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June’s The Fiver @ Cambridge Junction

June’s edition of The Fiver saw a very strong line-up of six great local bands play at Cambridge Junction.

A band who are no strangers to the Junction stage are rock duo Influx of Insanity, having won the Cambridge Band Competition there a few months ago. Since seeing them for the first time in January it’s fair to say the boys have really grown in confidence and tonight proved it with a professional set and getting the crowd to interact during songs. At such a young age, Influx of Insanity are the most exciting band emerging out of Cambridge at the moment.

Making their Cambridge Junction debut were pop-punk trio ASBESTØS off the back of playing around the Cambridge gig circuit the past few months. They recently released their new EP Monochrome and their set featured many songs from it, including the short and sweet Futue te Ipsum and crowd pleaser Liar Liar. It’s great to hear a band that has such a retro 00’s pop-punk sound to them, it’s exciting to see what the next year holds for them.

One band who we always love seeing are The Catch, a band who really captivated the crowd during their set. The trio played a slightly varied set to what they played at Homegrown Festival a week ago with a new track and Vexed thrown in for good measure. The energy from the band was a joy to watch, especially in soon-to-be released track Hindsight and the raucous Tie Dye. It’s always great to see a band have fun up on stage, and with The Catch turning heads at every gig they play, it won’t be long until we see them headline their own show.

Another group who made their Junction debut were Bedford’s Basement Strippers who are slowly making a name for themselves locally with their energetic set. The band announced tonight that their new EP will be released in September, and on tonight’s showing we can’t wait to hear it. The set featured tracks from their 2017 EP The Exotic Show, with the title track and Standing At The Bridge putting smiles on everyone’s faces. As a live band, you won’t see many better than Basement Strippers this year.

If you’re a fan of full-bodied indie rock then you’ll love Tantris who whipped the crowd into a frenzy during their set. In their songs you can really distinguish their influences which range from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club, especially in tracks like Alcoholic and Radioactive Girl, whilst also playing new material. A really tight-knit performance from Tantris.

Another band that competed in the Cambridge Band Competition were electro-rock quartet Lunar Echoes. Although they played in front of a slightly smaller crowd, this didn’t stop them producing a great performance which included the Cambridge 105 NMG Chart-stormer Stockholm Syndrome and ace track Neon. The band have recently been in the studio recording some new tunes, so watch this space!

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Best Of The Rest – Part 1

It’s safe to say that these past few months have been slightly busy with reviews of the latest tracks and EPs from around the region, and a fair few releases have slipped through the net! So here is a brand new feature giving you a round-up of all the music we haven’t reviewed over the past few months…

Heathen – Bite The Bullet
After releasing debut single Eye In The Sky, which is still in the Cambridge 105 Unsigned Chart, Heathen released their full-length EP at the start of May. The band have used influences from the material they cover during their live sets to produce a great hard rock EP with some catchy tracks like Jaywalker and Two Wrongs. Heathen headline Homegrown Festival on Friday 8th June.

Noah Evans – See It Through
It’s fair to say that the local acoustic scene is really thriving at the moment after the recent brilliant Bury Songwriters Competition, and this great track from young star Noah Evans is proof that it is! A real feel good track with some great instrumentals and Noah’s smooth vocals makes this one of our songs of the year. Being only 13, it’s exciting to see what’s to come for Noah over the coming few years.

Asbestos – Monochrome
Bringing back the classic 90’s/00’s pop-punk sounds of Green Day and Blink-182, Asbestos  have produced a fun EP with memorable vocals and thrashing instrumentals that will be stuck in your head for weeks on end, the best track on here is easily the glorious Liar Liar. The band have already got a fair amount of gigs under their belt and have several coming up, go see them if you’re in the Cambridgeshire area.

Melody Causton – Another Voice
A soothing presence on a guitar-heavy music scene, Melody Causton’s Another Voice is a beautiful acoustic-folk number which is most definitely her best release to date. With fresh-sounding instrumentals and Causton’s sweet, rich vocals combining to make a track that is a delight to listen to. Melody has a few live dates coming up, so go to her social media accounts for more info!

In My Disguise – Alone With You
There’s some awesome rock music coming out of Ipswich at the moment, and In My Disguise’s second EP epitomises that. Clarity shows off a gentler side to the band before launching into the Royal Blood-influenced riffs of Sovereign and Inside Out, the title track is what you really need to hear though, a six-minute rock rampage that proves that this EP is one of the best releases this year.

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