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The Music Blog 42 Track of the Year 2019

2019 has been another great year for local talent around East Anglia and this has been proven with the brilliant tracks released by these artists over the past twelve months.

The tracks below were voted for by you and make up this year’s top 10.

10. FLEAS – Dogs
This exciting new punk band from Bury St Edmunds unleashed Dogs in early 2019, earning praise from many within the local scene. Since the release, they’ve played several Washing Machine nights and are tipped to go far in the 2020 edition of BurySOUND.

9. Lemondaze – Neon Ballroom
Cambridge’s premier shoegaze band released their debut single early last month and it instantly became a favourite with us here. The track really captures the essence of their live performances, with the swirling guitars and ethereal vocals being a real hit.

8. Gabby Rivers – Game
The long-awaited debut single from the talented Gabby Rivers came in October after a year of winning BurySOUND and headlining a stage at Latitude. The tightly-written Game really whets the appetite for more music with an EP reportedly coming in 2020.

7. Basement Strippers – Mind Reader
The Bedfordshire rockers delivered the goods in August with their best track to date: Mind Reader. Its fearsome riffs and powerful lyrics really set the precedent for their success this year which has seen them support Sarpa Salpa and Tom Lumley. 2020 is their year.

6. Kelodown – Breakin’ Off
Another debut single in the Top 10 with every right to be here. Breakin’ Off is an exciting classic rock track with a modern twist, led by the flawless vocals from Aleks Michalewicz. The band are looking to release more new music in 2020, and we can’t wait for it.

5. KYANOS – Sunrise
A staple of their live sets, Sunrise is a technical masterpiece with elements of psychedelia and jazz combining into one of the best tracks the local scene has to offer. This year has seen them release an EP, two singles and play a session for BBC Introducing.

4. PET NEEDS – I Don’t Wanna Be Only Happy
Essex punk rockers PET NEEDS have had an incredible year, with a really strong collection of tracks released with I Don’t Wanna Be Only Happy being the pick of the bunch. Other highlights include being championed by Frank Turner at Camden Rocks Festival.

3. Underline The Sky – Miss Identity
Everyone’s favourite pop-rock band released this catchy riff-laden track in July this year, as well as playing at BardFest and PimJam Festival. Catch them headline The Hunter Club in Bury on Saturday 25th January when they break #theburycurse.

2. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Headlights
Gaffa Tape Sandy have gone from strength to strength this year, with a highlight of their year being the release of Headlights. The track’s powerful message of mental health awareness resonated with crowds up and down the country during their support slots for Lady Bird and Skeggs.

The Music Blog 42’s Track of the Year 2019 as voted for by you is…

Sages of the Subway – 88′

Cambridgeshire newcomers Sages of the Subway’s 88′ is one of the best indie-rock tracks we’ve heard locally since we began in 2017. With incredibly funky instrumentals and a chorus which will be stuck in your head for weeks, Sages of the Subway are worthy winners of this year’s vote. The four-piece will be looking to capitalise on their successes this year after making the final of the Cambridge Band Competition.

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Bury Songwriters Competition 2019 Final preview

This Friday (3rd May), The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds hosts the final of this year’s Bury Songwriters Competition. 

The competition this year has seen some very talented acts come through what have been evenly-contested heats, meaning this year’s final is an event not to be missed!

This year’s final features local favourites Josie Bryan, Kelodown vocalist Aleks Michalewicz and last year’s third placed act Shadley Harris. Whilst rising stars Leon O’Leary and The Broccoli King will be looking to pull out all the stops to win the competition.

Whilst the judges will be deciding who the Top Three and overall winner is, the audience will be treated to a live performance from last year’s runner up Phoebe Austin who has recently been signed to a record deal.

Tickets on the door are only £6 and the first act will be on at 7pm. Come down and support one of the last events of this year’s Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival.

