Gig Reviews

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!

Gig Reviews

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.

Gig Reviews

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!

Features Spotlight

TMB42 Spotlight: ALL WE KNOW

Our Spotlight this week shines on one of the newest bands to hit the Bury St Edmunds music scene in the past year: thrash metal trio ALL WE KNOW.

The band started with founding members Joel Richardson (guitar) and Elliott Morse (bass and vocals) and some friends, wanting to play vastly heavier and technical music than they were before in their previous projects.

ALL WE KNOW released debut track Deprivation in mid-2017, ahead of Charlie Sturgeon (drummer) joining the band. This came after months of rotated line-ups, though now they had finally settled on their ‘sound’.

The trio made their live music debut at one of BSE’s acclaimed Washing Machine nights at The Hunter Club in November alongside local metal-rock legends Janet Street Slaughter. A real test for the band, but they proved on the night they are definitely on course to be a great addition to the local scene.

Tonight, we premiere two BRAND NEW tracks from ALL WE KNOW, Hear Me Out and Fractured. You can listen to them on SoundCloud below:

The first track Hear Me Out starts with a mega guitar riff and absolutely thrashing drumming, roundly complimented by Morse’s harsh roars. It’s a hardcore three-minute thrill ride, as is second track Fractured. If you’re a fan of Architects and Code Orange, you’ll love these two tracks!

The band cite their musical influences from the likes of Architects, Turnstile and Behemoth, which really shines through in their music.

2018 sees the trio want to play more gigs and eventually record their debut EP, and both will most definitely be achieved.

ALL WE KNOW are in Heat 4 of BurySOUND this year against the likes of Cambridgeshire’s shoegaze outfit Lemondaze and alt-rockers Maverick! Heat 4 takes place on Friday 16th February at BSE’s The Hunter Club. Tickets are £5, 6pm doors.

Check out our social media posts for links to ALL WE KNOW’s accounts!