Track Reviews

Track Review: The Green Brothers – Something To Lose

Alternative-punk trio The Green Brothers have finally released their debut single Something To Lose and it’s a really great introduction to the band.

The trio have previously released tracks on SoundCloud however this is the first track available on all platforms, and it’s a track well worthy of that status.

Something To Lose opens with a belter of an introduction with a super bass solo accompanied by thrashing drums straight before the high-tempo laid-back vocals kick in. The song follows this same pattern throughout to great effect which leads into ferocious instrumentals towards the end of the track.

The Green Brothers have been playing a lot of shows recently, notably at The Cambridge Junction’s Fiver nights supporting Gaffa Tape Sandy and The Lost Volts and in venues around London.

2018 looks to be a good year for the band, with their aim being to gig as much as possible and to release moe tracks throughout the coming months!

Something To Lose is a real statement of intent from The Green Brothers, it’s available on all platforms, and the music video is available on their Facebook page!

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Track Review: Polly Haynes – I’m Fine

Essex-based singer Polly Haynes released her debut single on Friday (30th March) and it’s fair to say it’s a great track.

Haynes has been on the local scene for a while now, having reached the UK Open Mic finals and played countless gigs around the region.

Her debut EP is set for release at some point over the year, and off the back of her debut single I’m Fine, it’s set to be one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

The jazz-inspired instrumentals which opens I’m Fine sets the scene to what is a very artistic track, complimented by the unique but powerful vocals by Haynes that takes the track to new heights, as well as the electric guitar riff which is a joy to be heard as the song progresses.

As soon as we hear word on when the EP is out we’ll give you details, but for now, enjoy this track because not only is it incredibly brilliant, it shows that Haynes is definitely a talent to keep an eye out for for the rest of the year.

I’m Fine is the new single from Polly Haynes. Available on all streaming platforms and iTunes.

She also helps run promotions company ‘Pink Shed’ with partner Tom Eyers. Check out their Facebook page: @pinksheduk

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Track Review: The Glitter Shop – Sleep

Bury St Edmunds Rock City’s The Glitter Shop are back with another brilliant grunge-pop banger Sleep.

Following on from the release of 2017’s ear worm of a track Fizz and the beautiful Alive, the trio are back with a bang with the sweet and dreamy Sleep.

The track sees the band take inspiration from the likes of The XX and Turnover in creating a cinematic, feel-good track, combining the melodic guitar riffs, from guitarist Barny Cutter, with fuzzy synths coupled with the great harmonies throughout the track from bassist Harry Dale and keyboardist Ruby Smith.

The whole composition of the track is put together brilliantly, the track has a great tempo throughout with the instrumentals really complimenting the soft and delicate vocals.

A fan favourite already from their glorious live sets, Sleep is a welcome addition to their ever-growing discography.

The band have various live dates coming up and you seriously don’t want to miss them, especially their gig with indie outfit Thyla and the Bury Fringe All-Dayer (all dates on their social media).

Sleep is a brilliant track and it deserves thousands of listens. We absolutely love it, and from what I’ve heard, there’s still a lot more to come from the lovely trio.

NOW LISTEN TO: Alive – the stunning b-side to their debut track Fizz.

THE GLITTER SHOP play the Vinyl Hunter Blast-Off tomorrow afternoon with SUN SCREAM, BLUE MEAN EYES and more. From 12-6pm and it’s absolutely FREE!

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Track Review: Tundra – Swimming Shorts

One of the Bury St Edmunds music scene’s most exciting bands get set to release their EP Life’s A Beach on April 27th and the first single from it comes in the form of Swimming Shorts and it is quite frankly a tune of the highest quality.

Getting straight to it, if this track is an indicator of the overall quality we’ll be getting across the whole EP then its gonna be without a doubt one of the stand out releases this year.

The intro to the song consists of clean guitar lines, a laid back and groovy drum beat and spacey vocal melodies that give off a real anthemic and sing-along vibe. This opening section see’s the band construct a perfect precursor to the whole song as what follows is a pause from the band, a four count and then the pacy and punchy verse kicks right in. The vocal melodies continue throughout the verse as the whole band swing their way through top class chord progression right before they break things down and go back to the clean guitar work and drum beat of the intro.

This time the intro is used again but as a build up to the last part of the song as the guitar and drum work gather more and more energy throughout this part. On top of that there’s an awesome vocal trade off between the bands two vocalists that really showcases superbly the qualities of both their voices. Once they reach the end of this part the band release an almighty crescendo as the chord progressions are backed by a heavily distorted guitar, some highly energetic drumming and superb bass playing. A world class way to finish a world class track.

