SPOTLIGHT ON ‘AMBER RUN’
Amber Run go straight to red with third album Philophobia, soaring through anthemic rock, taking on the topic of Love – in all its conflicting evocations.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text MADELEINE ARCHER

Philophobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of falling in love. Through their third studio release, Nottingham 3-piece Amber Run explore the fear and elation of the universal emotion, from piano-driven instrumental opener ‘Leader Countdown’ into power-driven anthem ‘Neon Circus’, Muse-like guitars take the band through soaring rock and sober contemplation. Forming in 2012 whilst at the university of Nottingham, Joe Keogh (vocals & guitar), Tom Sperring (bass) and Henry Wyeth (keyboard) released their first album within the first year of playing together as a band, debuting with an album produced by Mike Crossey of Arctic Monkeys and Foals production fame. The influence remains, and album number three envelops the listener like a wave as the band asks, What Could Be as Lonely as Love?

4SEE met the boys from the midlands to find out more.

Amber Run - Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)
4SEE Spotlight on Amber Run – Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)
Eyewear Credits – Grey Ant, Coblens, Koberg

Band / Artist Name  Amber Run
Genre(s) Indie Rock
Member(s) and Instrument(s) Joshua Keogh (vocals & guitar), Tom Sperring (bass), Henry Wyeth (keys)
Based in  Nottingham, UK
Playing together since 2012
First album released “5am” in 2015
Freshest album “Philophobia” in 2019
Listen to us on iTunes/Spotfiy/YouTube

Amber Run - Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)
4SEE Spotlight on Amber Run – Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)

Describe your band / music / style in three words.
Dark Anthemic Post-pop.

What did you listen to when growing up?
All sorts – from Bowie and Queen to Led Zeppelin to Sonic Youth.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.
Radiohead and The National – they are timeless acts who have stuck around in the industry for a while and still making some of their best music to this day.

Amber Run - Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar), Tom Sperring (bass)
Amber Run – Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar), Tom Sperring (bass)
Eyewear Credits – Grey Ant, Koberg, Coblens,

Who are you listening to right now?
Lots of podcasts. Noah Gundersen and Djo.

What is the craziest / funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
Henry tells constant jokes – he’s really funny.

Favorite performance venues or music festivals? And why?
Colours of Ostrava is probably the coolest festival we’ve been to – really beautiful setting. Rock City in Nottingham, it’s a hometown thing and an iconic venue, the shows are always phenomenal.

Amber Run - Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)
Amber Run – Henry Wyeth (keyboard), Tom Sperring (bass), Joshua Keogh (vocals, guitar)

Three words to describe your fans.
Owe them everything.

Favorite eyewear brand?
Persol.

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?
We’ve just released our third record and are currently on tour in the UK, then heading out to the states in a few weeks. Hopefully more music soon!

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?
We’d love to still be making music and touring. Hopefully we continue to evolve as we have so far.