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DRUIDS @ The Hunter Club (20/10)

Intergalactic duo DRUIDS brought the house down with a triumphant headlining set at October’s edition of Washing Machine.

The hotly-tipped Among The Citizens opened the night in front of an eager crowd, playing tracks from their extraordinary EP Pretend To Be In Love, whilst also playing a selection of their singles like the upbeat belter Words Mean Nothing. The band’s tight instrumentals coupled with the inch-perfect lead vocals made this set the perfect way to start the night. Expect more local gigs from these lads.

The instantly likeable Interesting Times Gang were next up. Fresh from the studio where they’ve been recording more sci-fi anthems, the band were on top form with Killer Scientist and Wayward Navigator sounding even more punchy and even more awesome. Their set closer Kill The Red Octopus, written in a bath tub in Australia, was brim with fabulous harmonies and catchy synth rhythms.

This gig was to be Kelodown vocalist Jasmine Canham’s last with the group, and the band really put on a show to what was a large and excitable crowd. The fivesome’s energy and insanely brilliant guitar riffs went down a treat on tracks like Electric Mountain Blues and traditional set closer Occupational Hazard, which resulted in a moshpit from their adoring fans. 2019 looks to be a big year for the band.

Fast becoming favourites on the local scene, the likeable trio of Blue Mean Eyes get better and better with each performance. The band teased new music at the end of November in the shape of an album, but this set was primarily focused on their older material. Escapade is a track that I can hear live over and over again, the vocals are just brilliant each time and the instrumentals are so euphoric. See these live whenever you can!

DRUIDS closed the night with their intergalactic brand of rock and roll. Their album-spanning setlist saw favourites like Stuart Slater Alligator and Time played to an engrossed crowd. The duo’s onstage chemistry is the perfect respite in-between tracks, before they launch into their harder tracks like Mission and Reflections. DRUIDS were celebrating the release of new track and music video Journey To The Centre Of The Earth which is available to watch on YouTube NOW!

The next Washing Machine is SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER with a headline slot from KYANOS and support from THE GLITTER SHOP, THE CATCH, LEMONDAZE and GROFF! Doors at 6pm!

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Highlights of Homegrown Festival 2018

After two brilliant days at Homegrown Festival 2018, here’s our highlights of the brilliant weekend, although all of the bands were awesome!

The first act we saw at the Festival was the underrated talent Connor Adams. Hailing from  Ipswich, he released his first EP only a few weeks ago, and the songs from this sound pretty awesome live especially the title track Open My Eyes. Alongside the new tracks was an inspiring cover of The Chain by Fleetwood Mac which really set the tone of the weekend! A really great set to open up the festival.

Making their debut at Homegrown Festival were young duo Influx of Insanity, bringing their heavy prog-rock to the fields of Barrow. It’s been a phenomenal few months for Dom and Oli, having won BurySOUND and Cambridge Band Competition, and starting to recording new music for their upcoming EP. A slight change to their set list paid off with tracks like Scaffolded Minds and Envious Souls sounding better than ever.

Tom Lumley played his first of many festivals this summer, having confirmed a slot at Truck Festival a few days previously. Lumley has a knack of writing anthemic indie bangers, and his last single Skyhigh is one of many on his packed setlist. One of the highlights of the weekend was his passionate performance of yet-to-be released track Crawling, a track which shows off a heavier side to Lumley’s music but also proves that he is still one to watch in the Cambridge area.

After playing The Apex the night before, The Catch dropped in and played a stormer of a set featuring old favourites like Artist and Effort, but it’s the rock-influenced Sort It Out and fast-paced fan favourite Tie Dye that went down really well with the Saturday afternoon audience. The trio also played a few new tunes which you can expect to hear real soon. They play Cambridge Junction tomorrow night (15th June), be there!

Among The Citizens were another band who played at The Apex the night before, and here they delivered a set which proves why they are highly thought of in the region. Tracks like Curved Lips and Needy not only shows off the band’s versatility in their styles, but makes their set list even more varied alongside the heavier, guitar-driven tracks like their brilliant new single Mess In The Head.

Having seem them at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer, we were excited to see Blue Mean Eyes  and they definitely didn’t disappoint. They played songs from their 2017 EP Through The Mill like Brixton Shrug and our favourite Escapade whilst also teasing new material. After several line-up changes it seems like the trio have finally settled as a band, and it’s exciting to see how their sound develops over the following year.

One band who always goes down well with a crowd wherever they play are the psychedelic quarter KYANOS. Having won BurySOUND’s Rising Star award, they were given an early evening set which showed off their talents playing smooth instrumental tracks and the usual crowd pleasers like Thunder In Japan and So High. The band also teased new music to be released soon in the form of an EP, more news when we get it!

One of several artists at Homegrown who we hadn’t seen before was young rising star Gabby Rivers, and after this showing we can’t wait to see her again. Not only does she write some really awesome original tracks, Gabby also played some enjoyable covers like Portugal, The Man’s Feel It Still and Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over which had the crowd singing along. An inspiring talent at only 15 years old, definitely one to watch.