Set times for the final are as follows:

7:00            ANNA CARTER
7:20            CHRISTOPHER JAMES
7:45           ALEKS MICHALEWICZ

8:10            JOSEPHINE BRYAN
8:35            LEON O’LEARY
9:00            BROCCOLI KING
9:30            SELINA HAWKER
9:55            SHADLEY HARRIS
10:15          MATT REACTION
10:40          EXPLOITS

11:10          PHOEBE AUSTIN 

For more information, head to http://www.buryfringe.co.uk

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Bury Fringe Festival All-Dayer 2019: Rock Against Racism Stage preview

This Saturday (4th May) is the annual All-Dayer of live music as part of the Bury Fringe Festival, and this year we’ve been honoured to co-run the Rock Against Racism Stage alongside our good friends at Toonteen Industries. We’ve selected some awesome acts to play this stage and here are the set-times and a little preview as to what you can expect from the acts from 2pm on Saturday:

2pm – Jess Kemp
3pm – Matt Hammond
4pm – Kim Jarvis & The BloodSuckers
5pm – A.N.G
6pm – Too Cool Kid
7pm – Vincent Vain
7:45pm – Influx of Insanity
8:30pm – Amethysts
9-15pm – ShaoDow

Jess Kemp opens the Rock Against Racism stage with her inimitable feminist-inspired poetry and spoken word. Jess is a well-known figure around the town having previously run a spoken-word night at Oakes Barn as well as having been championed by Radio1Xtra.

Having performed here last year, we were more than happy to welcome Matt Hammond back for another wonderful set. The ‘percussive guitarist’ released his latest single Skylines last year to much local acclaim so expect to hear that amongst his beautifully performed set of songs.

After headlining the festival last year with his band Gaffa Tape Sandy, frontman Kim Jarvis has decided to go it alone this year with his backing band The Bloodsuckers to perform some of his soon-to-be released solo material which EVERYONE is looking forward to hear.

A.N.G brings a different kind of performance to the RAR Stage with her influential grime and rap sound, which has made her a standout name in the ever-growing Suffolk rap scene. You may also recognise her from the BBC Introducing Suffolk team!

Following on from that, we’ve got the hotly-tipped trio Too Cool Kid who have recently wowed crowds at the Cambridge Band Competition. Their The Candidate EP is easily one of the best we’ve heard this year (expect a feature on that out very soon) having been inspired by the likes of Radiohead and The Strokes.

Alternative-rock duo Vincent Vain are another act to make their Bury St Edmunds debut on the night and they are well worth the watch. They’ve recently been teasing the release of their new music, and if their latest EP and recent live performances are anything to go by, we could be in for a real treat.

The awesome progressive-rockers Influx of Insanity are crowd favourites in Bury St Edmunds having won BurySOUND back in 2018. Since then the duo have gone from strength to strength having released an astonishing self-titled EP and have perfected their has-to-been live set. Expect awesomeness on Saturday.

Co-headliners Amethysts are one of the most recognisable acts from this region and their set on Saturday is going to be a real treat having previously played at Latitude Festival and several sold-out London shows. The electronic duo have also recently been championed by DIY Magazine and Radio 6Music.

Headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage is international rap star ShaoDow. The manga-influenced rapper has previously opened for well-known acts like Wiley and Stormzy, as well as having toured Europe, Asia and South America. ShaoDow is known for his unique sound which has been broadcast on popular radio show Fire In The Booth and on many commercial radio stations.

Elsewhere at The Hunter Club on Saturday will be performances from the likes of Sink Ya Teeth, KYANOS, Sam Eagle, The Glitter Shop, GABBY, History & Lore, Dusky Sunday and many many more! Doors open at 1pm so come down early for some awesome local live music! Tickets on the door are only £8.

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TMB42 Track of the Year 2018 results

For the past few months, YOU have been voting for your favourite East Anglian track of 2018. Now it’s time to reveal this year’s top ten and winners.

10. The Glitter Shop – Tonic
Grunge-pop trio The Glitter Shop have been making a name for themselves around the region this year with their electric live performances. The soothing harmonies and delicate instrumentals on the high-tempo track makes Tonic easily their best track to date. Catch them at The Smokehouse in Ipswich this Saturday.

