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19/10 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

The past two weeks have seen an incredible amount of new releases from local artists, and here’s our summary of the tracks that you really need to hear!

SOPHIE MAHON – BLACK TIE
After the release of her spellbinding single 2bf and various live performances around the area, Sophie Mahon finally released her debut EP Xenon Nights – Dusk a few weeks ago and it’s awesome. Black Tie is the EP opener, with its synth-laden instrumentals instantly drawing you into the 80’s-inspired art rock anthem. Mahon plays the Bury Fringe Christmas Party on 22nd December at the Constitutional Club.

THE CATCH – KNOW YOU WON’T TRY
With the release of their EP imminent, the lads from The Catch have given us a little taste of what’s to come with latest single Know You Won’t Try proving again why they are one of the best young bands in East Anglia. The track is a more toned down affair compared to previously released tracks Tie Dye and Sort It Out, but again they’ve smashed it out of the park with their infectious lyrics and hard instrumentals.

HOLLOWSTAR – LET YOU DOWN
Arguably Cambridge’s best rock export since Mallory Knox, the ferocious Hollowstar are back again with another teaser in the buildup to the release of their debut album. Let You Down instantly draws you in with an electrifying guitar riff which constantly roams throughout the three minute track. The band are heading out on tour in the next few weeks, head over to their socials for more information.

BESSIE TURNER – NINO
Bessie Turner has definitely made a name for herself this year with headlining festival slots at Latitude and Reading&Leeds and the release of her beautiful debut EP 22:22. Nino is the latest instalment on Turner’s ever-growing discography, showcasing her gorgeous vocals over dreamy indie instrumentals, a style which has seen her touted as a ‘superstar in the making’ by BBC Introducing.

AMONG THE CITIZENS – PRETEND TO BE IN LOVE
Pretend To Be In Love is the latest release from Among The Citizens, a band who have really come of age over the past year. With two EPs, two singles released and an NMG Award already in the bag, it’s no wonder why they are tipped for big things. The title track from their new EP is a Two Door Cinema Club-esque indie pop belter with an incredibly catchy sing-a-long chorus. They play The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds tomorrow night (6:15pm)

THE GLITTER SHOP – CALL THE BANK
Although Call The Bank is a b-side to the soothing Tonic, this track is an absolute banger. Call The Bank is a staple of their enigmatic live performances which have wowed audiences in Norwich and Cambridge most recently. The track is a bit different to what’s been released previously from the trio as guitarist Barny Cutter takes lead vocals. The Glitter Shop play The Hunter Club 3rd November, be there!

SHYER – THE ONLY CURE
Having recently won the indie category at the recent NMG Awards, punchy four-piece rockers Shyer released the triumphant The Only Cure a matter of weeks ago. The simplistic but riveting guitar riff which weaves throughout the track combines nicely with the emotional vocals that makes this easily one of our favourite tracks of the past few months.

FRANKO FRAIZE – STOP ME (FEATURING ALEX JOSEPH)
The finale to his ear-catching EP Lights and Colour, Stop Me shows Franko Fraize at his very best. Fraize teams up with long-term collaborator Alex Joseph (2017’s Side By Side) to produce an epic UK rap track destined to hit your playlists as soon as you listen. The rest of his EP features the heartfelt Queen of Hearts and summer bop Let It Go. It’s well worth a listen!

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Bessie Turner @ The Hunter Club, BSE

A sublime headline set from Bessie Turner entertained a strong crowd at an extremely hot Hunter Club on Saturday evening.

New band on the scene Salvador opened up the evening with their chilled indie-rock sound, songs like Gum Disease and Slow Down really stood out and excitingly enough the band are heading into the studio to record an EP which will be out towards the end of the year. An impressive way to start the evening.

Another act making their Hunter Club debut was indie-pop newcomer James Cooper, who brought along a small legion of fans with him. Anoraks and Blue Eyes were the standout tracks here, though his cover of Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys showed off a more grittier side to his sound. His debut EP released last year was very strong, and it’ll be great to see what he can do in the future.

