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BurySOUND Heat 5 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Cambridge’s Influx of Insanity were the winners of Heat 5 of BurySOUND at The Hunter Club on Friday (23rd February).

Abbey Green started the night off, proclaiming their set was going to be “half covers, half originals”. Their original tracks sounded decent and with more practice and evolving they’d be a pretty good acoustic duo!

The second band on were Influx of Insanity. Astonishingly these lads are only 13 and 14, and it’s even more impressive with the music they produce. Their brand of prog-rock won the crowd and judges over with great tracks like Envious Souls and Scaffolded Minds, not to forget the tight creative chemistry between them. The duo have so much potential, keep an eye out for their new music being released soon!

The hotly-tipped KULK have had a pretty good start to the year, with 6Music’s Steve Lamacq dubbing them ‘Stowmarket’s Royal Blood’ and re-releasing their tracks Fix Me and Toxic. The tracks have a different edge to them live, they’re definitely one of the best live bands around at the moment, with such incredible stage presence. This time next year, they’ll be huge!

EEEYORE, from the outskirts of Cambridge, brought their stoner-rock sounds to their set. The quartet looked very comfortable on stage, and they’ve got a really great sound about them. Their opening track Out of Sight is such a great tune! Tonight was their first time playing at The Hunter Club, let’s hope they’re back asap!

Indie rockers The Catch closed the heat with a great set which included the likes of Artist and Tie Dye, which was premiered on the Blog earlier this week. The trio are fast becoming a huge band on the local scene and the crowd’s admiration for them was evident, culminating in a huge moshpit for set closer Vexed.

Having been judging, we only saw the last ten minutes of A Horse Called War’s set. But all we can say was that it was loud, very loud and absolutely phenomenal. They’re back at The Hunter Club on 21st April!

Congratulations to Oli and Dom of Influx of Insanity for going through to the final!

BurySOUND final is 9th March at The Apex, with a line-up of ORGAN OF CORTI, KYANOS, INDECISION, KELODOWN and INFLUX OF INSANITY! 

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BurySOUND Heat 4 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Kelodown were named winners of Heat For of BurySOUND 2018 at The Hunter Club last night (16th Feb) in what was a very close heat.

Unwaves, a duo from South Suffolk, kicked off the night with their impressive instrumentation (which included the drummer playing the drums whilst singing and implementing synths into the music) and catchy tracks. Their EP Foam Hands is a good listen, go check it out!

Next up were Lemondaze, a shoegaze quartet from Cambridge. From the start, they looked in their element up on stage, with tracks like Tremolo and Liquid Rush so smooth with their trademark sound flowing through. A real band to watch over the coming months and year.

Having got to the final last year, Maverick were hoping to go one better this year. A slight change in their musical style saw a more grungier tone which culminated in a ferocious but slick performance. We love a band who has great stage presence, and Maverick had just that!

Formed at the local West Suffolk College, Pop rock outfit Kelodown are a relatively young group, however, this was forgotten about as they launched themselves into tracks like Occupational Hazard. The crowd absolutely loved the band, and it’s clear to see why with their inch-perfect vocals and intricately jingling guitar riffs. They reminded us of Ipswich’s Underline The Sky, go check them both out!

Finishing off the night was ALL WE KNOW. What was only their second gig turned out to be a huge success with each track flowing into each other, added in with a rather rowdy crowd and punchy, tight riffs. Relentless rehearsing has helped the band so much, the trio are definitely ones to watch in 2018. Listen to Fractured, it’s an absolute banger!

Headliners War Waves, from Ipswich, played a great set whilst the judges were away deliberating. Although with ourselves judging we didn’t get to see all of the set, we loved their collection of tracks!

Next up: BurySOUND Heat 5 @ The Hunter Club on 23rd February! Featuring Abbey Green, The Catch, Eeeyore, Influx of Insanity and KULK! 6pm start!