9. The Catch – Tie Dye
When Tie Dye was released in February, it signalled a change in The Catch’s musical style. Since then, the teenage trio have captivated everyone with their heavy instrumentals which are at the fore-front of this pulsating track. Big things are expected of The Catch as we head into 2019.

8. The Baskervilles – Blood In My Mouth
The Ipswich music scene is currently thriving with the likes of Bessie Turner dazzling national audiences, but rockers The Baskervilles are currently making waves of their own with the flawlessly catchy Blood In My Mouth. The band recently had the opportunity to play Reading&Leeds this year, and they’ll be looking to build on that next year.

7. Basement Strippers – Blindfold
One of this year’s biggest success stories are the Basement Strippers from Bedford. With the release of their debut EP under their belt, lead track Blindfold is the song that has gained them plaudits with their clever songwriting and heavy rock sounds. The band have since played in various locations such as Bury St Edmunds, St Albans and London with more gigs scheduled for next year already. 

6. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Meat Head
After grabbing the number one spot last year with the triumphant Beehive, Gaffa Tape Sandy returned with an almighty bang in 2018 with the empowering anthem Meat Head. Their rampant style combined with the powerful female vocals on the tracks proves why they’ve played festivals like Latitude, Iceland Airwaves and Truck this year. The trio have  new music on the brink of release and there’s no doubt they’ll be at the top of our list again next year.

5. Pink Lemonade – Space Girl
Another success story from the area this year have been feel-good trio Pink Lemonade. The trio burst onto the scene in the summer with several festival appearances as well as the release of their infectiously popular debut single Space Girl. Their pop-punk sensibilities has captured a lot of people’s attention which has since seen them walk away with an NMG Award. BurySOUND is up next for the girls along with a lot more gigs around the area.

4. Influx of Insanity – Violet
The Cambridgeshire duo have taken the local music scene by storm this year having won BurySOUND and the Cambridge Band Competition at the start of 2018, and also releasing their debut EP in October. The atmospheric guitar riffs and unique vocals makes Violet the best track from the duo so far in what looks to be a very promising few years for the band. We can’t wait to hear what else they have up their sleeves.

THE TOP THREE

The top three have the chance to play one of our ‘The Music Blog 42 Presents…’ nights at The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds in 2019 whenever suits them best! We also had a little chat with each of them!

3. Tundra – Swimming Shorts

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Swimming Shorts is arguably your best song yet, what was the inspiration behind the track?
I (Elliot Booth, bassist) began writing Swimming Shorts in the corner of one of my lessons at college on an acoustic guitar. I’d seen SuperGlu the weekend before for the first time and it somehow inspired me to come up with the intro to the song. It was the easiest song to come up with lyrics for because it just flowed so well. We were all in a gloomy place as it was the end of Winter and we were waiting for summer to come around, so writing an upbeat song for the Summer was a big thing for us and I think we did okay with it. 
Just as we finished writing the song we lost two school friends in a car accident and found an alternate meaning to the song that we hadn’t thought of. We slightly changed some lyrics and it became what it is today.
I think we all want people to listen to the song and think of the happy times, even if right now isn’t so positive, it’s not to say tomorrow won’t be. The song is all about looking forward and seeing something better than now

It’s been an awesome year for Tundra, what would you say has been your highlight of 2018?
Obviously we start with supporting Marmozets (at the Cambridge Junction), especially as it was on my birthday, that was one of the most surreal things I think that has ever happened to us. We didn’t quite understand what was going on until it ended.
Playing the Apex as the BurySound final headliner in March was probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a stage and the invasion was something I’ll keep with me forever! Anyone who came up on stage thank you for making it so awesome! Releasing Life’s A Beach was awesome as it was something that we spent so much time and effort on and listening back to them really makes us so proud because they aren’t half bad. The Bury Fringe All Dayer was mental. It was so much fun and just a massive joke with all the Royal Family masks flying about, it was lovely to warm everyone up for Gaffa Tape Sandy too as well as we hadn’t played with them for over a year! Supporting Pirate Joe at Norwich Arts Centre was also a highlight, the show had sold out a week before which was unheard of for us. It was an amazing gig filled with no one that we knew in a venue that we had never played before which made it so much more amazing! Finally supporting Milk Teeth in Gloucester was great as we hadn’t really ventured much further than London and Norwich but now that we have the taste for it, we want to do it more! However supporting Milk Teeth was awesome and the venue was a sick restaurant in the middle of nowhere which made it that little bit more magical!

