I was ridiculously excited to see AMiTY play last night. Mostly because her music is an incredible mix of instruments and sounds accompanied by a beautiful voice. But also, a little bit because the gig was in an exclusive club in Mayfair and that’s exclusive and posh anyway because it’s the dark blue square on the monopoly board.
The society of the Golden Slippers showcased the event and introduced the one woman band onto the stage. Amy has an amazing presence when she performs and gradually builds up her intros recording bits of herself and adding in more and more instruments until it seems there’s a whole orchestra playing out of two speakers.
She started the set with my personal favourite song I Spy which has lovely lyrics. ‘I spy with my little eye, Something beginning with you and I.’ It makes me want to find the woman of my dreams and serenade her with it holding roses and teddy bears.
Everyone sings along to Womaniser. It’s an instinctive thing to do because you can relate to the lyrics easily. If you’ve had a few tequilas you will actually think the song is about your ex and wonder how Amy knows how much of a bitch she was. Her accent isn’t lost in her music and it’s funny to see people sing along and say certain words like ‘up’ or ‘better’ in a Wolverhampton way.
For you is a song I think should be in a film where the main character has some life changing decision to make involving a love affair or a tortoise. Her voice fills the room and she adapts to the surroundings she’s in whether she’s performing in a little intimate venue or a big stage show where screaming girls fling presents and underwear at her.
She talked a little through her set. Thanking the audience for coming she swigged her champagne and agreed with me about the grandness of the whole place, even saying she’d bought new shoes just for the occasion. The room erupted when she played Bedpost and had the audience tapping along to the catchy beat with any object that was near; feet, glasses, belt buckles, spoons.
Everything she sings is captivating and after one gig you’ll find yourself singing a medley of her songs at breakfast thinking that yes ‘The lights ARE on and there IS no one home.’ She’s a unique performer and you really haven’t seen anyone mix together a Ucayali, a kazoo, the sound of hitting a box and managing to pull together a song that you would play at your wedding.
The EP I Spy is available for download now.