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BurySOUND Heat 2 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Psychedelic quartet KYANOS grooved their way into the BurySOUND final by winning Heat 2 of this year’s competition, competing against rockers In My Disguise, trio Cornhill String Band and indie band The Getaway.

The night kicked off with the anthemic rock of In My Disguise. The band were in their element up on stage as they smashed their way through tracks like Scattered Memories and Alive. IMD cite their influences from the likes of Royal Blood and Muse and it’s clear that their music shapes their own sound with riff-laden hits, mixed in with a natural stage presence and crowd interaction. A great set to open the night, and we hope to see them again at The Hunter Club VERY soon!

Cornhill String Band were up next, banjo in tow. The trio played a very interesting set, with music inspired from the Apalatune-area (east Virginia and North Carolina) music style. Their set made everyone tap their feet and clap their hands, a really great reception from the crowd which developed a feel-good atmosphere. With time the group will get better in terms of confidence and crowd interaction, but nevertheless, it was great to see something ‘different’ on the Hunter Club stage.

Indie group The Getaway were one of the first bands we reviewed when the Blog first started out and you can tell since then the band have really got better. Although there were a few technical hitches, the band really produced an accomplished, confident perfomance, very energetic and the vocals were sharp. The lads seemed really invested in their music, and it’s great to see, and they also get top marks for their ‘Fuck Trump’ amp. This isn’t the last we’ve heard of The Getaway.

NME-endorsed KYANOS closed the night with their awe-inspiring psychedelic-jazz. As soon as they took to the stage, you knew they had the support of the crowd. The quartet really play off each other, the vocals really fill the room bringing a surreal vibe and it really pays off. After this set, it’s obvious to see why NME are such big fans of their music, and why they went through to the final. KYANOS are fast becoming real favourites on the local music scene, and with a record in the works, they are getting better and better.

Amethysts guest headlined tonight with their indie-pop inspired tunes. A really strong set, with inch-perfect vocals. New music is coming and we can’t wait to hear it!

NEXT HEAT: Fri 9th February at Haverhill Arts Centre, 6pm and £5 entry!

Written by Marc Manning, notes from Guy Rodwell

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BurySOUND Heat 1 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Organ Of Corti smashed their way through to the BurySOUND final with their barnstorming set at Heat 1 of the competition.

The trio were announced as winners of the night, after sets from soloists Ben Wheatley and Noah Evans, Cambridge’s Deep City and BSE’s Enterlude.

Ben Wheatley, from Thetford, kicked off the night with his acoustics, and he was really rather good at it. The tracks Trigger and Love Game were great highlights from his set, especially to differentiate from the more slower numbers like Gentlemen. Ben is hoping to be releasing his debut EP soon, and hopefully he’ll be back at The Hunter Club in the near future!

Cambridge indie pop foursome Deep City were up next. Having seen them before at The Apex and also having listened to their latest EP 15:16 religiously, I was excited to hear them on a smaller stage. There’s no denying that the band have a great presence on stage and a great selection of tracks to perform, especially the insanely good Time and Slow. All this helped by the use of a loop pedal which really shows off the band’s talents.

One of the newest bands on the Bury scene were up next in Organ of Corti. The trio really took me by surprise, mainly due to the fact I’m not really a fan of the type of music they make but I was completely hooked from the first song. All three members of the group looked in their element, and their vocalist has such a great voice. I seriously can’t wait to see them on a bigger stage, hopefully, they’ll sound even better.

One of the youngest entries in the competition this year was 13 year old Noah Evans. As soon as he took to the stage, the packed crowd were hooked with his impressive, mature songwriting. His interaction with the crowd was very admirable, getting them to sing-a-long with his covers of tracks like Sweet Child O’ Mine and Naive. His EP is out soon and we can’t wait to listen to it!