After the release of your EP Life’s a Beach in April, do you have any plans on releasing any more music next year?
MUSIC THAT MAY BE COMING OUT NEXT YEAR? We can let the cat out the bag and say that, YES, we will be releasing some more music next year however we don’t know when, but we do have some plans that are in the making and hopefully 2019 will be the year we can get the boat ROCKING!!!! (If anyone knows how we can play at Latitude, that we would be eternally grateful thanks bye)

2. The Fifths – They Should
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2018 has seen the band release four new singles, would you say They Should is your strongest one yet?
They Should was our last single of 2018 and was released alongside Trampoline. We definitely feel that They Should has much more of an up tempo, bouncy feel, especially when compared to our first release Chance It. This has meant that it has always had a warm reception when performed live! We finished our first ever gig with it back in January and since then it has always been one that we’ve kept the audience waiting to hear.

‘They Should’ has drawn comparisons with the likes of Bloc Party and the Arctic Monkeys. Would you say these are inspirations when writing new music?
I can see why you’d say that as this song started (and mostly ended) as a clumsy Banquet rip off! Arctic Monkeys have been my most listened to artist for three years straight (‘Sheffield Indie’ came up on my fourth most listened to genre during my first month of Spotify) so they’ll always play a part even if I were to never listen to them again. I’m not sure about Bloc Party, the stuff we’ve been working on is quite far removed from that now.

You guys are competing in BurySOUND next year, what else have you got planned for 2019?
Without giving too much away, we have definitely got some big plans and goals for 2019 and have already started working towards those. We shall be doing our best to keep the momentum that we have taken from 2018 and build it up further through 2019 with brand new tunes being performed and recorded from January.

THE MUSIC BLOG 42 TRACK OF THE YEAR IS

ENTERLUDE – BRITISH DREAM

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Congratulations on winning Track of the Year with British Dream! What was the songwriting process behind the track?
Thank you! Back in April 2017 we had just started to move on from playing covers and started trying to write songs. The chorus of British Dream were lyrics that I had playing over and over in my head in the shower and then one night I actually decided to have a go at writing the song and putting my ideas down. Most of the structure, lyrics and composition were done in one night (with the help of some alcohol). It is such a basic song, with a really simple progression of only four chords, one verse repeated and a lead guitar riff over the top of it, which was inspired by Mr Brightside by The Killers.

The track has been well-received all around the local music scene, what do you think has made it become such a hit?
The simplicity of it. The pacing makes it really upbeat and strong whereas the lyrics are more sombre and sad making it seem bittersweet. The guitar riff and bass are the real driving forces behind the melody, which is easy to pick up on and remember. With the mixture of a classic rock line up with synthesisers, we like to think gives us a unique sound that you don’t really hear in this day and age especially in East Anglia.

It’s been a strong year for the band having released your debut EP and playing lots of local shows, but what’s been your standout moment from 2018?
Our slot at the Apex at the end of August was great, playing on such a large stage and being treated so professionally was pretty good. We also sold all of our physical copies of our EP which we had just released about a week before digitally so that was amazing. Our set at BurySound Heat One this year was also amazing, despite not getting through we had a sold out audience at the Hunter Club and the energy in the room was huge.

