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Highlights of Homegrown Festival 2018

After two brilliant days at Homegrown Festival 2018, here’s our highlights of the brilliant weekend, although all of the bands were awesome!

The first act we saw at the Festival was the underrated talent Connor Adams. Hailing from  Ipswich, he released his first EP only a few weeks ago, and the songs from this sound pretty awesome live especially the title track Open My Eyes. Alongside the new tracks was an inspiring cover of The Chain by Fleetwood Mac which really set the tone of the weekend! A really great set to open up the festival.

Making their debut at Homegrown Festival were young duo Influx of Insanity, bringing their heavy prog-rock to the fields of Barrow. It’s been a phenomenal few months for Dom and Oli, having won BurySOUND and Cambridge Band Competition, and starting to recording new music for their upcoming EP. A slight change to their set list paid off with tracks like Scaffolded Minds and Envious Souls sounding better than ever.

Tom Lumley played his first of many festivals this summer, having confirmed a slot at Truck Festival a few days previously. Lumley has a knack of writing anthemic indie bangers, and his last single Skyhigh is one of many on his packed setlist. One of the highlights of the weekend was his passionate performance of yet-to-be released track Crawling, a track which shows off a heavier side to Lumley’s music but also proves that he is still one to watch in the Cambridge area.

After playing The Apex the night before, The Catch dropped in and played a stormer of a set featuring old favourites like Artist and Effort, but it’s the rock-influenced Sort It Out and fast-paced fan favourite Tie Dye that went down really well with the Saturday afternoon audience. The trio also played a few new tunes which you can expect to hear real soon. They play Cambridge Junction tomorrow night (15th June), be there!

Among The Citizens were another band who played at The Apex the night before, and here they delivered a set which proves why they are highly thought of in the region. Tracks like Curved Lips and Needy not only shows off the band’s versatility in their styles, but makes their set list even more varied alongside the heavier, guitar-driven tracks like their brilliant new single Mess In The Head.

Having seem them at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer, we were excited to see Blue Mean Eyes  and they definitely didn’t disappoint. They played songs from their 2017 EP Through The Mill like Brixton Shrug and our favourite Escapade whilst also teasing new material. After several line-up changes it seems like the trio have finally settled as a band, and it’s exciting to see how their sound develops over the following year.

One band who always goes down well with a crowd wherever they play are the psychedelic quarter KYANOS. Having won BurySOUND’s Rising Star award, they were given an early evening set which showed off their talents playing smooth instrumental tracks and the usual crowd pleasers like Thunder In Japan and So High. The band also teased new music to be released soon in the form of an EP, more news when we get it!

One of several artists at Homegrown who we hadn’t seen before was young rising star Gabby Rivers, and after this showing we can’t wait to see her again. Not only does she write some really awesome original tracks, Gabby also played some enjoyable covers like Portugal, The Man’s Feel It Still and Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over which had the crowd singing along. An inspiring talent at only 15 years old, definitely one to watch.

When it comes to energetic indie rock tunes, Fick As Fieves are the pick of the bunch. Deservedly, they co-headlined The Coastline Stage with an impressive light show throughout their fast-paced, catchy set. A moshpit formed in the crowd when the trio played tracks like English Weather and Wasteman, whilst new tracks from their debut EP Drift End like COL and Outstayed prove why they are one of the region’s finest live bands.  More new music could be on its way to your ears by the end of the year, watch this space!

Saturday’s epic day of music was closed by the funk-soul legends Stretch Soul Gang. Their epic hour-long set was full of original classics which made the whole field have a dance. Opening their set with latest single Open Up Your Eyes, the Gang kicked in to gear with their next single Hit The Deck, fun groover Poncho Villa and the always outstanding Sharks At The Wheel. One of our highlights of the whole festival was the performance of Ungrateful which featured a rare live outing from soul singer Steven Bamidele whose vocals complimented the flawless falsettos on the track. They closed their set on debut single Ain’t Got No Money, followed by a fireworks display to round off the day. Let’s hope they get invited back for the third year running next year!

