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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!

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Track Reviews

Track Review: Me and The Moon – It’s Alright

Me and The Moon are back with their new single It’s Alright and it’s a quality indie pop tune!

The band consists of Tamara Grzegorzek (vocals), Jonny Elstone (guitar) and Alex Archer (drums), and have been together since mid-2015. Since then, they’ve released a debut EP and several singles, as well as supporting other upcoming bands like Flyte and Marscians.

The new track It’s Alright kicks off with a sticky guitar riff, punchy drums and Grzegorzek’s soothing, reassuring vocals which compliment each other throughout.

The Guildford-based trio weave through the verse before tackling a mammoth of a chorus, filled with erupting, gorgeous synths and ever-stunning vocals and harmonies.

MATM like to combine their upbeat indie-pop sound with more downbeat lyrical content, and it’s no different here with the lead singing about internal conflicts, and it well and truly pays off.

It’s Alright is a confident, bright and compelling indie-pop track, made even better with the strong, emotive vocals from Grzegorzek.

Me and The Moon are a band on the rise, and having already released two absolute bangers on DIY label My Little Empire Records, we’re excited to hear what else they conjure up in the near future!

Listen to it on SoundCloud now:

Tour dates:
21/02: Edge of the Wedge – Portsmouth
22/02: Secret Location – Sofar Sounds Colchester
27/02: The Star – Guildford
28/02: The Star – Guildford SOLD OUT
06/03: The Stag and Hounds – Bristol
07/03: Gwidhw – Cardiff
08/03: Heartbreakers – Southampton
09/03: The Rep – Ipswich
13:03: The Prince Albert – Brighton

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Gig Reviews

BurySOUND Heat 1 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Organ Of Corti smashed their way through to the BurySOUND final with their barnstorming set at Heat 1 of the competition.

The trio were announced as winners of the night, after sets from soloists Ben Wheatley and Noah Evans, Cambridge’s Deep City and BSE’s Enterlude.

Ben Wheatley, from Thetford, kicked off the night with his acoustics, and he was really rather good at it. The tracks Trigger and Love Game were great highlights from his set, especially to differentiate from the more slower numbers like Gentlemen. Ben is hoping to be releasing his debut EP soon, and hopefully he’ll be back at The Hunter Club in the near future!

Cambridge indie pop foursome Deep City were up next. Having seen them before at The Apex and also having listened to their latest EP 15:16 religiously, I was excited to hear them on a smaller stage. There’s no denying that the band have a great presence on stage and a great selection of tracks to perform, especially the insanely good Time and Slow. All this helped by the use of a loop pedal which really shows off the band’s talents.

One of the newest bands on the Bury scene were up next in Organ of Corti. The trio really took me by surprise, mainly due to the fact I’m not really a fan of the type of music they make but I was completely hooked from the first song. All three members of the group looked in their element, and their vocalist has such a great voice. I seriously can’t wait to see them on a bigger stage, hopefully, they’ll sound even better.

One of the youngest entries in the competition this year was 13 year old Noah Evans. As soon as he took to the stage, the packed crowd were hooked with his impressive, mature songwriting. His interaction with the crowd was very admirable, getting them to sing-a-long with his covers of tracks like Sweet Child O’ Mine and Naive. His EP is out soon and we can’t wait to listen to it!

The last act on were alt-rock quintet Enterlude. The crowd were definitely up for this set, the whole place was moving to their great tracks like Hurt Yourself and British Dream, made even better with the use of a synthesiser, which gave their music more of a layered sound to it. If you’re a fan of Miles Kane and 80’s synth pop, you’ll love these lot. It’d be great to see them again!

After the rather heated voting process (described by one as being like Brexit!), it was great to round off the night with the chilled out vibes of Bessie Turner. There’s no denying she had an outstanding 2017, playing Latitude Festival and getting a ‘seal of approval’ from BBC Radio Goddess Jo Whiley. Although she already has some great tracks, Words You Say stood out as being the best, probably because I was excited to hear it live for the first time! Bessie and her backing band are embarking on an extensive tour in the next few months, check out her social media for all local and national dates!

Congratulations to Organ Of Corti who go through to the BurySOUND final at The Apex on 9th March!

NEXT HEAT: 2nd February at The Hunter Club. Kick off at 6pm, £5 a ticket!

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Track Reviews

Track Review: Heathen – Eye In The Sky

East Anglian band Heathen released their debut original track Eye In The Sky on Friday (19th February) and it’s safe to say it’s epic!

The six-piece group started out as a rock covers band, covering tracks by the legendary likes of Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And after learning this, I feel like this has really helped find their sound since they’ve started writing original tracks.

In 2017, the band started to write original material and have produced an EP called Bite The Bullet which is due for release later in the year.

Eye In The Sky is the lead track from the soon-to-be-released EP, and after listening to this, I can’t wait to hear what else they’ve been working on! A classic rock track with triumphant, passionate vocals, Eye In The Sky is a two and a half minute whirlwind filled with jaw-dropping guitar riffs and brilliantly-honed guitar melodies which really help bring the track together.

A fantastic debut track from Heathen. Touted as “Suffolk’s premier rock covers band” by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, now the band are out for original success. And with this track, they’re off to a winner already!

Buy the track on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/eye-in-the-sky/1331102752?i=1331103734

Heathen band members:
Greg Smith – Lead Vocals
John Turner – Lead Guitar
Steve Smith – Drums
Boli Boland – Bass Guitar
Dave Hetherington – Rhythm Guitar
Jack Turner – Rhythm Guitar

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Heathen are taking part in BurySOUND this year, competing on 9th February in Heat 3 at Haverhill Arts Centre! Kicking off at 6pm and only £5 a ticket! Come along!

