Amber Run is a British indie rock band from Nottingham, 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.[1]



Joshua Keogh, Tom Sperring, and Will Jones were originally friends from Buckinghamshire at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, where they played in an alternative rock band. With Felix Archer from the same area and Henry Wyeth from Kent, they met while studying at the University of Nottingham.[2] They all studied for degrees in humanities and law but abandoned their studies in the second year to focus on the band.[1] 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".[1]

Thanks to local BBC presenter Dean Jackson, the band featured on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival in 2013—only the fourth show the band had ever played.[3] Their presence attracted a number of A&R people to the show, and after a few weeks of negotiating, the band signed to RCA.[1]

2014–2015: Noah and debut album

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

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".[4]

In July and August 2014, the group released videos for the singles "I Found" and "Pilot", respectively. 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."[7]

On 1 December 2014, Amber Run announced the release of "Just My Soul Responding". The song was confirmed as the lead single from their upcoming debut album, in regards to which frontman Keogh said, "[the] album is done and we've signed it off. Now it's deciding the best time to get them out".[2] The video for "Just My Soul Responding" was uploaded on 18 December 2014,[8] and the single was released on 5 January 2015.[9]

The band's debut album, 5am, was issued on 20 April 2015.[10] Felix Archer departed the band in early 2016. On 15 April 2016, the band released a new single, "Haze".[11]

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

In 2016, Amber Run released "Stranger" as the first single from their second album, For a Moment, I Was Lost.[12] A second single, titled "Perfect", came out in February 2017.[13] The album was published digitally on 10 February, with a physical release occurring on 17 March.[14][15] Later, the band put out two singles, "The Weight" and "Heaven Is a Place", on 16 March 2018 and 13 April 2018, respectively. On 11 May 2018, The Assembly was released as an EP, containing the two aforementioned singles and another, titled "Amen", with a second rendition that featured London Contemporary Voices.

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

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 28 September 2019. On 26 June 2020, they issued an unplugged EP, featuring six songs from Philophobia. On 4 November 2021, they published 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) came out on 3 June 2022. On 22 July, a new single, "Cradle" was put out, followed by "Funeral" on 2 September, concluding with the release of the third and final mini-album in the trilogy, The Hurt (Act III), on 2 November. Following this, Amber Run announced that their upcoming full-length album, How to Be Human, would come out in April 2023, with a coinciding UK tour running between 13 and 20 April 2023.[citation needed]

Band members


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


  • Will Jones – guitar
  • Felix Archer – drums


Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
For a Moment, I Was Lost
  • Released: 10 February 2017
  • Label: Easy Life Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
  • Released: 27 September 2019
  • Label: Easy Life Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
How to Be Human
  • Released: 23 February 2023
  • Label: Tripel
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download


  • Released: 14 February 2014
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: 18 April 2014
  • Label: RCA, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
  • 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


"I Found"
"Just My Soul Responding"2015
"Haze"[11]2016For a Moment, I Was Lost
"No Answers"
"Fickle Game"2017
52 Blue2021


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b Nottingham Post (1 October 2014). ""We get grief for saying we're a Nottingham band" – Amber Run". Archived from the original on 4 October 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Amber Run". BBC Music.
  4. ^ a b IAmMusicTV (26 March 2014). "Amber Run chat about going on tour with Kodaline & music in the East Midlands such as Jake Bugg". Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  5. ^ "iTunes – Music – Spark – EP by Amber Run". iTunes. 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ "iTunes – Music – Pilot EP by Amber Run". iTunes. 19 September 2014.
  7. ^ Blakemore, Penny. "Amber Run – LeftLion". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Just My Soul Responding". VEVO.
  9. ^ "iTunes – Music – Just My Soul Responding – Single by Amber Run". iTunes. 12 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Amber Run Home Page".
  11. ^ a b "Haze – Single by Amber Run". iTunes. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Cuellar, Naty (8 February 2017). "[LISTEN] Amber Run – "Perfect"". The Daily Listening. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  14. ^ janette (8 February 2017). "Amber Run 'Perfect'". Girl Underground Music. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  15. ^ "For a Moment, I Was Lost by Amber Run on Apple Music". iTunes. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Amber Run". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  17. ^ Gallup (4 February 1989). "The Top of the Pops Chart" (PDF). Record Mirror: 4. Retrieved 16 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 15 January 2021.

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