We had a great time at our first Homegrown Festival, and we want to thank the organisers (especially Sara!) for their support, and for putting on an awesome weekend!

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Deep City @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Indie-pop quartet Deep City headlined The Hunter Club for the very first time on Saturday evening, alongside some great support acts.

The night kicked off with the hilariously brilliant sounds of Theo Morris And Not The Theo Morrises. Morris, previously a member of fabled band Janet Street Slaughter, has suddenly decided to make clones of himself to make up his backing band, which is a brilliant idea considering half of his songs are ‘poo-related’! A really enjoyable set to kick off the night.

Next up was Sam Eagle and his backing band The Lemon Lizards with their jazz-influenced indie sounds. Though they closed on the crowd pleasing 15/8, the rest of the set was a mix of Eagle’s solo material from his EP’s like Bodies ,and a taste of new music which is set to be released very soon. And if that isn’t exciting enough, they are playing a live set on BBC 6 Music in the next few weeks! Sam Eagle is definitely a name to watch out for.

After nearly a year away from Bury St Edmunds, Huckleberry Harrison‘s return to the local scene was welcomed with his super-suave performance of songs from his debut album What The Huck? featuring tracks like #1 Anime Dad and Not That Kinda Girl. Other highlights from his assuring set included Sheets Are White, debut single Dracula and new song End It This Way, which is hopefully getting a release soon because it really is brilliant. This set is easily one of our highlights of 2018.

Before the headline act, soloist Kerry Devine entertained an appreciative crowd with tracks from her debut album Away From Mountains which was released only three weeks ago and a wonderful cover of a Portishead track. Her enchanting vocals were inch-perfect throughout, especially on the beautiful Fools That Fall. Devine did state that it’s “not a party album” and its definitely not like the tracks from side project The Baby Seals, but the songs are truly captivating and lovely to listen to. She finished her set on the upbeat swing of When I Get Low, I Get High. a track that she hadn’t performed for years!

After years gigging around the local scene, Cambridge’s Deep City finally headlined their first Washing Machine and it’s fair to say it’s been long-awaited. The quartet played tracks from debut EP 15:16 including the utterly sublime L.O.V.E and Time, and older tracks like Plastic and Wht Hppnd which still hit home and sound so fresh. Technical problems did hinder the band towards the end of the set, however they overcame the difficulties with ease with a quality cover of Everything Everything’s The Wheel (Is Turning Now) and set closers Slow and Close Up. A really polished set from a band that just get better and better with every performance.

The next Washing Machine is on Saturday 16th June featuring Tundra, Thy Last Drop, KYANOS and more! £5 entry, helping to raise money for Riverwalk School, 6pm kick off.

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May’s The Fiver @ Cambridge Junction

May’s edition of the long-running The Fiver night saw six bands play awesome sets at the Cambridge Junction.

Haverhill’s The Fifths kicked off the night with a highly commendable set, with each member brimming with confidence throughout. Not only did they play a cover or two, the band played some great original tracks like Chance It and They Should which are on their Soundcloud. Their set was definitely one of the highlights of the night, and for a band that formed only six months ago, the future looks bright for them.

The Islas, from Norwich, were up next, a band who were playing their first ever show in Cambridge. The four-piece indie band played an energetic 30-minute set full of cheeky crowd interaction and some really nice indie-rock tracks, notably their recently released debut single A Generation To Forget. An EP is set for release in the near future, an exciting prospect on the basis of their performance.

It’s fair to say that Among The Citizens are the most exciting band to have come out of Peterborough for a while now. Their awesome new single Mess In The Head closed their set, which included tracks from their 2017 EP Unlearn You, mixing in intricate guitar melodies with more electronic-based sounds. The band have a fair amount of gigs coming up, including a slot at Homegrown Festival on 9th June.

Oscar Corney was up next with a really pleasing set. His inch-perfect vocals were brilliantly complimented by his backing band as they played some great memorable tracks from his previous EP’s like Be Someone and Your Fool. Corney has had a great start to 2018 reaching the final of the Cambridge Band Competition, and with new music hopefully on the way, the year could get even better for him.

