A headline set from Tundra topped off an incredible night of live music at The Hunter Club on Saturday (16th June) night.
Mouse-Drawn Cart opened the evening in front of a relatively strong crowd, mesmerising the audiences with their charming acoustic sounds, a perfect way to kick off what was to be a heavy evening. Another band who made their Hunter Club debut were Manic Blackout, a five-piece rock band who have links to Riverwalk School. Having previously been a covers band, the band played a full set of original tracks which sounded pretty awesome, a very confident performance from them.
Colchester’s PET NEEDS were up next with their punk sound, captivating the audience with their hilarious anecdotes of botched alcohol kegs and ‘hippie’ women at a Canterbury festival. They played tracks off of their two EP’s, notably the cracking Punk Isn’t Dead It’s Just Up For Sale and Dallas. This was the band’s third time playing in Bury St Edmunds, let’s hope they’ll be a fourth pretty quickly!
After a few months away from the Bury gig scene, KYANOS were back with a bang with their chilled psych-jazz in front of a now-packed room. The band are still teasing a release of a new EP which is so eagerly anticipated, and once again they played songs from it like Sunrise and Lost In Blue alongside usual favourites Thunder In Japan and So High.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular bands in the area are Thy Last Drop and their performance had the whole room dancing along to their unique brand of ‘carnival punk’, with scenes not seen like this since the last visit of Dingus Khan in February. 18 Witches and The Drop had everyone moving, accompanied by the band’s great showmanship and the notorious ‘Bearded Lady’ roaming around the room getting everyone in the spirit to dance.
Headliners Tundra are no strangers of playing big shows, having supported Marmozets a matter of months ago, and tonight proved why are they one of the most sought-after bands in the region. Having released their second EP Life’s A Beach a few weeks ago, their setlist largely centred around tracks from it like the pulsating Walking Stick and the Sudbury-referencing Get Lost.
Before closing the set with the god-like Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck), local legend Seymour Quigley, and guitarist Sam Allen, joined the trio in playing a special tribute to Riverwalk teacher James Brooke who sadly died in a skydiving accident weeks ago. A passionate performance of Deaf Havana’s Mildred followed which will definitely live long in the memory for all involved with the school and who went along on Saturday.
Saturday night saw Washing Machine raise over £1,000 for Riverwalk’s new Rebound Therapy programme, which was being co-ordianted by James Brooke. A fantastic achievement for all involved!