The Amateurs (band)

The Amateurs are an indie rock band formed in and around Birmingham, England. They released their debut EP "Homesick" in March 2009, which was championed by Kerrang! Radio, who had supported the band since awarding them ‘Best Unsigned Song of 2007'.[1]

The Amateurs
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresIndie rock
Years active2007–present
WebsiteThe Amateurs Official Website
MembersMatthew Colley
Andrew Fletcher
Alex Wesley
Past membersRichard Oliver
Marcus Jones
Jimmy Holliday

Their debut release "Homesick" has received mixed reviews including ‘Single of the Week’ on[2]

The band were awarded a slot at Leeds Festival in 2009 by Oxfam.[3][4]

In April 2010 The Amateurs were selected from thousands of European acts to be "The Sound of Bamboo", a product launched by Wacom. Their second single "Saturday Night" accompanies the Bamboo television advertisement.[5][6][7]

After playing a series of shows with Eliza Doolittle (singer) at some of Scotland's Universities in October 2010,[8] the band released more material in the form of third single "Hole In My Soul" on 6 December 2010, followed by their debut music video and most successful single to date "The Rebel". The James Bond inspired video was directed by Chris Stone, "The Rebel" became the band's fourth single and was released on 31 January 2011.[9]


  1. ^ "Kerrang! Radio". Kerrang! Radio. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Inthenews". Internet News Site. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  3. ^ "BBC Introducing". BBC. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Oxfam". Oxfam. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Social Media release". Wacom Europe. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Wacom Europe GmbH". Wacom Europe. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Amateurs turn in professional performance to win contest". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Eliza Doolittle with support from The Amateurs". University of St Andrews Students Association. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Amateurs Join Video Age". Newsquest. Retrieved 14 March 2011.

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