The last act on were alt-rock quintet Enterlude. The crowd were definitely up for this set, the whole place was moving to their great tracks like Hurt Yourself and British Dream, made even better with the use of a synthesiser, which gave their music more of a layered sound to it. If you’re a fan of Miles Kane and 80’s synth pop, you’ll love these lot. It’d be great to see them again!

After the rather heated voting process (described by one as being like Brexit!), it was great to round off the night with the chilled out vibes of Bessie Turner. There’s no denying she had an outstanding 2017, playing Latitude Festival and getting a ‘seal of approval’ from BBC Radio Goddess Jo Whiley. Although she already has some great tracks, Words You Say stood out as being the best, probably because I was excited to hear it live for the first time! Bessie and her backing band are embarking on an extensive tour in the next few months, check out her social media for all local and national dates!

Congratulations to Organ Of Corti who go through to the BurySOUND final at The Apex on 9th March!

NEXT HEAT: 2nd February at The Hunter Club. Kick off at 6pm, £5 a ticket!

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DRUIDS @ The Hunter Club, BSE

The first Washing Machine of 2018 saw DRUIDS rock out to a sold-out Hunter Club on Saturday (20th December).

Saturday’s gig kicked off with the grunge-rock of GROUTS, a mysterious four-piece duo whose set was filled with snarling, distorted riffs and thrashing drums. The Interesting Times Gang followed up next with their quirky, catchy tracks about their sci-fi adventures, listen to them on Soundcloud!

The newest band on the block, The Glitter Shop, whipped the sold-out crowd into a frenzy with their brilliant indie-pop sound next. With their set starting with the soothing Alive, the band went full throttle into the plethora of new songs the band have recently been writing. Although the highlight of their set was the live debut of Fizz (#4 in our East Anglia Song of the Year), insanely good live and so much passion on stage from Harry, Barny, Ruby and co. A band to look out for, new music is on its way…

Stealing Signs gained themselves a new fan after their set, so much so that I treated myself to their new EP on WHITE VINYL! Something about them made me hooked from the off, their smooth riffs which lifted anthemically in each track and their lead singer’s incredible vocals could be a factor. They definitely know how to write a great alt-rock track, without a doubt my favourite track of the set was the jingly groove of You Will Be. The band will definitely be back in the near future at a Washing Machine, so go and see them and be blown away.

Finally, the headline act DRUIDS took to the stage. Having listened to their latest album all week, I was definitely excited about their set and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Launching their new EP, they played the title track Up To Mars which was very well-received by the packed crowd, however even more so when Washing Machine legend Seymour Quigley joined the band wearing a Jean-Lou Picard mask (he had been spotted in the audience by the band earlier in their set). As well as tracks from the new EP, they played several ‘old favourites’ in the triumphant Mission and the really rather good Stuart Slater Alligator. If you’re a fan of intense basslines and thumping drums, you’ll love DRUIDS!

Once again another great night of music at The Hunter Club, filled with bands that you all need to listen to RIGHT NOW!

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The Fiver @ The Cambridge Junction

Six hugely talented bands played a blinder of a night at the Cambridge Junction last night (12th January) as part of ‘The Fiver’

Influx of Insanity kicked off proceedings with their own brand of rock music. The duo are a completely different beast live compared to the studio versions, with their electric riffs really making the grade. The band are playing BurySOUND this year (23rd Feb). Be sure to check them out as these lot could be the dark horses.

Another band playing BurySOUND this year are BSE’s indie rock threesome THE CATCH. Like many bands, this was the first time I have seen them live, and it certainly won’t be the last. They bamboozled their way through their epic set, playing ARTIST and VEXED in the process. These lot have been tipped to be BSE’s next big thing. Trust me, they are.

Next band up, Pretty Ace. The four-piece girl band were a pleasant surprise to the lineup, performing some great pop-rock tunes like I Wanna Be Your Lover and Lights In The City. The tight unity among the group showed throughout, flowing seamlessly through their setlist, closing with the anthemic Alright Mama, which is already our favourite East Anglian Song of 2018. Keep an eye out for these, and make sure you listen to their new EP!