When it comes to energetic indie rock tunes, Fick As Fieves are the pick of the bunch. Deservedly, they co-headlined The Coastline Stage with an impressive light show throughout their fast-paced, catchy set. A moshpit formed in the crowd when the trio played tracks like English Weather and Wasteman, whilst new tracks from their debut EP Drift End like COL and Outstayed prove why they are one of the region’s finest live bands.  More new music could be on its way to your ears by the end of the year, watch this space!

Saturday’s epic day of music was closed by the funk-soul legends Stretch Soul Gang. Their epic hour-long set was full of original classics which made the whole field have a dance. Opening their set with latest single Open Up Your Eyes, the Gang kicked in to gear with their next single Hit The Deck, fun groover Poncho Villa and the always outstanding Sharks At The Wheel. One of our highlights of the whole festival was the performance of Ungrateful which featured a rare live outing from soul singer Steven Bamidele whose vocals complimented the flawless falsettos on the track. They closed their set on debut single Ain’t Got No Money, followed by a fireworks display to round off the day. Let’s hope they get invited back for the third year running next year!

We had a great time at our first Homegrown Festival, and we want to thank the organisers (especially Sara!) for their support, and for putting on an awesome weekend!

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Bury Fringe All-Dayer 2018 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

An incredible array of talent was on display at The Hunter Club yesterday (Saturday 5th May) for the 7th annual Bury Fringe All-Dayer, headlined by the rampant Gaffa Tape Sandy.

The day was brilliantly started with bands from Queens Road Rock School, Queen Dogs showed vast confidence beyond the years playing covers of One Way or Another and a great cover of Transmission by Joy Division, whilst The Daze played some original tracks alongside covers of Use Somebody and Blitzkrieg Bop. Both bands went down really well with the crows, and it really was a great way to kick off the day.

Opening The Magic Carpet Stage was rising star Noah Evans, another performer in the same age range as the bands before, but still showing off his incredible talents playing tracks from his debut EP See It Through which is now on Spotify. These three acts really shows that the Bury St Edmunds area is abundant with young talent, and it’s so promising to see this!

Going back to the Main Hall, alt-rocker Sophie Mahon and her backing band wowed the crowd with a truly awesome 80’s influenced-set featuring crowd favourite 2bf which is a really really brilliant track. Turning 180 degrees, it was then Blue Mean Eyes turn to shine and they certainly did. Tearing through tracks like Brixton Shrug, the trio proved during their set that they are set for big things, especially considering that they have new music on it’s way!

Enterlude brought their indie-synth sound to the Washing Machine stage, playing the phenomenal tracks Hurt Yourself and British Dream whilst also showing off new track Dancing With The Devil. With a support slot for Bessie Turner coming up for the band, they’ll just get better and better. After their set, Cambridge’s Lemondaze played a blinder of a set, with their stunning shoegaze sound really connecting with the large crowd. They are definitely a band to keep an eye out for, really promising stuff!

Our first visit to the Rock Against Racism Stage, run by Toonteen’s Joe Weaver, saw us see the brilliant BAILEY. Starting his set with his debut single The Future, his elevating-pop sound really shone through as his set went on, he has new tracks on the way and we can’t wait to hear them. Next up on stage was the delightful Matt Hammond who was a really interesting act to watch. It was lovely to sit and admire his guitar work, his intricate guitar melodies were truly impressive, especially during the wonderful Skylines.

A late replacement after the Interesting Times Gang sadly pulled out, KULK played two sets during the day. Heavy rock is their speciality, especially when they’re playing the bloody insane tracks Fix Me and Toxic. Every time I see these, they just get better and better, and to get that sound from only two people is just jaw-dropping! After seeing them support DRUIDS in January, it was really nice to see Stealing Signs back with their sweet alternative rock, playing one of my personal favourite local tracks You Will Be and many more. Every time these lads perform they put on a great show, we can’t wait to see them at Homegrown Festival!

Rounding off the first half of the all-dayer were the wonderful trio of The Glitter Shop. They may have only played a handful of gigs together since forming, but as soon as they stepped on stage, you would have thought they would have been playing together for years. Not only do their studio releases Fizz and Sleep sound great live, the other tracks on their set like Throwing Apples and Call The Bank topped off with their frantic energy on stage proves why they are one of the most exciting bands to have come out of the local scene in years.

After a much-needed food break, Kelodown and their hard rock sound really got the crowd moving proving why they made to the final of BurySound this year. With more gigs under their belt, the band will get even better, especially if they write tracks as good as Carpet Burn and Occupational HazardThe Baby Seals made their Hunter Club debut with a formidable set filled with really fun tracks with bonkers names like My Labia Is Lopsided But I Don’t Mind and Nipple Hair. Hopefully they play there again soon, because they were ace!

