Amplifier are a three piece rock band from Manchester and will be playing The Fleece in Bristol as part of their 2011 tour.
With a sound that draws as much from post-rock’s modernity as it does from the classic space rock grooves of the past, Amplifier’s resurgence into the music scene with 2011’s ‘The Octopus’ was not just a celebratory success story of sticking it to ‘the man’, but testament to the dogged determination that drives this unique Mancunian trio ever onwards. In the near 14 years of their existence, Amplifier have suffered from more than their fair share of the kind of pitfalls that the music industry can throw at a band, defiantly stuck two fingers up to the perceived manner of doing business and set about creating their own music for themselves and their fans. For an alternative band unafraid to toy with rock conventions, it was a steadfastly punk rock way of doing their own business.
Amplifier – Planet of Insects
There is something heroic about Amplifier’s embrace
- The Times 4/5 Lead Review
‘The Octopus’ is a beast of kraken-esque size and magnificence
- Kerrang! KKKK
A sprawling double album of epic soundscapes. A hugely impressive triumph of self-belief
- Metal Hammer
‘The Octopus’ is an album for others’ material to be compared to not only in 2011, but for many more years to come
An album that embraces the past but is unafraid of the future, as well as one that is entirely self-produced and mixed, serves as proof that, perhaps, the death of the record label is a good thing
- 8/10 – Drowned In Sound
If you like your riffs loud, your solos frequent and your time signatures jumpy, ‘The Octopus’ is exactly what you’re after
- 9/10 – Rocksound
Amplifier have set standards high
- 6/6 – Thrash Hits