With The Junction swarmed by his passionate fans, it’s fair to say Woodley Taylor put on a show with his 30 minute set. His classic rock-inspired tracks like Smoking At Midnight and Runaway showed off his soulful vocals and talented backing band. Taylor closed his set with Breathe A Little Deeper, with the audience chanting back every word to the very professional soloist. A really enjoyable set.

The last act on were The Mojo Slide, a blues rock band from Cambridge. The band formed in 2011 and their experience showed as they put in a great performance, with some catchy tracks from their 2015 album Twist Your Bones, and some smooth guitar riffs really connecting with the crowd. The Mojo Slide also have a lot of live shows coming up, all information is on their Facebook page.

The next Fiver is 15th June featuring Cambridge Band Competition winners Influx of Insanity!

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Stretch Soul Gang @ The Con Club, BSE

In an area which is heavily dominated by indie and rock music, it was a welcome change to go to a funk and soul gig, and when Stretch Soul Gang are about you know it’s going to be a good one.

Motherfvker, a covers band from Ipswich, opened the night with a variety of brilliant covers. The best track of their set was a rather surprising cover of Childish Gambino’s Redbone, which was enhanced massively by the lead singer’s powerful vocals and guitar player’s sweet riffs throughout. A really nice way to kick off the evening.

The headliners of the evening were Stretch Soul Gang, a six-piece group from Sudbury who are one of the most-loved bands in the area. It’s a shame that the group only have the two tracks available to listen to on streaming services, but it’s those two tracks, the glorious Open Up Your Eyes and Ain’t Got No Money, that really got the adoring crowd moving.

What I personally love about the group is that everything about their sound is inch-perfect. Whether it be the tightness of the instrumentals, the impeccable vocals or the savvy crowd interaction between tracks, the Gang are really on to a winner.

The Gang’s setlist is one which is full of great soul numbers, Sharks At The Wheel shows off guitarist Alfie Row’s flawless falsettos whilst Poncho Villa and Ungrateful (featuring local rising star Steven Bamidele) gives us a taste of things to come with the band with an EP set for release in the immediate future.

Stretch Soul Gang are headlining Homegrown Festival this year, so if you want to have a great night grooving to some great original tracks and come away with a huge beaming smile on your face, then get yourself there. Because these guys are one of the best live bands around.

Thanks to Wigwam Promotions for organising a great night!

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Bury Fringe All-Dayer 2018 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

An incredible array of talent was on display at The Hunter Club yesterday (Saturday 5th May) for the 7th annual Bury Fringe All-Dayer, headlined by the rampant Gaffa Tape Sandy.

The day was brilliantly started with bands from Queens Road Rock School, Queen Dogs showed vast confidence beyond the years playing covers of One Way or Another and a great cover of Transmission by Joy Division, whilst The Daze played some original tracks alongside covers of Use Somebody and Blitzkrieg Bop. Both bands went down really well with the crows, and it really was a great way to kick off the day.

Opening The Magic Carpet Stage was rising star Noah Evans, another performer in the same age range as the bands before, but still showing off his incredible talents playing tracks from his debut EP See It Through which is now on Spotify. These three acts really shows that the Bury St Edmunds area is abundant with young talent, and it’s so promising to see this!

Going back to the Main Hall, alt-rocker Sophie Mahon and her backing band wowed the crowd with a truly awesome 80’s influenced-set featuring crowd favourite 2bf which is a really really brilliant track. Turning 180 degrees, it was then Blue Mean Eyes turn to shine and they certainly did. Tearing through tracks like Brixton Shrug, the trio proved during their set that they are set for big things, especially considering that they have new music on it’s way!

Enterlude brought their indie-synth sound to the Washing Machine stage, playing the phenomenal tracks Hurt Yourself and British Dream whilst also showing off new track Dancing With The Devil. With a support slot for Bessie Turner coming up for the band, they’ll just get better and better. After their set, Cambridge’s Lemondaze played a blinder of a set, with their stunning shoegaze sound really connecting with the large crowd. They are definitely a band to keep an eye out for, really promising stuff!

