K‘Conventional’ is not a word that applies to The Amber Herd. Formed in Nottingham in 2007 and consisting of members from all over the country who independently all converged on the East Midlands, drawing on influences from thrash metal to traditional folk whilst bringing life to the kind of vivid pictures and swirling soundscapes that LSD was designed for, The Amber Herd are anything but ordinary
Headlining shows at major venues both at home and in London, BBC Radio Nottingham sessions, high profile support slots with the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, Jesus Jones, Knifeworld, Delays, That Petrol Emotion, Ultrasound, CUD and more and festival appearances at Bearded Theory, Danfest, Headstock, Glastonwick (by personal invitation of Attila the Stockbroker) and High Voltage (having won a national competition to headline the acoustic stage) have led to the band being described in a variety of media as “Nottingham’s best kept secret?”, “an intriguing band with an eye for drama and melody” and “Mind blowing!”.
Whilst always a formidable live proposition, the band have not eschewed the studio having released two double A side singles (the second of which, ‘Thursday’, was voted Notts Live radio’s number one song of 2010 in their annual top 50 run down), a five track ep (closing song ‘Magnolia’ memorably featuring on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks) and the band's debut album ‘Our Only Eden’ – a 55 minute concept album in the non-dirty sense of the word that aims to take the listener to another dimension. A limited edition 7' vinyl single of Kite was released on Tallbird Records on 18th May 2015 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. The band are currently in the studio with producer Mark Rolfe.
The Amber Herd are:
- Neil Beards: Vocals / Acoustic Guitar
- Paul Wentworth: Electric Guitar / Vocals
- Rob Fitzmaurice: Bass Guitar
- Mark Lasbury: Drums
- Ollie Powditch: Keyboards
"...both blissfully melancholic indie and uplifting stripped-back folk comes to a sprawling, open-mouthed finish with an almost Velvet Underground-esque wall of sound, acoustics flitting between prog keyboard stabs and all buried under darkly overdriven Mary Chain guitar" (thiscitymagazine)
"...and when we say "post- punk" we mean like the masterclass of 1984 perfected so vehemently back in the day" (Drowned In Sound)
"This lot should be massive, if there is any justice" (Record Collector)
"The Amber Herd have consistently put out brilliant alternative anthems" (NUSIC)