Playing before the headliners on the Rock Against Racism stage were The Catch with one  of the best sets of the entire day. Their new tracks sound really really impressive especially the thumping Can You Feel It? and Hindsight, which really compliment the rest of their packed set which include crowd favourite Tie Dye and new single Sort It Out. Quality as always from one of the best bands in Bury.

SIAH played a long over-due set on Chris’s Stage, with their post-punk hits Susie Smokes and A French Girl sounding really great as always. Let’s hope that they release some new music before the year is out because it’s desperately needed! Fresh off the back of a European tour, Fightmilk were another band returning to the Hunter Club with their epic pop-punk tracks like Pity Party, making the release of their debut album hotly anticipated!

Co-headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage were indie-rock legends The Baskervilles. The band have recently released new track Blood In My Mouth which sounds truly majestic live, alongside their set-opener Kalashnikov and all-round belter Death Of A Pop Song. We really can’t wait to hear what the foursome release next because they’re one of the best indie rock groups around locally. The other band co-headlining the RAR stage were 2017 BurySOUND finalists Goldblume, a commanding set from the god-like trio who played Razor, from their RSD vinyl release, which sounded utterly sublime. Their bold stage presence was a joy to watch and was the perfect way to close the stage. Two real highlights of the day.

After releasing their second EP Life’s A Beach only last week, Tundra brought the summer vibes to Chris’s Stage with their glorious surf-punk sounds. They played the EP in full with Walking Stick and Swimming Shorts sounding absolutely huge with their awesome riffs and thundering drums. It’s no doubt that Tundra are a ‘live band’, and when it comes to playing their trademark song Vacation, you know that the crowd are going to go absolutely mental. And they certainly did. A really memorable set that led into the overall headliners set impeccably.

So, now onto the last act of the night, the absolutely AMAZING Gaffa Tape Sandy. The band had already played in Leeds earlier on in the day, but they saved their A-game for their hometown crowd bursting into the frantic Transylvania and the snappy Water Bottle with moshpits already forming in the packed crowd. The trio played a mix of old and new with the well-received Smart Dressed Guy and L’Appel du Vide still sounding so exciting and fresh. New tracks Turnstile and Meathead went down a treat with the crowd too, with the fun instrumentals and perfect vocals really packing a punch, the latter is being released soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! And by the way Manager is still class, probably the most underrated track from their debut EP Spring Killing. They closed their set with the ever-present Beehive, inviting the absolute legend Seymour Quigley to crowd surf whilst they played it. With several festival dates this summer lined up, there’s no doubt that they are one of the most exciting bands in the UK at the moment. Go and see them if you ever have the chance!

Well done to all the acts who played yesterday! Special shout out to Substation, Rosa, Alicia Hall, Robert C Taylor, Ben Pegley, Phoebe Austin and Grandma’s Waffle Velocity too!

Thanks to everyone involved for putting on a great event!

Written by Marc Manning                Graphics by Guy Rodwell

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Dingus Khan @ The Hunter Club, BSE (17/03/2018)

The third Washing Machine of the year saw Dingus Khan make a sweaty return to the Hunter Club.

The Manningtree five-piece rocked from the start, ploughing through legendary hits like Plank and Ambulance, where the band’s infectious energy rubbed off on the packed out venue which was shaking to its very core.

New material was played in what was nearly a 90-minute set, the absolutely barnstormer of a hit My Number was the highlight of the new tracks, a track that is so ferociously delicious it’s already a fan favourite and the track My New Hat, members of the band passed out pieces of their merch throughout this one, no second guesses as to what the pieces of merch were…

The loving crowd got rowdier and rowdier, and as soon as the band launched into the revered track Knifey Spoony local legend Seymour Quigley was crowd-surfing around the venue, audience members were up on stage and the temperature in the room increased by about 1000 degrees.

But let’s not forget the band’s who opened the night of brilliant music.

Members of Queen’s Road Rock School (run by Linzi Stivey and White) made their Hunter Club debut with bands Substation and The Daze, which really shows that the BSE music scene has such a bright future. Substation’s track Intention is a great tune!

Radio Orwell were up next, another brilliant five-piece group who have a hint of The National about them. Their new track Stolen Sense Of Wonder is a wonderful slice of alternative goodness, not to forget the brilliance of I Disappear and Speaking About It. We can’t wait to hear more from them!

It’s the second time we’ve seen the smooth Sam Eagle and his band of Lemon Lizards, and it’s clear they are going places. Having gained extensive radio play for the chilled 15/8, Eagle showed why he is so highly-rated among the local scene with an awesome set. And also, Moon Jelly is such a really really really tasty track. Go listen to all of his music now.

Finishing off the undercard were the terrific trio of Blue Mean Eyes. The band have gone through extensive changes the past year, however, the trio were on fine form tonight showing off new tracks but also playing some old favourites as well. They finished on the track Escapade which is just phenomenal! New music is bound to be on its way and we can’t wait to hear it.