Our first visit to the Rock Against Racism Stage, run by Toonteen’s Joe Weaver, saw us see the brilliant BAILEY. Starting his set with his debut single The Future, his elevating-pop sound really shone through as his set went on, he has new tracks on the way and we can’t wait to hear them. Next up on stage was the delightful Matt Hammond who was a really interesting act to watch. It was lovely to sit and admire his guitar work, his intricate guitar melodies were truly impressive, especially during the wonderful Skylines.

A late replacement after the Interesting Times Gang sadly pulled out, KULK played two sets during the day. Heavy rock is their speciality, especially when they’re playing the bloody insane tracks Fix Me and Toxic. Every time I see these, they just get better and better, and to get that sound from only two people is just jaw-dropping! After seeing them support DRUIDS in January, it was really nice to see Stealing Signs back with their sweet alternative rock, playing one of my personal favourite local tracks You Will Be and many more. Every time these lads perform they put on a great show, we can’t wait to see them at Homegrown Festival!

Rounding off the first half of the all-dayer were the wonderful trio of The Glitter Shop. They may have only played a handful of gigs together since forming, but as soon as they stepped on stage, you would have thought they would have been playing together for years. Not only do their studio releases Fizz and Sleep sound great live, the other tracks on their set like Throwing Apples and Call The Bank topped off with their frantic energy on stage proves why they are one of the most exciting bands to have come out of the local scene in years.

After a much-needed food break, Kelodown and their hard rock sound really got the crowd moving proving why they made to the final of BurySound this year. With more gigs under their belt, the band will get even better, especially if they write tracks as good as Carpet Burn and Occupational HazardThe Baby Seals made their Hunter Club debut with a formidable set filled with really fun tracks with bonkers names like My Labia Is Lopsided But I Don’t Mind and Nipple Hair. Hopefully they play there again soon, because they were ace!

Playing before the headliners on the Rock Against Racism stage were The Catch with one  of the best sets of the entire day. Their new tracks sound really really impressive especially the thumping Can You Feel It? and Hindsight, which really compliment the rest of their packed set which include crowd favourite Tie Dye and new single Sort It Out. Quality as always from one of the best bands in Bury.

SIAH played a long over-due set on Chris’s Stage, with their post-punk hits Susie Smokes and A French Girl sounding really great as always. Let’s hope that they release some new music before the year is out because it’s desperately needed! Fresh off the back of a European tour, Fightmilk were another band returning to the Hunter Club with their epic pop-punk tracks like Pity Party, making the release of their debut album hotly anticipated!

Co-headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage were indie-rock legends The Baskervilles. The band have recently released new track Blood In My Mouth which sounds truly majestic live, alongside their set-opener Kalashnikov and all-round belter Death Of A Pop Song. We really can’t wait to hear what the foursome release next because they’re one of the best indie rock groups around locally. The other band co-headlining the RAR stage were 2017 BurySOUND finalists Goldblume, a commanding set from the god-like trio who played Razor, from their RSD vinyl release, which sounded utterly sublime. Their bold stage presence was a joy to watch and was the perfect way to close the stage. Two real highlights of the day.

After releasing their second EP Life’s A Beach only last week, Tundra brought the summer vibes to Chris’s Stage with their glorious surf-punk sounds. They played the EP in full with Walking Stick and Swimming Shorts sounding absolutely huge with their awesome riffs and thundering drums. It’s no doubt that Tundra are a ‘live band’, and when it comes to playing their trademark song Vacation, you know that the crowd are going to go absolutely mental. And they certainly did. A really memorable set that led into the overall headliners set impeccably.