As we all get set to welcome in 2019, what are Enterlude’s plans for next year?
We’re definitely writing more songs over the next few months and should hopefully have a few released early into the year. All of our songs have been recorded on GarageBand in various kitchens and front rooms, so it would be nice to rent out a proper recording space in the future. As four of the five of us are at University at the moment it makes it hard for playing live and rehearsing, but hopefully we can get a few gigs in the Summer and Winter when we’re all together again and settled down a bit. We’ve played the Hunter Club and The Apex, so naturally headlining Glastonbury is next, but if that’s not possible we would love to play at more venues in and around Bury, such as The Constitutional Club, Cambridge and Ipswich.

 

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02/11 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

Every fortnight we round-up some of the hottest releases in the local area and shed light on some of the tracks we’ve missed out on over the past few months!

The Islas – Somewhere In Between
Fresh from playing our TMB42 night last month, The Islas are back with another instalment from their forthcoming EP A Generation To Forget. The band have made a lasting impression on the local scene over the past year with their unique 00’s indie-influenced sound, and Somewhere In Between really hits the spot with its passionate, warming vocals about anxieties and missing home.

BaVard – Upside Down
Relative newcomers to the scene BaVard are slowly making a name for themselves after being shortlisted for an NMG Award and releasing some awesome new tracks this year. Upside Down is the latest addition to their back catalogue, with catchy instrumentals and a feel good chorus making this one of their best tracks yet.

Final Transmission – Dream Awake
After a lineup change and a short hiatus, Final Transmission are back with a crash and a bang with their enthralling new EP Samsara. Opening track Dream Awake is the perfect track to open up a new era for the band. The vocals from new frontman Alex are inch-perfect coupled with heavy rock instrumentals. 2019 looks to be an interesting year for the band.

Eeeyore – Heroine
Eeeyore have made a name for themselves around the region with their intense, unorthodox live performances and this really translates onto their debut EP RisingHeroine clocks in at just under two minutes packing in an in-your-face guitar riff which pulsates throughout and vocals that pack an almighty punch.

Stretch Soul Gang – Few Tricks
Arguably one of the best live bands in the East, the Stretch Soul Gang have been busy recording their debut EP which is set for release very soon. Few Tricks is just a snippet of what is to come from the six-piece funk heroes. The slow grooves, slick vocals and funky basslines makes us want a lot more music from the Gang.

The State – Human
After the departure of guitarist Will Goodey earlier in the year, The State are back with a new EP whetting the appetitive ahead of their third album releasing later on this year. Title track Human is a powerful industrial rock number with references to the rise of fascism, poverty and attacks on LGBTQ minorities.

Fightmilk – Summer Crush
The loveable Fightmilk unexpectedly brought forward their album release date a matter of days ago, meaning we got the pleasure of listening to the amazing Not With That Attitude early! Summer Crush is a track which brings out the best of Fightmilk with intriguing vocals and classic pop-punk instrumentals. Catch them at The Hunter Club on 17/11 supporting Gaffa Tape Sandy!

Amethysts – How It Is
A new release from Amethysts is always going to go down well with us here, and How It Is sees the duo crank it up a notch with beautiful atmospheric instrumentals and a flawless vocal performance which really shows why they won an NMG Award earlier on in the year and have had countless plays on national radio.

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19/10 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

The past two weeks have seen an incredible amount of new releases from local artists, and here’s our summary of the tracks that you really need to hear!

SOPHIE MAHON – BLACK TIE
After the release of her spellbinding single 2bf and various live performances around the area, Sophie Mahon finally released her debut EP Xenon Nights – Dusk a few weeks ago and it’s awesome. Black Tie is the EP opener, with its synth-laden instrumentals instantly drawing you into the 80’s-inspired art rock anthem. Mahon plays the Bury Fringe Christmas Party on 22nd December at the Constitutional Club.

THE CATCH – KNOW YOU WON’T TRY
With the release of their EP imminent, the lads from The Catch have given us a little taste of what’s to come with latest single Know You Won’t Try proving again why they are one of the best young bands in East Anglia. The track is a more toned down affair compared to previously released tracks Tie Dye and Sort It Out, but again they’ve smashed it out of the park with their infectious lyrics and hard instrumentals.