Every band member is putting in performances of the highest level here and when those performances join forces, you get something truly special and something truly special is exactly what Swimming Shorts is!

If you’re somehow not already extremely excited about Tundra’s forthcoming EP then this track is certainly gonna change that for the better.


Review by Joel Richardson


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Track Review: Stretch Soul Gang – Open Up Your Eyes

We are so so pleased to be premiering the new track from Stretch Soul Gang: Open Up Your Eyes.

Off the back of a great 2017 for the band which saw them narrowly miss out on winning BurySOUND and releasing their first single Ain’t Got No Money, the Gang are back with another enthralling track which will get you off your seat and dancing away.

Open Up Your Eyes is the first track from four soon-to-be-released tracks which will make up the group’s first ever EP.

Stretch Soul Gang got together in 2014 and have been grafting ever since, honing their original music, taking inspiration from the likes of Earth Wind & Fire, Anderson Paak and A Tribe Called Quest.

The song starts off with smooth saxophones and hand-clapping before lead vocalist’s Alfie Row’s trademark vocals kick in. His voice combined with groovy baselines and the rapped verses from Jamie Hicks really shows why Stretch Soul Gang are one of the most loved bands in Suffolk.

A staple of their live sets (which you all really need to get to), Open Up Your Eyes is an enjoyable, funky gem of a track. And like we said before, there’s still way more to come from Sudbury’s Stretch Soul Gang, and we can’t wait for it.

Band Members:
Alfie Row- Guitar/Lead Vocals
Jamie Hicks – Rap
Benjamin Mason – Tenor Sax/Backing Vocals
Louis Hicks – Alto Sax
Max Bridges- Bass
Camden Clarke – Drums/Backing Vocals

Open Up Your Eyes by Stretch Soul Gang is out TOMORROW (30th March) on all platforms!

The song was recorded at their drummer Camden Clarke’s studio, click the link here to find out more:

Upcoming Shows:
1st April – supporting Huey Morgan @ The Bassment, Chelmsford
30th April – Neil’s Jazz and Blues in West Kensington, London
9th June – Homegrown Festival, Barrow nr. Bury St Edmunds

Be sure to check out our track reviews tomorrow (30th March) of TUNDRA’s Swimming Shorts and The Glitter Shop’s Sleep!

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Track Review: Paint Nothing – You Can’t See Me

We’re so so pleased to premiere the new Paint Nothing track You Can’t See Me, easily one of our songs of the year so far.

Paint Nothing are a relatively new band on the local scene, hailing from Cambridge. This is the latest venture from many of the band members who were part of the recently-defunct band xBomb Factory.

You Can’t See Me is a terrifyingly intimidating track which is about ‘the unhealthy relationship between the people on either side of the screen’.

The instrumentals set up the meaning of the song well, especially the staccato guitars to open the track which really connects with frontman Jack’s roaring vocals. The guitars swarm the track throughout, as does the stabbing drums which make this easily one of our songs of the year.

The band have previously released a limited edition EP but this is the first track available on all streaming services. They’ve also played with the likes of IDLES, one of the best post-punk bands around at the moment.

You Can’t See Me is an epic of a track for a debut. For this to be their first track proves that they have enormous potential, and with an album on the way later this year, expect to hear more and more from Cambridge’s new post-punk heroes.

You Can’t See Me is officially out on 23rd March (tomorrow).

Check out their website: for all the latest news from the band and for their social media links!

Upcoming gigs: 6th April at The Blue Moon, Cambridge

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Track Review: Tom Lumley – Skyhigh

Tom Lumley’s new track Skyhigh, released on the 15th March, is without a doubt one of the best tracks from the Cambridgeshire frontman.

Following on from the release of 2017’s huge indie-rock banger Just Like The Light, Lumley is back on top form once again with a track that will leave you wanting more and more.

The track’s chorus is bound to get stuck in your head from the first listen, as is the infectious guitar riff which flows through the track from the get-go, the St-Ives based singer is really on to a winner with Skyhigh.

His trademark raspy vocals give his tracks a rougher, gritty edge which is something what is rarely heard of now within the indie rock scene, the frontman nails it in every single one of his releases so far.

Before the track’s release last Thursday (15th March), Lumley and his band toured the UK with dates in cities like Sheffield and Manchester, rounding off with a sell-out show at Cambridge’s Portland Arms.

Selling out the Portland Arms is just one of his career highlights so far, having supported The Hunna at Cambridge Junction last April and playing various festivals in 2017.