So, now onto the last act of the night, the absolutely AMAZING Gaffa Tape Sandy. The band had already played in Leeds earlier on in the day, but they saved their A-game for their hometown crowd bursting into the frantic Transylvania and the snappy Water Bottle with moshpits already forming in the packed crowd. The trio played a mix of old and new with the well-received Smart Dressed Guy and L’Appel du Vide still sounding so exciting and fresh. New tracks Turnstile and Meathead went down a treat with the crowd too, with the fun instrumentals and perfect vocals really packing a punch, the latter is being released soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! And by the way Manager is still class, probably the most underrated track from their debut EP Spring Killing. They closed their set with the ever-present Beehive, inviting the absolute legend Seymour Quigley to crowd surf whilst they played it. With several festival dates this summer lined up, there’s no doubt that they are one of the most exciting bands in the UK at the moment. Go and see them if you ever have the chance!

Well done to all the acts who played yesterday! Special shout out to Substation, Rosa, Alicia Hall, Robert C Taylor, Ben Pegley, Phoebe Austin and Grandma’s Waffle Velocity too!

Thanks to everyone involved for putting on a great event!

Written by Marc Manning                Graphics by Guy Rodwell

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A Horse Called War @ The Hunter Club, BSE

The annual rock-fest at The Hunter Club to celebrate the Bury Fringe Festival culminated with a headline set from metal heroes A Horse Called War.

Fresh new hardcore trio All We Know opened the night entertaining the growing crowd with new tracks and some of ‘old’ like Hear Me Out and favourite Deprivation. The band are starting to write their debut EP in the coming months and it’s bound to make waves in the local scene, so keep an eye and ear out for it.

Clown Smash Everything played their first ever show at The Hunter Club next, and it certainly won’t be the last time, they were ace. The vocals were absolutely insane on every track in their thirty minute slot, wowing with some rad riffs on tracks like Fight The Fire (Or Fuck Off) and Leave The Forces.

Essex heroes Rad Pitt’s performance was definitely a memorable one. With their lead vocalist recovering from surgery, their guitarist stepped in but it was still stunningly awesome. The band energetically played favourites from their 2017 album Pink like the bloody brilliant track What Is The Point Of Piers Morgan?. These lads are triumphant live, go check them out whenever you can!

Favourites on the local scene, stoner-doom foursome Bracken unleashed furious vocals and intense instrumentals on to a packed room, tearing through tracks from their self-titled EP. And for £5 it’s well worth a purchase. Tracks like Slaves pt.2 and King are well worth a listen. New music is on it’s way and we can’t wait to hear it.

A Horse Called War closed the night with their epic headline set full to the brim with human pyramids in the audience and bruising circle pits to the sound of thrashing guitars and snarling vocal screams. The band have been around for a while and their experience is evident as they ploughed through their fifty-minute show. Most bands get slated for minimal crowd interaction but AHCW really hit it off especially as it means more time for more music! Like all the other bands, check them out next time they’re local to you!

UP NEXT: Bury Fringe Festival All-Dayer @ The Hunter Club from 1pm-11pm! Entry fee is £8 OTD or £6.60 advance!

Featuring Gaffa Tape Sandy, Tundra, SIAH, Fightmilk, Goldblume, The Baskervilles, The Catch, The Glitter Shop, KULK, Enterlude, Interesting Times Gang, Lemondaze, Kelodown, Noah Evans and more!

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F.O.X @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Colchester’s F.O.X tore the roof of the Hunter Club last night (7th April) with their stunning synth-pop sounds.

The first band to perform on the night were Among The Citizens, a four-piece indie band from Peterborough. The band released a truly great EP last year, and their setlist revolved around it, firing through tracks like Needy and Our Love. ATC’s tight-knit sound was a perfect way to open the night especially with their start time delayed due to technical problems.

A pleasant surprise on the night was soloist Leaone who was up next. Having not heard any previous music, I was instantly wowed by his emotional brand of pop music. End of the World was easily my highlight of what was a really strong set, but interestingly Leaone released two EP’s in 2017 full of really great tracks so you need to get your ears in to them! If you’re a fan of The National I think you’ll love him.

The psychedelic vibes from KYANOS packed out the room once again in slightly more modest surroundings after their last set at The Apex. The band look so comfortable up on stage performing some of their best tracks Thunder In Japan and So High whilst playing tracks from their forthcoming album like Lost In Blue and Sunlight. Once KYANOS start playing in different venues around the area, they’ll get even better.

