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The Music Blog 42 EP Of The Year

2019 has been a strong year for the local scene and the EPs released this year shows the local scene is in a good place for the years ahead.

Below is a very condensed round of this year’s Top 10 EPs as voted for by you! The votes were very very close on this one!

10. Too Cool Kid – The Candidate
Cambridgeshire’s Too Cool Kid released an ambitious effort this year with an EP based around a fictional political, inspired by the sounds of Bowie and Radiohead.

9. GrassRoof – GUYAKA
Cambridge Band Competition winners GrassRoof blew everyone away with their mind-bending psych-rock EP GUYAKA, their finest work to date.

8. WRECK – Dusty Knees
Emerging from a growing Norwich scene, surf-punk heroes WRECK released one of the best debut EPs this year with Lost My Weed and Six Hours In becoming instant favourites.

7. Deep City – CIRCUIT
Indie-pop quartet Deep City released the cohesive CIRCUIT which features some of their most technical tracks to date including The 1975-inspired thoughtofmind. and indie-dance hit The Box.

6. Caswell – Blindside
Breakout star Caswell has had a stormer of a year after winning a national competition to support Ed Sheeran in Ipswich in August. Blindside is further proof she is a star in the making.

5. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Family Mammal
The long-awaited second EP from Gaffa Tape Sandy earned national praise on release for their memorable garage-rock hits like Headlights, Kill The Chord and new single My Desperate House.

4. The Daze – Stares Like Stone
Newcomers to the local scene, punk foursome The Daze released their awesome debut EP under the stewardship of Queens Road Studio. The band are ones to watch in 2020.

3. KYANOS – Lost In Blue
The follow-up to 2017’s Elevator to Japan, KYANOS fused jazz, psychedelia and alternative rock together to create one of the most ambitious and successful EPs of 2019.

2. SubStation – The Yellow One
Another band from the Queens Road Studio, SubStation’s debut EP made a lasting impression on the local scene with deep, thoughtful lyrics and interesting instrumentation.

The Music Blog 42 EP of the Year is…
1. Salvador – Salvador

The self-titled debut EP from Framlingham’s Salvador propelled the indie-pop band to be known names within the local scene within a matter of months. Tracks like Ordinary Love and Gum Disease shows the band at their best, making intense and emotive tracks. Having had extensive radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk, the band were picked to support Ed Sheeran in August at Chantry Park. Salvador will be looking to build on this 2020 with more new music and live performances.

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Track Review: History & Lore – St. Claire

Cambridgeshire’s leading indie band History & Lore exceed expectations once again with their beautiful new track St. Claire.

Ever-present in their hit-filled setlists, St. Claire is a track which really ups the tempo of their live performances and definitely gets their gig-goers moving.

The first twenty seconds of the track grab you instantly, the lonely sounds of drum and synth soon cascade into a wall of catchy guitar riffs and dreamy synth lines.

St. Claire is easily the best vocal performance on a track from frontman Danny Kingsley since 2017’s Black Eyes. His emotive vocals throughout leads into an anthemic chorus, which is arguably the catchiest of the year so far.

After a year of winning the BurySOUND Rising Star award and playing gigs for Radio X and BBC Introducing, it’s clear that they have bags of potential, especially after releasing what could be the best track out of Cambridge this year.

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04/01 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

2019 is here but let’s not forget that 2018 was another standout year for this region’s music scene. Here’s another one of our updated playlists featuring some of the hottest new tracks from the area’s best acts.

Monster Florence – Famous People Die The Most
The Ipswich-based music collective had a breakthrough year in 2018 with the release of their debut album Foul, with Famous People Die The Most standing out as their best song to date. With indie and rock being hugely popular locally, Monster Florence are a group who are spearheading a thriving hip-hop scene coming out of Ipswich at the moment alongside Morgan Swann and A.N.G.

KULK – Jaded
Having played a live show nearly every week in 2018, the formidable noise duo of KULK treated us to a much-needed double release towards the end of the year. Having gained plaudits from many around the area, tracks like Jaded are part of the reason why they are one of the most appreciated groups around at the moment. 

Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison – Modern Age
Recently shortlisted on It’s All Indie’s Sounds of 2019 list, Tom Lumley and his backing band The Brave Liaison returned in early December with the action-packed anthem Modern Age. The track’s antagonising instrumentals and roaring vocals are a world away from Lumley’s singer-songwriter roots. With new music almost certainly on the way, Tom Lumley will be a name on everyone’s lips by the end of the year.

Sun Scream – Big Red Lazy Sun
Part of their stunning vinyl EP of the same name, psych-rockers Sun Scream’s 2018 consisted of two EP releases, a debut vinyl pressing and a slot at Latitude Festival. Big Red Lazy Sun is their most relaxed track to date maintaining a chilled pace throughout. The band recently headlined the Bury Fringe Christmas Party and will be looking to build on last year’s success in 2019. 

Lucy Grubb – Dear Walter 
The winner of 2018’s Bury Songwriters Competition, Norfolk’s Lucy Grubb released her mesmerising second EP late last year and the title track Dear Walter showcases why she was a deserving winner. With minimal instrumentals and an emotive vocal performance throughout, her ability to write a song is simply effortless making Grubb another name to look out for over the year.

Enterlude – British Dream
The runaway winner of our recent Track of the Year vote, Enterlude introduced a new sound to the local scene with the synth-driven indie track British Dream. Drawing comparisons with the likes of INXS and Blossoms, the band are currently writing new material which will be recorded very soon. Keep an eye out for it!

Blue Mean Eyes – Manic To Magic
After playing a vast number of shows over the summer, Blue Mean Eyes finally released their debut album towards the end of 2018. Crowd favourite Manic To Magic stood out almost instantly with its driving chorus and simple singalong lyrics. With more shows planned for 2019, the trio are a band who are not just incredible on record but live too.

The Islas – Support Band
Norwich’s The Islas completed their debut EP A Generation To Forget with the swaggering Support Band, a track which holds a firm two fingers up to bands with ‘recycled thoughts’. The boys sure know how to write a cracking guitar riff and the opening to Support Band is probably the best you’ll hear all year. Big things expected in 2019 from The Islas, and hopefully they return to play Bury again soon!

 

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EP of the Year 2018 vote

2018 has been an awesome year for East Anglian music with some great tracks released which have seen vast media attention across the country.
Here’s some of our favourite EP’s or albums that have been released this year, now it’s YOUR time to vote for your favourite.
The EP with the highest vote will win the chance to play their EP in full at one of our ‘The Music Blog Presents…’ nights at The Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds in 2019.
For the chance to win a guestlist pass for all of our 2019 gigs, enter your name and email address when you finish! (This is purely to contact you if you win, this information will not be shared)
VOTE CLOSES FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER AT MIDNIGHT.
Click on the link here to vote for your favourite: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S539LHF
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Track of the Year 2018 vote

2018 has been an awesome year for East Anglian music with some great tracks released which have seen vast media attention across the country.
Here’s some of our favourite tracks that have been released this year, now it’s YOUR time to vote for your favourite.
The top three highest votes will win the chance to play one of our ‘The Music Blog Presents…’ nights at The Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds in 2019.
For the chance to win a guestlist pass for all of our 2019 gigs, enter your name and email address when you finish! (This is purely to contact you if you win, this information will not be shared)
VOTE CLOSES FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER AT MIDNIGHT.
Click the link here to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S3ZM2HJ

Here are the nominees:

Among The Citizens – Words Mean Nothing

BAILEY – The Future

Basement Strippers – Blindfold

The Baskervilles – Blood In My Mouth

Bessie Turner – Nino

The Catch – Tie Dye

Deep City – Pain Killer

Enterlude – British Dream

Fick As Fieves – Outstayed

The Fifths – They Should

Franko Fraize (ft. Alex Joseph) – Stop Me

Gaffa Tape Sandy – Meat Head

The Glitter Shop – Tonic

Goldblume – We All Know Why and Who

Influx of Insanity – Violet

The Islas – Somewhere In Between

Monster Florence – Famous People Die The Most

Oranje – Cool Girl

Pink Lemonade – Space Girl

Rubber Jaw – Feeling Funny

Sam Eagle – 15/8

Stretch Soul Gang – Open Up Your Eyes

Sun Scream – Extract

Tom Lumley – Skyhigh

Tundra – Swimming Shorts

 

Listen to all of the tracks above on this Spotify playlist: