Roundhouse as the final stop on their UK tour.
Setting out to ‘have fun’ on this Saturday night, as frontman Joe Keogh puts it, the band clearly had something special in store for us.
The ascending piano notes of Neon Circus rising into a contrastingly riff-heavy track kicked off the night, giving us an early taste of the heavier side of the indie rock trio. The set also featured songs across their entire repertoire, such as Stranger, 5AM, and Carousel. Not too long after his band opened the show, Stereo Honey’s frontman Pete resumed the stage, joining Keogh for a duet of Affection. In a heartfelt prologue, Keogh then explained that the emotional Amen was written in the wake of his grandfather’s passing. The band knew how to finish strong, saving their early hits Noah and Spark for the end, finally closing with a three-song encore of Haze, I Found, and No Answers.
The lack of movement on stage saved for a few heavier songs dotted across the set was more than made up for by the way their voices were woven together in perfect harmony. Undoubtedly more an auditory feast than a visual one, Amber Run‘s show was one to remember.
Photos: Abigail Shii