Amber Run
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Background information
OriginNottingham, England
Genres
Years active2012–present
LabelsRCA Records, Sony Music Entertainment
Members
  • Joshua Keogh
  • Tom Sperring
  • Henry Wyeth
Past members
  • Felix Archer
  • Will Jones
Websitewww.amber-run.com

Amber Run is a British indie rock band from Nottingham, UK composed of Joshua "Joe" Keogh, Tom Sperring, and Henry Wyeth. The band have released three full-length albums. three mini-albums and five EPs. Initially called Amber, they later changed their name to avoid conflict with the German dance-pop singer of same name.[2]

History

Formation

Joshua Keogh, Tom Sperring and Will Jones were originally friends from Buckinghamshire at Dr Challoner's Grammar School where they played in an alt rock band. With Felix Archer from the same area and Wyeth from Kent, they met while studying at University of Nottingham.[3] They all studied for degrees in Humanities and Law, but abandoned their studies in second year to focus on the band.[2] Keogh initially performed under his own name and started to get 'a bit of momentum [so] we sat down and jammed out one day and there was something about it. It was so much better than what I was doing solo, so we started a band'.[2]

Thanks to local BBC presenter Dean Jackson the band featured on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival in 2013 was only the fourth show the band played.[4] Their presence attracted a number of A&R men to the show and after a few weeks of negotiating the band signed to RCA.[2]

2014–2015: Noah and debut album

On 14th February 2014, they released their first EP, Noah, which consisted of 4 songs. Two months later, after supporting Kodaline on their March 2014 tour,[5] they released their second EP, titled Spark, on 18th April 2014.[6] Their third EP, Pilot, was released on 19th September 2014.[7]

In March 2014, the band announced they had been recording their debut album throughout January and February, with Mike Crossey and Sam Winfield, "who's in many ways the sixth member of our band".[5]

In July and August 2014 the band released videos for the single "I Found" and "Pilot", respectively, that are a duology. Speaking to LeftLion Magazine in December 2014, they explained: "We were already discussing what to do with it [I Found]; it's not a song that screams "single" but we wanted to release it in some form. Releasing it with "Pilot" just seemed to be a good method to bring attention to the whole EP, and doing something creative with the videos is a bit more interesting. Linking the videos gives you more scope... [to] expand the storyline past three and a half minutes."[8]

On 1st December 2014, Amber Run announced their new single, "Just My Soul Responding". The song was confirmed as the lead single taken from the band's upcoming debut. In regards to their debut album, frontman Joshua Keogh said the "album is done and we've signed it off. Now it's deciding the best time to get them out"[3] The video for "Just My Soul Responding" was uploaded on 18th December 2014.[9] The single was released on 5th January 2015.[10]

Their debut album, 5am was released on 20th April 2015.[11] Felix Archer departed the band in early 2016. On 15th April 2016, the band released a new single "Haze".[12]

2016-2018: For a Moment, I Was Lost and The Assembly

In 2016, the band released "Stranger" as the first single from their second album, For a Moment, I Was Lost.[13] A second single titled "Perfect" was released in February 2017.[14] The album was released digitally on 10th February, with a physical release scheduled for 17th March.[15][16] Later, the band released two singles, titled "The Weight" and "Heaven is a Place" on 16th March 2018 and 13th April 2018 respectively. On 11th May 2018, The Assembly was released as an EP, which contained the two aforementioned singles and another, titled "Amen." Another rendition of Amen was released as part of the EP which featured London Contemporary Voices.

2019 - present: Philophobia, unplugged EP, mini-album trilogy and How to Be Human (2023)

Between November 2018 and September 2019, Amber Run released five singles, "Carousel", "Affection", "Neon Circus", "The Darkness Has a Voice" and "What Could Be as Lonely as Love", preceding the release of their third album, Philiophobia, on 27th September 2019. On 26th June 2020, they released an unplugged EP, featuring 6 songs from Philophobia. On 4th November 2021, they released a new mini-album, The Search (Act I), the first in a trilogy of mini-albums that would be released throughout the following year. The Start (Act II), the second in the trilogy, was released on 3rd June 2022. On 22nd July, a new single, "Cradle" was released, followed by "Funeral" on September 2nd, concluding with the release of the third and final mini-album in the trilogy, The Hurt (Act III) on November 2nd. Following this release, Amber Run announced that their upcoming full-length album, How to Be Human, is scheduled for release in Spring 2023, with a coinciding UK tour running between 13th - 20th April 2023.

Members

  • Joshua Keogh – vocals, guitar
  • Tom Sperring – bass guitar
  • Henry Wyeth – keys

Former Members

  • Will Jones - guitar
  • Felix Archer - drums

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
UK
[17]
5am36
For a Moment, I Was Lost
  • Released: 10 February 2017
  • Label: Easy Life Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
49
Philophobia
  • Released: 27 September 2019
  • Label: Easy Life Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
--

Extended plays

TitleDetails
Noah
  • Released: 14 February 2014
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Spark
  • Released: 18 April 2014
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Pilot
  • Released: 19 September 2014
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
Acoustic EP
  • Released: 21 September 2017
  • Label: Easy Life Records
  • Format: Digital download
The Assembly
  • Released: 11 May 2018
  • Label: Easy Life Records
  • Format: CD, digital download

Singles

TitleYearCertificationsAlbum
"Noah"20135am
"Heaven"
"Spark"2014
"I Found"
"Just My Soul Responding"2015
"Haze"[12]2016For a Moment, I Was Lost
"Stranger"
"No Answers"
"Fickle Game"2017
"Carousel"2018Philophobia
52 Blue2021

References

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  2. ^ a b c d Staff Writer (5 December 2013). "Green light for Amber run at pop success". Notthingham Post. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b Nottingham Post (1 October 2014). ""We get grief for saying we're a Nottingham band" – Amber Run". nottinghampost.com. Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Amber Run". BBC Music.
  5. ^ a b IAmMusicTV (26 March 2014). "Amber Run chat about going on tour with Kodaline & music in the East Midlands such as Jake Bugg". iammusic.tv. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  6. ^ "iTunes – Music – Spark – EP by Amber Run". iTunes. 18 April 2014.
  7. ^ "iTunes – Music – Pilot EP by Amber Run". iTunes. 19 September 2014.
  8. ^ Blakemore, Penny. "Amber Run - LeftLion". www.leftlion.co.uk. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Just My Soul Responding". VEVO.
  10. ^ "iTunes – Music – Just My Soul Responding – Single by Amber Run". iTunes. 12 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Amber Run Home Page".
  12. ^ a b "Haze - Single by Amber Run". iTunes. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  13. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (20 October 2016). "Amber Run unveil their intense video for 'Stranger' - premiere". The Independent. Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  14. ^ Cuellar, Naty (8 February 2017). "[LISTEN] Amber Run – "Perfect"". The Daily Listening. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  15. ^ janette (8 February 2017). "Amber Run 'Perfect'". Girl Underground Music. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  16. ^ "For a Moment, I Was Lost by Amber Run on Apple Music". iTunes. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  17. ^ "AMBER RUN". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  18. ^ Gallup (4 February 1989). "The Top of the Pops Chart" (PDF). Record Mirror: 4. Retrieved 16 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 15 January 2021.

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