HOLLOWSTAR – LET YOU DOWN
Arguably Cambridge’s best rock export since Mallory Knox, the ferocious Hollowstar are back again with another teaser in the buildup to the release of their debut album. Let You Down instantly draws you in with an electrifying guitar riff which constantly roams throughout the three minute track. The band are heading out on tour in the next few weeks, head over to their socials for more information.

BESSIE TURNER – NINO
Bessie Turner has definitely made a name for herself this year with headlining festival slots at Latitude and Reading&Leeds and the release of her beautiful debut EP 22:22. Nino is the latest instalment on Turner’s ever-growing discography, showcasing her gorgeous vocals over dreamy indie instrumentals, a style which has seen her touted as a ‘superstar in the making’ by BBC Introducing.

AMONG THE CITIZENS – PRETEND TO BE IN LOVE
Pretend To Be In Love is the latest release from Among The Citizens, a band who have really come of age over the past year. With two EPs, two singles released and an NMG Award already in the bag, it’s no wonder why they are tipped for big things. The title track from their new EP is a Two Door Cinema Club-esque indie pop belter with an incredibly catchy sing-a-long chorus. They play The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds tomorrow night (6:15pm)

THE GLITTER SHOP – CALL THE BANK
Although Call The Bank is a b-side to the soothing Tonic, this track is an absolute banger. Call The Bank is a staple of their enigmatic live performances which have wowed audiences in Norwich and Cambridge most recently. The track is a bit different to what’s been released previously from the trio as guitarist Barny Cutter takes lead vocals. The Glitter Shop play The Hunter Club 3rd November, be there!

SHYER – THE ONLY CURE
Having recently won the indie category at the recent NMG Awards, punchy four-piece rockers Shyer released the triumphant The Only Cure a matter of weeks ago. The simplistic but riveting guitar riff which weaves throughout the track combines nicely with the emotional vocals that makes this easily one of our favourite tracks of the past few months.

FRANKO FRAIZE – STOP ME (FEATURING ALEX JOSEPH)
The finale to his ear-catching EP Lights and Colour, Stop Me shows Franko Fraize at his very best. Fraize teams up with long-term collaborator Alex Joseph (2017’s Side By Side) to produce an epic UK rap track destined to hit your playlists as soon as you listen. The rest of his EP features the heartfelt Queen of Hearts and summer bop Let It Go. It’s well worth a listen!

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05/10 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

Here’s our fortnightly update of our ‘Best In The East’ Spotify playlist featuring new releases from the area’s best soloists and bands!

OSCAR CORNEY – WORLD ALIVE
Regarded as one of the area’s brightest talents, singer-songwriter Oscar Corney’s ability to write heartfelt, upbeat tracks was brought to the fore when he released World Alive in mid-September. Taking inspiration from the likes of James Bay and Kings of Leon, Corney’s knack at writing a killer chorus accompanied by really pleasing instrumentals instantly puts this towards the top of our Track of The Year list!

DEEP CITY – PAIN KILLER
Following on from the release of debut EP 15:16 in December last year, the Deep City boys are back with their self-produced track Pain Killer which formed part of their set at the recent NMG Awards. The band’s unique indie sound really takes off on Pain Killer which shows how much Deep City have grown over the past few years. The foursome have some gigs coming up, having recently supported Blaenavon in Cambridge.

THE BASKERVILLES – BLIND AMBITION
Blind Ambition is the latest offering from Ipswich’s The Baskervilles, having previously released the epic Blood In My Mouth earlier this year. 2018 has been a landmark year for the band which has seen them play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds. Their new track is a raw, powerful alternative-rock track that is subtly enhanced with electronic beats. The lads play the last The Music Blog 42 Presents night of the year on 7th December, details on our Facebook page!