Alternative trio The Green Brothers were up next and rip-roared their way through a great setlist including the great Who Wants All, and the brilliantly-named track Wetherspoon. The band remind me of Aldeburgh’s Fick As Fieves, with their punchy guitar riffs and the feisty vocals really making their tracks even better live. Check them out on Soundcloud, they’re great!

Gaffa Tape Sandy. You do this every time. This is the third time I’ve seen the loveable trio from BSE and they just get better every time. Alongside the ‘old’ classics Transylvania and Manager were the brand spanking new tracks Turnstile and Fridge, An insanely insane set which makes us at The Music Blog 42 so so excited about their upcoming new music. This was the first time I’d seen them on a big stage, and they definitely belong there.

Green Dolphin rounded out the night with their smooth indie sounds. For a band of their age, they seemed so comfortable on the stage, getting the crowd to throw themselves about to their thrashing tracks. I’d never heard of the band before this gig, but lads, you’ve now got yourself a new fan!

A great night of music as usual in East Anglia, and a night which highlights the outstanding potential so many bands have in the area! Get yourself to one of these in the future!

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Dingus Khan @ The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds

Another Saturday, another Washing Machine at The Hunter Club, and tonight was the long-anticipated live return from Manningtree’s finest Dingus Khan.

Before the main event, four excellent bands entertained the ever-growing crowd.

Colchester’s Nothing. Existed. were up next, however due to transport issues and miscellanous reasons, I unfortunately missed their set apart from their last track. A very different sound to what I and many others have heard at a Washing Machine gig, but ultimately a very fresh and great way to open what was bound to be a superb night of live music. These are definitely a group you need to see to believe, and I for one will definitely go and see these again.

Ugly delighted crowds with their cheeky brand of alternative-indie. The overwhelming highlight of their riff-packed set was the superbly-named The Last Supper At The Regal Wetherspoons, a song dedicated to Cambridge’s Wetherspoons and ‘how atrocious it is’, I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. But anyway, a great set from a band who haven’t performed in Bury for a long long time, and hopefully they’ll be back sooner this time.

Another band who haven’t perfomed at The Hunter Club for quite a while are the incredible Kyanos. They stunned the packed-out venue with their psychedelic sounds. They played tracks from their recently released EP Elevator To Japan, alongside another yet-to-be-released new track So High, which sounds so so good and could easily be their best song yet. A big set from one of the rising talents on the Bury music scene.

Sun Scream, another Bury band, warmed up the crowd with their superb psychedelic alternative rock. The four-piece band ploughed their way through several tracks that sounded incredible, with honourable mentions to their most-loved tracks She and then the set-closer, the thumping Sun Scream which is such a beautifully loud number. The band also teased new music, which as ever, sounds absolutely awesome. Hopefully a headline set is coming soon…

The roaring Dingus Khan closed proceedings with their anthemic headline set and my god, it’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Having been away for a few years, they sounded better than ever belting out their most popular tracks like Ambulance and Plank, with some stunning dance moves to boot. Milk From Every Mammal as ever sounds even better live than on the studio version. The band unfortunately weren’t allowed to use their ever-present giant inflatable swan, however that didn’t detract from their epic hour-long set. Another great track Knifey Spoony was ultimately the highlight from such a great set.

Dingus Khan are well and truly back, and with their new album out in two weeks (they said that their album was delayed because of the new £1 and £5 currency change!), it’s getting better and better for the band.

Please remember to ignore the giant swan in the corner.

Nothing. Existed.’s SoundCloud
Ugly’s SoundCloud
Kyanos SoundCloud
Sun Scream’s SoundCloud
Dingus Khan’s SoundCloud

The next Washing Machine is Saturday 4th November! Featuring the first headline set from SIAH, and the last ever gig from The Virtues!