Tom Lumley is on to bigger things now, and Skyhigh is most definitely his statement of intent. He’s soaring at the moment, and he’s definitely one to watch.

SKYHIGH is out on iTunes and all streaming services now!

For the latest news from Tom, check out his Facebook /TomLumleyMusic and Twitter @TomLumleyMusic!

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Track Review: The Catch – Tie Dye

The Music Blog 42 are pleased to premiere Tie Dye, the latest single from the upcoming BSE band The Catch!

Following on from their EP release 03. last year which included the phenomenal Artist and even better Vexed, The Catch are back with their rampant indie rock sounds with Tie Dye.

Tie Dye is a barnstorming two and a half minutes worth of melodic guitar riffs and powerful vocals culminating in one of the best tracks to have come out of the local scene for years. An infectious rhythm coupled in with such a catchy chorus, which sees lead vocalist Adam Levey’s voice really soar, makes this The Catch’s best song to date.

The track ticks all the boxes for an indie rock banger. Another track is set for release later in the year, we’re already buzzing to hear it!

With the band in Heat 5 of BurySOUND on 23rd February, can they follow in the footsteps of fellow indie heavyweights Suburban Minds and win? I wouldn’t bet against it after this track.

Tie Dye is released tomorrow (23rd February) on all streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes etc. Follow the band’s social media accounts for links!

The Catch are also playing Heat 5 of BurySOUND at The Hunter Club tomorrow! Tickets are £5 OTD, first band is on at 6:15pm. Get down and support some great local talent!

We ran our SPOTLIGHT feature on The Catch a few weeks ago, read it here!

Track Reviews

Track Review: Me and The Moon – It’s Alright

Me and The Moon are back with their new single It’s Alright and it’s a quality indie pop tune!

The band consists of Tamara Grzegorzek (vocals), Jonny Elstone (guitar) and Alex Archer (drums), and have been together since mid-2015. Since then, they’ve released a debut EP and several singles, as well as supporting other upcoming bands like Flyte and Marscians.

The new track It’s Alright kicks off with a sticky guitar riff, punchy drums and Grzegorzek’s soothing, reassuring vocals which compliment each other throughout.

The Guildford-based trio weave through the verse before tackling a mammoth of a chorus, filled with erupting, gorgeous synths and ever-stunning vocals and harmonies.

MATM like to combine their upbeat indie-pop sound with more downbeat lyrical content, and it’s no different here with the lead singing about internal conflicts, and it well and truly pays off.

It’s Alright is a confident, bright and compelling indie-pop track, made even better with the strong, emotive vocals from Grzegorzek.

Me and The Moon are a band on the rise, and having already released two absolute bangers on DIY label My Little Empire Records, we’re excited to hear what else they conjure up in the near future!

Listen to it on SoundCloud now:

Tour dates:
21/02: Edge of the Wedge – Portsmouth
22/02: Secret Location – Sofar Sounds Colchester
27/02: The Star – Guildford
28/02: The Star – Guildford SOLD OUT
06/03: The Stag and Hounds – Bristol
07/03: Gwidhw – Cardiff
08/03: Heartbreakers – Southampton
09/03: The Rep – Ipswich
13:03: The Prince Albert – Brighton

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Track Review: Heathen – Eye In The Sky

East Anglian band Heathen released their debut original track Eye In The Sky on Friday (19th February) and it’s safe to say it’s epic!

The six-piece group started out as a rock covers band, covering tracks by the legendary likes of Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And after learning this, I feel like this has really helped find their sound since they’ve started writing original tracks.

In 2017, the band started to write original material and have produced an EP called Bite The Bullet which is due for release later in the year.

Eye In The Sky is the lead track from the soon-to-be-released EP, and after listening to this, I can’t wait to hear what else they’ve been working on! A classic rock track with triumphant, passionate vocals, Eye In The Sky is a two and a half minute whirlwind filled with jaw-dropping guitar riffs and brilliantly-honed guitar melodies which really help bring the track together.

A fantastic debut track from Heathen. Touted as “Suffolk’s premier rock covers band” by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, now the band are out for original success. And with this track, they’re off to a winner already!

Buy the track on iTunes here:

Heathen band members:
Greg Smith – Lead Vocals
John Turner – Lead Guitar
Steve Smith – Drums
Boli Boland – Bass Guitar
Dave Hetherington – Rhythm Guitar
Jack Turner – Rhythm Guitar

Social Media links:

Heathen are taking part in BurySOUND this year, competing on 9th February in Heat 3 at Haverhill Arts Centre! Kicking off at 6pm and only £5 a ticket! Come along!