RUBBER JAW – FEELING FUNNY
One band who have been raising eyebrows around the area are trio Rubber Jaw. Their long-awaited debut single Feeling Funny is a slow-building rock anthem which really shows off the band’s distinct sound of composed vocals and atmospheric instrumentals Not only did they release this lovely track they have also gifted us with a B-side that is available on streaming platforms and blue vinyl.

WAR WAVES – A LION’S HEAD
The second teaser from the upcoming EP from War Waves is A Lion’s Head. The track follows on from previous track Sleep with hauntingly provoking instrumentals and probing vocal melodies, which has seen their musical style recently be called ‘anxiety-rock’. With the EP release just around the corner, we could be hearing a lot more of War Waves going into early next year! They headline the Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds on 12th October!

THE FIFTHS – THEY SHOULD
With new releases coming thick and fast and gigs around Cambridgeshire every weekend, it’s a known fact that The Fifths are one of the most promising young bands in the region. Inspiration comes from 00’s indie rock in their new Bloc Party-esque belter They Should, with looping guitar riffs and simple catchy lyrics really hitting the spot. The band are in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 2nd November at The Apex’s 545 night!

GOLDBLUME – HUSK
With the release of their debut album fast approaching, loveable alternative trio Goldblume have released lead track Husk. Their latest track shows off a style which not only is hard to pin down but really proves why Goldblume are one of Cambridge’s finest bands. The math-rock introduction, the alternative chorus and progressive-rock breakdown transitions into Goldblume’s best track to date.

PINK LEMONADE – SPACE GIRL
After taking home the Audience Choice gong at the recent NMG Awards, the Pink Lemonade girls are on to a winner with their debut single Space Girl, a fun and adventurous pop-punk singalong. As soon as the track starts, the infectious instrumentals and passionate vocals makes it an instantly-likeable debut. With a new single on the way and 2019 gigs already in the works, Pink Lemonade are on the rise!.

 

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TMB42 Anniversary Gig Preview

Tomorrow night (18/08) sees The Music Blog 42 (US!) celebrate a year of blogging in the region with a night of celebration and rock featuring four of the best bands from East Anglia.

The night consists of sets from Latitude-conquering psych-rockers Sun Scream, teenage wonderkids Influx of Insanity, intensely powerful rock duo KULK and Cambridgeshire punk rockers God Hates Astronauts!

Headliners Sun Scream need no introduction when it comes to the local music scene having played Latitude Festival only this year off the back of several gigs around the region and  Brighton. The end of the year sees the band release their new EP Big Red Lazy Sun, and play a support slot for The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Saturday sees them play a headline slot in their hometown which promises to be a truly special set.

Although they’re relatively new to the scene, Influx of Insanity have fast become one of the most popular bands in the area. In March, the duo won the BurySOUND Competition surprising all of the judges along the way. Later on in the year they also won the Cambridge Band Competition whilst up against strong opposition. A new EP is on the way, so expect to hear some new material on Saturday night.

KULK are another band who have seen a sharp rise in their popularity, with their intense, confident live performances winning over audiences in Norwich, Cambridge and Ipswich to name a few. Early 2018 saw them release two singles Fix Me and Toxic, two rock tracks laden with raw power and talent which has seen them booked for shows by Washing Machine and Local Distortion. For a duo, their sound is HUGE.

With hugely successful headline shows in Cambridge under their belt, God Hates Astronauts make their Bury St Edmunds debut on Saturday night. The trio released one of our favourite EPs this year in Triffids, and since then they’ve regularly played Local Distortion nights and have had extensive local radio play. Let’s just say that this won’t be their last gig in Bury St Edmunds.

Entry on the door tomorrow night is £5, cash only! On the door will also be merchandise from local designer Resolute Supply, available with cash only.

SET TIMES

DOORS 7:00
GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS 7:15-7:45
KULK 8:00-8:30
INFLUX OF INSANITY 8:45-9:25
SUN SCREAM 9:45-10:30

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TMB42 Spotlight: Enterlude

This month’s Spotlight is on one of the most exciting bands on the local scene : indie synth-pop band Enterlude.

