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Track Reviews

Track Review: Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison – Chardonnay

After a memorable start to the year already, Cambridgeshire-based frontman Tom Lumley is back with his awesome new single Chardonnay (via North Acre Records)

Chardonnay is the debut single from Lumley and his ever-present backing band ‘The Brave Liaison’. After touring with the band for a few years, the former singer-songwriter decided to make them a mainstay in his work as “their personality and performances have massively contributed to our popularity.”

The track is in the same vein as previous single Modern Age showcasing his instantly recognisable vocals over incredibly-tight guitar work and heavy riffs. This is a sound that the band have been developing over the past year and it is well and truly paying off.

As well as being an alternative-rock anthem, it’s also a stark warning to people about the dangers of alcoholism and depression. Lumley hopes this track is a reminder to people that anyone could be going through these problems, and it’s important to reach out to others going through similar issues.

To help promote the new single, the band have been touring up and down the country over the past week culminating in a sold-out hometown show and a trip to the Camden Monarch, alongside several festival appearances this summer including Tramlines.

Off the back of this and his past few singles, it seems like there is no stopping Tom Lumley and The Brave Liaison. The future looks bright…

Written by Marc Manning


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EP Reviews

Sun Scream: Take It Easy review

The debut EP from psychedelic alt-rockers Sun Scream is a mind-blowing twelve minutes of dreamy instrumentals and powerful vocals.

It’s been a long time coming for new music from the band, having released two tracks in early 2017 which gained support from BBC Introducing and nationwide radio play on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.

Sun Scream also embarked on playing various shows around the South, with shows in London, Brighton and East Anglia, whilst recording their debut EP at Church Road Studios with Theo Varney in Brighton.

Extract was the first track released from their EP, a ferocious track with an ecstatic combination of thundering guitars and drums. The track was premiered on Steve Lamacq’s 6music show, and it’s clear to see why. Extract is a true statement of intent from the band. And that guitar riff throughout is just insanely good. Like, too good.

Instrumental track Marmalade is a gorgeous bubbling track which flows straight into the euphoria of Samsara, a slow-building track which starts off with lonely guitar chords but transgresses into an explosion of psychedelic sounds which fuses together to make this Sun Scream’s best track yet.

Take It Easy, the title track and fan-favourite, rounds off the EP. A much more gentle, toned down end to the EP compared to the other tracks, but still great in it’s own right. Instrumentally it’s beautiful, but the real winner here are the vocals from lead James Green, which really blends well with the mellow guitar riffs that makes this track a completely different beast.

2018 is looking to be the best year yet for the band, with a live date at The Hunter Club tomorrow night (7th April) supporting F.O.X, and also supporting Californian band Levitation Room in May. With more live dates coming and this belter of an EP, it’s safe to say Sun Scream are a band on the up.

Band Members:
Vocals/guitar – James Green
Bass – Tom Lawrence
Guitar – Emily Wallace
Drums/Synth – Jamie Robertson

Take It Easy, the new EP from Sun Scream is OUT NOW!

Links on how to listen to it are below:
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7IWkEM7nFvEws2yBASlnCN?si=utKJKQ5OSfm_AlXpKi4KKw

Bandcamp – https://sunscreamband.bandcamp.com/album/take-it-easy

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/take-it-easy-ep/1367616346

Twitter: @SunScreamBand

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Gig Reviews

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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Gig Reviews

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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live

Homegrown Festival Showcase @ The Hunter Club

An outstanding night of live music at The Hunter Club proved that East Anglia has some of the most diverse and extraordinary talents in the UK music scene.

The night, hosted by Barrow’s Homegrown Festival, kicked off with Cambridgeshire’s own Tom Lumley. The singer, along with his very own backing band, proved to be the perfect warm-up for the night ahead with his mix of indie-pop packed with electric riffs and anthemic lyrics, a real crowd pleaser. It’s no wonder why he has already supported acts like The Hunna in recent months. Having recently released a new single Just Like The Light and with last night (29th September) being the first date of a tour which covers the length of the UK, there’s no reason why Lumley can’t go on to become an even bigger name in not only East Anglia but nationally. This was his first gig in Bury St Edmunds, and hopefully there is more to come.

Next up to the fold were Ipswich’s Underline The Sky. In a set which was unfortunately marred by technical difficulties, though this was not the fault of the band, they pulled off an excellent set which really got the crowd going. The band have a great back catalogue of music, having released one full=length record and several EPs, and their setlist proved it, rip-roaring their way through their 30 minute slot. Though their own songs were excellent, the ear-catching part of their set was their pop-punk take on Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together, a fantastic cover. Underline The Sky undoubtedly put on a great show, aside from the few problems. The wait for even more new music continues…

Sudbury’s smooth groving Stretch Soul Gang were the next band to showcase their talents, and they totally did. A packed crowd danced their way through an astonishing set from such a unique group, not many people can say they’ve seen a soul/hip-hop/jazz group. No word of a lie, they are possibly one of the best bands I’ve actually seen live… excellent showmanship, inch-perfect falsettos, soothing basslines, and a great set of songs like the tunes Ain’t Got No Money and Sharks at the Wheel prove that Stretch Soul Gang are one of the most promising acts in the East. They had the audience in the palm of their hand, and there’s no doubt that in the not-so-distant future they’ll be entertaining even bigger crowds, and playing even bigger stages.

Last to entertain the packed out venue were Aldeburgh’s Fick As Fieves and they rounded off a superb night of live music with a bang, The trio’s indie rock lifted the room, a very polished performance. The band’s music appears on Spotify’s The Indie List, and it’s no surprise off of the back of this performance with their energetic stage presence, catchy riffs and pounding drums. Having formed only a year ago, it’s fair to say that the trio have come a long way in such a short space of time. The band teased us with new material which sounded just as good as their current work like Label Us and Insomnia. Championed by BBC Introducing Suffolk, they are definitely set for bigger things.

An exciting night showcasing some of the best musical talents in East Anglia. A huge shoutout to the people at Homegrown Festival for organising the event, same again next year?

 

Homegrown Festival 2018 tickets are on sale NOW on the link below!
http://homegrownfest.co.uk/tickets/4592101812