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Gaffa Tape Sandy and Cathedrals and Cars @ The Hunter Club, BSE

The 10th anniversary of BBC Music Introducing was celebrated at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds on Friday evening (6th October) with interviews and sets from two of the biggest BSE bands, Gaffa Tape Sandy and Cathedrals and Cars.

The night kicked off with short sets from each band, and interviews conducted by the one and only Graeme Mac, with this part of the night being broadcast live on BBC Radio Suffolk. Click here and listen to the show!

Cathedrals and Cars were up first with their full live set and wowed the slowly-filling room with their incredible art rock sound. Highlights of their 30-minute set were the set opener Elevator, the lively Art School and the pleasing The Concierge. The band is currently in the midst of releasing new material, and it’s hotly anticipated since they haven’t released an EP since early 2013, though they did tease a new track called Wheeler Street, which as always sounded amazing. The real highlight of the night was the exhilarating A Piece Of Me Died In Europe, arguably the band’s best track, a darker track than usual but showcases the band’s intelligent songwriting and electrifying riffs.

Gaffa Tape Sandy closed the night with an emphatic set which proved they are the best band in Bury St Edmunds right now, what with coming off the back of playing the Introducing stage at Glastonbury this year. Opening with the classic Smart Dressed Guy (in which frontman Kim Jarvis broke a guitar string) and the acclaimed Water Bottle, the packed crowd moshed and crowd surfed all set long to the euphoric garage rock beats on display. Other highlights from their set include the pounding Transylvania and Pink Neck/Train Wreck, both tracks from their recent EP Spring Killing. The band were quick to shout out their manager Joe Weaver, and present Graeme Mac with a cake to celebrate the 10 years of BBC Music Introducing. The band were supposed to finish with the absolutely huge Beehive, though were called back onto stage by the baying crowd wanting another track. Coming back out, they played another song from Spring Killing, the smooth Collarbones.

An incredible night of live music, but a thankful reminder that without people like Graeme Mac, and the incredible people at the Washing Machine and Hunter Club, there would be no music scene in Bury or even in Suffolk.

The next Washing Machine event is Saturday 21st October where Dingus Khan headline The Hunter Club, with support from Sun Scream and KYANOS!

Gaffa Tape Sandy’s new single Beehive is out 20th October, and will be available on all streaming services and iTunes!

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The 545 @ The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Five of the best bands from in and around East Anglia played an outstanding night at The 545 music event at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday night.

Stone Deepe opened the night with their alternative rock entertaining the growing crowd. If you didn’t turn up early to see these lot, you missed a great set. It was their first time playing in Bury St Edmunds and it certainly won’t be the last. Their setlist was inch-perfect to getting the crowd going, who they thanked for coming. Their set closer Get In Line was a fantastic way to end their inch-perfect set, a proper indie-like sound to it.

Next up were the post-punk sounds of one of Bury St Edmunds’ most promising bands SIAH. Although they are relative newcomers to the BSE music scene, they have a great collection of tracks to work with, especially the beautifully-named Feline Friends and the punchy A French Girl featuring “the angellic voice” of their drummer. Susie Smokes is always a great live song and with their debut record out next year, and an already large following, big things await the band.

The atmospheric indie-pop of Deep City was up next, and it was just a sign that the night was just going to get better and better. It’s no wonder that they are compared to The 1975 with their track Slow sounding like a blend of some of The 1975’s best songs, absolutely fantastic. The Cambridge-based band wowed the crowd with the even-better swag Wht Hppnd. Deep City premiered a ‘new-ish’ track Classic to the crowd, and if that’s anything to go by, they’re with us for the long haul.

Bury St Edmunds stalwarts Cathedrals and Cars were the real highlight of the night with their sophisticated and polished art-rock and a fantastic set which warmed the crowd up for Hollowstar. Notable highlights from their set were the incredible The Concierge and their set closer A Piece of Me Died In Europe. Great songs, great live performance, tonight cemented Cathedrals and Cars as one of the best bands from BSE.

Last up were the headliners Hollowstar, from Cambridge. An absolutely electric set which blew the roof off The Apex. They told the crowd they had only been around for about two years, took me by surprise considering how accomplished and confident they were on stage. Their whole set sounded huge, sandwiched by a passionate speech from their frontman about mental illness, that led into the phenomenal Feel The Burn. The band dedicated their new song All I Gotta Say to their loyal fan base. They said comically that without their fans they’d be “at home wanking and playing FIFA”. Sounding absolutely huge, let’s hope they’re back in Bury St Edmunds sooner rather than later!

A fantastic event as always at The Apex. I’m already looking forward to next year’s 545!

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Suburban Minds @ The Hunter Club, BSE

A great night of live music at The Hunter Club with stellar sets from headliners Suburban Minds, and from Sun Scream, Mandeville and The Getaway.

The night kicked off with the indie funk of The Getaway. A real toe-tapping performance from such a great band, especially considering “their guitarist fucked off to France for the week”. The foursome cracked out some great tunes, notably the tracks Cigarette and Seeing Red, laden with groovy guitar riffs and incredible stage presence from their frontman. A great set to open the show with.

Chelmsford garage rockers Mandeville were up next, and they were next level. It was their first time in Bury St Edmunds, and off the back of this performance, I’m hoping it won’t be the last. Their energetic set was a standout performance of the night, ‘High Roller’ a particular highlight out of a brilliant set of tracks straight off their latest EP Double Denim.

Bury band Sun Scream warmed up the growing crowd with their superb psychedelic alternative rock. The five-piece band ploughed their way through several tracks, opening with the haunting Sun Scream and then the thumping She which is such a great song to hear live, easily one of the best tracks from any BSE band. They are most definitely a band to watch on the Bury music scene.

And then the time came, the headline set from indie rockers Suburban Minds. Opening with the jingly White Things, the band already had the adoring crowd in the palm of their hands. The band rip-roared their way through some old favourites such as Leave It There and Car Seat, though their performance of Sunbreak will live long in the memory.

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Suburban Minds

Suburban Minds then went on to play the rest of their EP in full, with Addicted To A Daydream sounding so much better as a live track. It all got a bit too much for the lead vocalist, who went shirtless halfway through this track. It’s no wonder they are one of Bury’s most loved bands with their rousing choruses and insanely-catchy guitar riffs prevalent in the aforementioned track and in their EP closer Little Miss Modest, made even better with a great light show to accompany the music.

The group then treated the audience to a Weezer mash-up of Say It Ain’t So and Beverly Hills, where the bass guitarist and lead guitarist decided to follow the frontman into going half-clothed. After going off stage after this track, the baying crowd wanted so much more from the band, who instantly came back on stage and performed breakthrough track I Wanna Feel, their first ever single which still sounds so fresh today. At the end of the hectic show, the band said that they were going away for a while, but this will most certainly not be the end for Suburban Minds, who after tonight cemented they are one of the best live bands in Bury St Edmunds.

Suburban Minds Setlist

White Things
Leave It There
Car Seat
Sunbreak
Freak Like Me
Real Fears
Addicted To A Daydream
Little Miss Modest
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Say It Ain’t So/Beverly Hills (Weezer cover)
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I Wanna Feel

The Getaway’s social media: https://www.facebook.com/thegetawayofficia1/
Mandeville’s social media: https://www.facebook.com/mandevilleuk/
Sun Scream’s social media: https://www.facebook.com/sunscreamband/
Suburban Minds social media: https://www.facebook.com/suburbanminds/

Mandeville’s excellent EP Double Denim) is available to buy on https://mandeville.bandcamp.com (available to stream also)

Suburban Minds debut EP I’ll Exist Again When I Wake Up is available to buy on suburbanminds.bigcartel.com (available to stream also)