Sun Scream were next, and this was very very exciting with the band having released their debut EP the day before. The majority of their set includes tracks from Take It Easy with the 6Music-endorsed Extract and ferocious Samsara sounding absolutely massive, alongside usual favourites Sun ScreamDavid Lynch and the mega She. The band are on to big things and with some great tracks and an EP under their belt they are without a doubt one of the best bands in the East.

Anyone who spoke to me after the night will know how much I loved the F.O.X set and you could now say I am their biggest fan. From the first track, they blew me away with how tight they were as a trio musically, and their mesmerising light show which really fitted in with their on-stage image. The tracks they have are really really special and there’s no surprise there having supported the likes of Depeche Mode and Florence and the Machine in the past.

The trio have two great albums out, with a third on it’s way, and they are truly well worth a listen. Wild Horses is one of those tracks that will get you dancing, not forgetting the equally as brilliant set closer I Am Electric and We Are The Younger People. By the end of the night, the whole room was dancing along to a really special set. This set topped off what was easily one of the best Washing Machine night’s yet.

Be sure to keep an eye out on The Music Blog 42 social media accounts for all the latest news from the acts who performed tonight!

The next Washing Machine is on 21st April with a 6pm kick-off at The Hunter Club. Headlining are the rock legends A HORSE CALLED WAR, supported by RAD PITT, BRACKEN, CLOWN SMASH EVERYTHING and ALL WE KNOW.

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Dingus Khan @ The Hunter Club, BSE (17/03/2018)

The third Washing Machine of the year saw Dingus Khan make a sweaty return to the Hunter Club.

The Manningtree five-piece rocked from the start, ploughing through legendary hits like Plank and Ambulance, where the band’s infectious energy rubbed off on the packed out venue which was shaking to its very core.

New material was played in what was nearly a 90-minute set, the absolutely barnstormer of a hit My Number was the highlight of the new tracks, a track that is so ferociously delicious it’s already a fan favourite and the track My New Hat, members of the band passed out pieces of their merch throughout this one, no second guesses as to what the pieces of merch were…

The loving crowd got rowdier and rowdier, and as soon as the band launched into the revered track Knifey Spoony local legend Seymour Quigley was crowd-surfing around the venue, audience members were up on stage and the temperature in the room increased by about 1000 degrees.

But let’s not forget the band’s who opened the night of brilliant music.

Members of Queen’s Road Rock School (run by Linzi Stivey and White) made their Hunter Club debut with bands Substation and The Daze, which really shows that the BSE music scene has such a bright future. Substation’s track Intention is a great tune!

Radio Orwell were up next, another brilliant five-piece group who have a hint of The National about them. Their new track Stolen Sense Of Wonder is a wonderful slice of alternative goodness, not to forget the brilliance of I Disappear and Speaking About It. We can’t wait to hear more from them!

It’s the second time we’ve seen the smooth Sam Eagle and his band of Lemon Lizards, and it’s clear they are going places. Having gained extensive radio play for the chilled 15/8, Eagle showed why he is so highly-rated among the local scene with an awesome set. And also, Moon Jelly is such a really really really tasty track. Go listen to all of his music now.

Finishing off the undercard were the terrific trio of Blue Mean Eyes. The band have gone through extensive changes the past year, however, the trio were on fine form tonight showing off new tracks but also playing some old favourites as well. They finished on the track Escapade which is just phenomenal! New music is bound to be on its way and we can’t wait to hear it.

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BurySOUND Grand Final 2018 @ The Apex

Influx of Insanity were crowned winners of BurySOUND 2018 last night (9th March) at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

Kelodown kicked off what promised to be an insane night with their brand of hard rock which sounded so much better on a bigger stage. They opened with Occupational Hazard, a great up-tempo track that really got the crowd moving. The vast amount of energy on stage as a joy to see, the perfect way to open the night.

