2019 is here but let’s not forget that 2018 was another standout year for this region’s music scene. Here’s another one of our updated playlists featuring some of the hottest new tracks from the area’s best acts.
Monster Florence – Famous People Die The Most
The Ipswich-based music collective had a breakthrough year in 2018 with the release of their debut album Foul, with Famous People Die The Most standing out as their best song to date. With indie and rock being hugely popular locally, Monster Florence are a group who are spearheading a thriving hip-hop scene coming out of Ipswich at the moment alongside Morgan Swann and A.N.G.
KULK – Jaded
Having played a live show nearly every week in 2018, the formidable noise duo of KULK treated us to a much-needed double release towards the end of the year. Having gained plaudits from many around the area, tracks like Jaded are part of the reason why they are one of the most appreciated groups around at the moment.
Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison – Modern Age
Recently shortlisted on It’s All Indie’s Sounds of 2019 list, Tom Lumley and his backing band The Brave Liaison returned in early December with the action-packed anthem Modern Age. The track’s antagonising instrumentals and roaring vocals are a world away from Lumley’s singer-songwriter roots. With new music almost certainly on the way, Tom Lumley will be a name on everyone’s lips by the end of the year.
Sun Scream – Big Red Lazy Sun
Part of their stunning vinyl EP of the same name, psych-rockers Sun Scream’s 2018 consisted of two EP releases, a debut vinyl pressing and a slot at Latitude Festival. Big Red Lazy Sun is their most relaxed track to date maintaining a chilled pace throughout. The band recently headlined the Bury Fringe Christmas Party and will be looking to build on last year’s success in 2019.
Lucy Grubb – Dear Walter
The winner of 2018’s Bury Songwriters Competition, Norfolk’s Lucy Grubb released her mesmerising second EP late last year and the title track Dear Walter showcases why she was a deserving winner. With minimal instrumentals and an emotive vocal performance throughout, her ability to write a song is simply effortless making Grubb another name to look out for over the year.
Enterlude – British Dream
The runaway winner of our recent Track of the Year vote, Enterlude introduced a new sound to the local scene with the synth-driven indie track British Dream. Drawing comparisons with the likes of INXS and Blossoms, the band are currently writing new material which will be recorded very soon. Keep an eye out for it!
Blue Mean Eyes – Manic To Magic
After playing a vast number of shows over the summer, Blue Mean Eyes finally released their debut album towards the end of 2018. Crowd favourite Manic To Magic stood out almost instantly with its driving chorus and simple singalong lyrics. With more shows planned for 2019, the trio are a band who are not just incredible on record but live too.
The Islas – Support Band
Norwich’s The Islas completed their debut EP A Generation To Forget with the swaggering Support Band, a track which holds a firm two fingers up to bands with ‘recycled thoughts’. The boys sure know how to write a cracking guitar riff and the opening to Support Band is probably the best you’ll hear all year. Big things expected in 2019 from The Islas, and hopefully they return to play Bury again soon!
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