After sadly pulling out of the Fringe All-Dayer in May, we were VERY excited to see The Interesting Times Gang perform once again after their dazzling set here in January, and once again they proved why they are starting to grab people’s attention around the local scene. Their unique selection of tracks are ultimately catchy with the formidable Wayward Navigator and the intensely brilliant Enough Is Enough capturing the crowd’s imagination right from the start. ITG are definitely a band you need to see whenever you get the chance.

Enterlude burst on to the scene late last year, and ever since then have gone from strength to strength with stellar sets at their BurySOUND heat and at the Fringe All-Dayer, but tonight was a set to remember for sure.
The whole band were on it from the get-go, referencing England’s win over Sweden earlier on in the day asking if there was “anyone from Sweden here”, before launching into several new tracks like I’m Happy Being Miserable which will be on their debut EP which is set to be released towards the end of the year. 
Hurt Yourself
and British Dream sounded as brilliant as ever, with the latter most definitely our favourite song of 2018 so far. These lads have the potential to be a massive success on the local scene, and on tonight’s performance it could be sooner rather than later.

When it was announced last April that Bessie Turner was going to headline her first Washing Machine, we were instantly excited, mainly due to the fact that she has been one of the biggest success stories to come out of the region in years with extensive national radio-play and a truly magical EP release which has captured attention across the country. And as expected, she definitely didn’t disappoint.
Her set was largely based around her debut EP 22:22, opening with the soothing Casa and Big Sleep before exploding into life with cheeky excerpts about how football is coming home and her infatuation with the eyes of English defender John Stones.
The loveable crowd interaction made the gig feel even more intimate, with the bouncy-jazz of In My Room and several new tracks really connecting to the large crowd who instantly fell in love with the charming Turner.
Words You Say closed what was another brilliant night of music, but shows why in only a weeks time Bessie Turner is headlining the Introducing Stage at Latitude. Another accolade to add to an ever-growing list of achievements.

NEXT EVENT: Bury Fringe Fundraiser @ The Constitutional Club featuring STRETCH SOUL GANG, KELODOWN, LUCY GRUBB, SHADLEY HARRIS AND MORE! £5 entry with doors opening at 7pm. BE THERE.

The Music Blog 42 are proud to announce our first ever gig night at The Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 18th August.. Joining the line-up are BSE psych-rockers SUN SCREAM, BurySOUND 2018 winners INFLUX OF INSANITY and more to be announced very very soon! Details to be confirmed shortly.

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EP Reviews

Bessie Turner: 22:22 review

Bessie Turner proves why she is one of the most exciting new artists in the UK with her stunning debut EP 22:22, released on Don’t Try Records.

Hailing from Ipswich, Turner had an extraordinary 2017 after uploading debut single Big Sleep to BBC Introducing, her extraordinary talents have been broadcast on national radio, playing live sets for the likes of Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq and amassing a several thousand streams on Spotify in the process.

Her debut EP has been eagerly anticipated and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. Opening with the sparse, calming instrumentals of Casa, the EP explodes into life with the alternative-rock of Words You Say with it’s infectious drum beats and Turner’s delicately perfect vocals really hitting home.

It’s hard to see past Abseil being her best song to date however, a really strong folk-pop track which captures the strong emotions Turner is trying to convey throughout her EP, emotions that are at the forefront of the jazz-influenced track In My Room which is about struggling with loneliness (proceeds from the single went to mental health charity MIND).

Big Sleep is also a firm favourite with Turner’s soothing vocals really lifting off accompanied with some driving folk instrumentals. Closing track Milky sees a raw side to the production, showing off beautiful harmonies and candid instrumentals that round out an EP that is going to be remembered for years to come.

If 2017 was anything to go by, 2018 is going to be massive for Bessie Turner. With support slots for the likes of Baxter Dury and The Libertines already pencilled in for the summer, Bessie Turner is most definitely a star in the making, and based on 22:22, she’s set to go very very far.

Bessie Turner plays The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 7th July with support from Enterlude and the Interesting Times Gang. Tickets available on the Washing Machine Facebook page!