Band Members:
Tom Paren – Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Josh Finch – Lead Guitar
Will Allsopp – Bass
Ted Ballam – Synthesizers
Ethan Richards – Drums

Although they are only starting to become more prominent within the local scene, the band formed in early 2016 which saw four out of the five members start learning their instruments from scratch, an impressive achievement for a band who are slowly becoming one of the hottest prospects on the local scene.

What makes Enterlude stand out from their guitar-driven counterparts within the scene is their use of electronic sounds within their indie-pop instrumentals. As heard in debut single Hurt Yourself, the driving synth rhythm which triumphantly weaves throughout the track combines well with the fuzzy guitar riffs and laid-back vocals. Though their debut single was a success, British Dream really is Enterlude at their best. The instantly memorable synths which links up with the confident vocals makes this easily one of our songs of the year.

The band interestingly state The Strokes and The Killers as just two of their influences within their music, two bands that have evolved their sound over the past few years to include more electronic-based instrumental. However they do state that they all have a variety of different music tastes which helps to contribute to their sound!

The start of 2018 saw them participate in their first BurySOUND heat, just a few months after playing their first Hunter Club gig supporting SIAH and The Virtues. They were desperately unlucky to miss out on going through to the final in what was a very strong heat, however the room was packed out for them and like they said “we had a full room going crazy to our songs”. Promising stuff, right?

The next few months is going to be interesting for the band, with an EP to be released towards the end of July which we really can’t wait to hear! Enterlude are also looking to play more gigs so if you’re a local promoter, be sure to get in touch with them via their Facebook page!

Upcoming Gigs:
7th July – Hunter Club – supporting Bessie Turner
August TBA – The Apex – playing The 545

For fans of: Blossoms, The Strokes, INXS

 

In an exciting new partnership with Huntingdon Community Radio, British Dream will be played throughout the station during the month of June!

Want to be July’s Spotlight? Get in touch with us via our email: themusicblog42@gmail.com

 

 

 

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TMB42 Spotlight: BAILEY

This month’s Spotlight feature is on the East’s own ‘elevating pop’ soloist BAILEY.

When writing new music for his next musical project, having been performing locally, for twelve years, BAILEY wanted his tracks to be heard with a full band behind them. Unfortunately for him this didn’t work out due to other commitments, but this has led him to produce some exciting music which diversifies the local scene even more.

Unsurprisingly to listeners of his new hit The Future, he takes inspiration from the likes of George Ezra and John Mayer to create instantly likeable and fun instrumentals which compliments his abilities to write a brilliantly catchy chorus.

The Future was released at the start of April and is definitely a track that is worth a listen, especially as BAILEY himself has created his own genre to go with it: ‘elevating pop’. In his own words, he said to us “my music is upbeat acoustic-driven folk-pop with anthemic choruses” and we’re not arguing with that because it sounds great!

BAILEY has had the chance to perform a live session on BBC Introducing Cambridge recently as well as having frequent radio play of The Future. And with new music only a matter of weeks away, it’s exciting times for him!

He has various live dates coming, notably a slot on the Rock Against Racism Stage at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer, his set time is at 4pm so come along and catch some of his set which will undoubtedly feature his debut track and more!

The Future is available on all major platforms, listen to it by clicking here! Or listen to it using the Soundcloud widget here:

BAILEY’s upcoming tour dates and social media links are listed below:

May 5th – Bury Fringe All-Dayer, Bury St Edmunds
May 9th – Apples & Pears Bar, London E1
May 12th – The Spice Of Life, Soho – London
May 19th – Tooting Tram & Social, London SW
May 24th – Acoustic @ The Craft Beer Co., Brighton
June 10th – Homegrown Music Festival, Bury St Edmunds
July 5th – Acoustic @ The Craft Beer Co., Brighton
Site: http://baileymusic.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/baileymusiconline
Twitter: twitter.com/baileymusicon
Instagram: instagram.com/baileymusiconline
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/baileymusiconline