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Gig Reviews

DRUIDS @ The Hunter Club, BSE

The first Washing Machine of 2018 saw DRUIDS rock out to a sold-out Hunter Club on Saturday (20th December).

Saturday’s gig kicked off with the grunge-rock of GROUTS, a mysterious four-piece duo whose set was filled with snarling, distorted riffs and thrashing drums. The Interesting Times Gang followed up next with their quirky, catchy tracks about their sci-fi adventures, listen to them on Soundcloud!

The newest band on the block, The Glitter Shop, whipped the sold-out crowd into a frenzy with their brilliant indie-pop sound next. With their set starting with the soothing Alive, the band went full throttle into the plethora of new songs the band have recently been writing. Although the highlight of their set was the live debut of Fizz (#4 in our East Anglia Song of the Year), insanely good live and so much passion on stage from Harry, Barny, Ruby and co. A band to look out for, new music is on its way…

Stealing Signs gained themselves a new fan after their set, so much so that I treated myself to their new EP on WHITE VINYL! Something about them made me hooked from the off, their smooth riffs which lifted anthemically in each track and their lead singer’s incredible vocals could be a factor. They definitely know how to write a great alt-rock track, without a doubt my favourite track of the set was the jingly groove of You Will Be. The band will definitely be back in the near future at a Washing Machine, so go and see them and be blown away.

Finally, the headline act DRUIDS took to the stage. Having listened to their latest album all week, I was definitely excited about their set and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Launching their new EP, they played the title track Up To Mars which was very well-received by the packed crowd, however even more so when Washing Machine legend Seymour Quigley joined the band wearing a Jean-Lou Picard mask (he had been spotted in the audience by the band earlier in their set). As well as tracks from the new EP, they played several ‘old favourites’ in the triumphant Mission and the really rather good Stuart Slater Alligator. If you’re a fan of intense basslines and thumping drums, you’ll love DRUIDS!

Once again another great night of music at The Hunter Club, filled with bands that you all need to listen to RIGHT NOW!

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TMB42 Spotlight: THE CATCH

Our second The Music Blog 42 Spotlight is on Suffolk’s own THE CATCH!

Rock band THE CATCH, from the renowned music scene in Bury St Edmunds, have already become established names in not only their own scene but around East Anglia.

Having recently played at the Cambridge Junction (read our review here), they’ve played at a plethora of other big venues like the home of BSE music The Hunter Club, and the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Playing at venues like these shows the trio’s indescribable talents.

The band consists of lead singer Adam Levey, guitarist Eddie Allen and bassist Nyan Horne.

Having formed in 2015, the trio released debut single Vain Tongue, a single that spent an incredible 13 weeks in the Cambridge 105 Unsigned Chart. From then on, they were destined to be big names in the local music scene, releasing other great tracks like the mind-blowing Collared, which in our eyes, is one of their best pieces of work.

In August last year, they released their second EP 03, starting with the thrashing sounds of Vexed, groove-rock of Artist and finishing with the riff-laden Effort.

The band’s influences range from the likes of Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro to Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon, and it’s clear through their music with their mega choruses and pounding riffs.

These lads have entered into BurySOUND this year, competing against some other big names on the scene like indie-pop outfit Deep City and psychedelic foursome KYANOS.

Pop along and see their heat on Friday 23rd February at 6pm at The Hunter Club, BSE! Tickets only £5.

New music is on its way from the trio. A new single called Tie Dye is expected for release in February, and we can’t wait! THE CATCH are definitely set for the big time.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecatchbse/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecatchband_
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-765445840
Search THE CATCH on Spotify!

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The Fiver @ The Cambridge Junction

Six hugely talented bands played a blinder of a night at the Cambridge Junction last night (12th January) as part of ‘The Fiver’

Influx of Insanity kicked off proceedings with their own brand of rock music. The duo are a completely different beast live compared to the studio versions, with their electric riffs really making the grade. The band are playing BurySOUND this year (23rd Feb). Be sure to check them out as these lot could be the dark horses.

Another band playing BurySOUND this year are BSE’s indie rock threesome THE CATCH. Like many bands, this was the first time I have seen them live, and it certainly won’t be the last. They bamboozled their way through their epic set, playing ARTIST and VEXED in the process. These lot have been tipped to be BSE’s next big thing. Trust me, they are.

Next band up, Pretty Ace. The four-piece girl band were a pleasant surprise to the lineup, performing some great pop-rock tunes like I Wanna Be Your Lover and Lights In The City. The tight unity among the group showed throughout, flowing seamlessly through their setlist, closing with the anthemic Alright Mama, which is already our favourite East Anglian Song of 2018. Keep an eye out for these, and make sure you listen to their new EP!

Alternative trio The Green Brothers were up next and rip-roared their way through a great setlist including the great Who Wants All, and the brilliantly-named track Wetherspoon. The band remind me of Aldeburgh’s Fick As Fieves, with their punchy guitar riffs and the feisty vocals really making their tracks even better live. Check them out on Soundcloud, they’re great!

Gaffa Tape Sandy. You do this every time. This is the third time I’ve seen the loveable trio from BSE and they just get better every time. Alongside the ‘old’ classics Transylvania and Manager were the brand spanking new tracks Turnstile and Fridge, An insanely insane set which makes us at The Music Blog 42 so so excited about their upcoming new music. This was the first time I’d seen them on a big stage, and they definitely belong there.

Green Dolphin rounded out the night with their smooth indie sounds. For a band of their age, they seemed so comfortable on the stage, getting the crowd to throw themselves about to their thrashing tracks. I’d never heard of the band before this gig, but lads, you’ve now got yourself a new fan!

A great night of music as usual in East Anglia, and a night which highlights the outstanding potential so many bands have in the area! Get yourself to one of these in the future!