The psychedelic sounds of KYANOS came next, a world away from the hard rock before. Their setlist featured some ‘old’ favourites like the stunning Thunder In Japan but also featured various new tracks from their upcoming record Lost In Blue. A band to keep an eye out for because if the rest of their record is as good as So High then they’re on to a winner.

The insanely good Influx of Insanity played out another great set, with this being the third time I’d seen them in a matter of months. And since then, they’ve just got better and better. Oozing with confidence throughout, they burst into the fantastic tracks Envious Souls and Perpetually Unfulfilled, commanding the stage in the process. The duo looked the part, and are deserving winners of the year’s competition

Math-rock foursome Indecision were something of an unknown entity going into this year’s competition and having not seen Heat 4 I was intrigued about the band. They have a great selection of tracks like 60s, and their frontman is something else too. A great tone to his voice and not to forget his hilariously great dancing meant this was a memorable performance indeed.

Grunge-blues trio Organ of Corti closed the night with their extensive sounds. Their performance in the first heat was hard to beat, but they were a thousand times better on The Apex stage. A real surprise to the competition, give them time to develop and hone their sound even more and they could be a really really special band.

Whilst judging the competition, the crowd were treated to a headline set from 2017 winners and all-around legends TUNDRA. Their setlist consisted of new tracks from their upcoming EP (27th April can’t come soon enough) and favourites like Loser and Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck) which resulted in a stage invasion. It’s been a great start to the year for Elliot, Caitlin and Elliott having supported Marmozets at Cambridge Junction, and with the EP out soon, 2018 could be a huge year for them!

Congratulations to Influx of Insanity on winning BurySOUND 2018.

Also congratulations to KYANOS for winning the Rising Star award!

Me and Guy would like to thank Seymour Quigley and Tim Willett for choosing us to judge this year’s competition.

We’d also like to thank Joe, Jay, Linzi, White, Catherine, Neil, Claire, Sara, Davey and the other judges for making us feel so welcome on the panel. We can’t wait for next year already!

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TheState @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Another great night at The Hunter Club culminated in an intriguing headline set from TheState.

Having not played a hometown gig for a while, the duo brought their intense sounds and stage show to the infamous Washing Machine stage.
Fusing their heavy guitar riffs with synths and samples, they captivated everyone from the off, playing snippets of speeches from May and Trump before launching into huge tracks like Fairy Tales and Ghost, and premiering a brilliant brand new track The Resistance.
Whether it be the guitarist’s electric riffs or the vocalist’s power, the tracks have a different edge to them live, it’s no surprise that their live performances are very well received. And if you came here for “songs about puppies and sunshine”, then you definitely came to the wrong place.
Check TheState out on streaming services and social media, you won’t regret it.

Acoustic performer Alicia Hall kicked off the night with a great blend of original tracks but also covers, performing the likes of Alanis Morrisette and Radiohead. A welcome start to what was bound to be a very heavy evening.

My Nan Can Backflip were up next, a very eccentric and perplexing trio. Don’t get me wrong, musically it’s perfect and their song titles (Big Fat Gaz, Electric Hand Man) are pretty funny, but eating a cucumber on stage and doing a ‘dance off’ midway through your set… don’t ruin and detract from what was actually a rather alright set.

Having seen ALL WE KNOW several times before, it’s clear that they’re just getting better and better with every gig, and are starting to get the acknowledgement they deserved. Tracks like Hear Me Out sound so much better live, with a little more fine tuning and with an EP soon to be recorded, the hardcore trio are in for a hue 2018.

Before the headline set from TheState came the excellent The Thinking Men. We’ve been hearing excellent things about the group, and they didn’t let us down, sounding absolutely awesome from the start. Their setlist was perfect, playing tracks like the audience-requested The Graveyard Shift and new track Nazareth.
Finishing their set on Pied Piper, it’s clear why the band has such a cult following. The amount of passion shown by the energetic frontman and the drummer, in fact from the whole band, was so great to see. A live band you NEED in your life.

Next Washing Machine: 17th March – Dingus Khan w/ Blue Mean Eyes, Sam Eagle And The Lemon Lizards, Radio Orwell, Substation and The Daze. 6pm KO.