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EP Review: Gaffa Tape Sandy – Family Mammal

After months of hard work in the studio, Gaffa Tape Sandy have finally let their second EP Family Mammal loose to critical acclaim.

Their instant hit Beehive is unleashed on us right from the get-go, with the band’s proven formula of catchy hooks and razor-sharp instrumentation winning over fans only one song in.

My Desperate House is a boisterous number, a classic full throttle garage rock track brought to the fore by the raspy vocals of Kim Jarvis.

When it comes to songwriting there’s really no competition when it comes to this trio, and Meat Head and Headlights prove they are really at the top of the game. Meat Head‘s intense, passionate message of equality and the mental health awareness in Headlights shows why the band resonates with so many people.

Dinner Jacket shows off a more gentle side to their sound, with Catherine Lindley-Nelson’s vocals really shining through as the track rounds off with a thunderous finish.

One of the four tracks released before the EP was So Dry, a track which was inspired by “the people who really, really annoy us” but packs an absolutely killer chorus.

Ever since they starting touring this track back in 2017, Turnstile has been a fan favourite and it’s great to see it finally getting a studio release. Drummer Robin Francis sets the pace of the track with ease whilst the playful dual vocals combine perfectly throughout.

Rounding off the EP is the vociferous Kill The Chord, it’s rock’n’roll sound packs an almighty punch with Lindley-Nelson’s vocals shining once again.

Every track is as infectious as the last “banging tune” and it’s hard not to be begging for more after this. Gaffa Tape Sandy are one of the most exciting bands out there, and after this showing it won’t be long until they hit the big time. Oh, and I’d hate to have to write a setlist for them now.

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Track Reviews

Track Review: Tundra – You’re Welcome

Sudbury’s favourite surf-punk trio Tundra have turned a new chapter in their already hit-filled back catalogue with their new track You’re Welcome.

After the release of the Record Store Day-endorsed single Navy Red in April, the trio are back with another more mature and polished-sounding track to what we’ve heard before from the former BurySOUND winners.

The band have clearly spent time perfecting their songwriting skills over the past few months and it has paid off with some really great verses, and the instantly catchy ‘I Don’t Like You’ hook towards the end of the track which still stay in your head for the next month. This isn’t only their best track yet, this is easily one of the best local tracks released this year.

It’s exciting times for Tundra towards the end of the year with a return trip to Wales pencilled in as well as more headline shows around Suffolk. And if they keep up the good work maybe their dream of playing Latitude could become a reality.

You’re Welcome is available on all streaming platforms.

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Features

Bury Songwriters Competition 2019 Final preview

This Friday (3rd May), The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds hosts the final of this year’s Bury Songwriters Competition. 

The competition this year has seen some very talented acts come through what have been evenly-contested heats, meaning this year’s final is an event not to be missed!

This year’s final features local favourites Josie Bryan, Kelodown vocalist Aleks Michalewicz and last year’s third placed act Shadley Harris. Whilst rising stars Leon O’Leary and The Broccoli King will be looking to pull out all the stops to win the competition.

Whilst the judges will be deciding who the Top Three and overall winner is, the audience will be treated to a live performance from last year’s runner up Phoebe Austin who has recently been signed to a record deal.

Tickets on the door are only £6 and the first act will be on at 7pm. Come down and support one of the last events of this year’s Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival.

Set times for the final are as follows:

7:00            ANNA CARTER
7:20            CHRISTOPHER JAMES
7:45           ALEKS MICHALEWICZ

8:10            JOSEPHINE BRYAN
8:35            LEON O’LEARY
9:00            BROCCOLI KING
9:30            SELINA HAWKER
9:55            SHADLEY HARRIS
10:15          MATT REACTION
10:40          EXPLOITS

11:10          PHOEBE AUSTIN 

For more information, head to http://www.buryfringe.co.uk

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Gig Reviews

Gaffa Tape Sandy @ The Hunter Club

An evening of great rock music at The Hunter Club was rounded off with a blockbuster set from Gaffa Tape Sandy.

Bad Stone opened the night with their expansive progressive rock sounds, entertaining an already large crowd. Their extraordinarily loud guitar riffs reverberated around the room treating everyone to tracks like Magic Caravan. A great way to start the night.

Psych-punk newcomers Egyptian Blue’s set was easily one of the best we’ve seen for a while. Their instantly memorable collection of hits like the NME-endorsed To Be Felt and the inspiring Cut Me A Hole won over a lot of people on the night. These guys are definitely a band you need to watch out for, because we’re tipping them for big things!

Having released their debut album Husk a matter of week ago, the loveable Goldblume trio’s whistle-stop tour of the county arrived at The Hunter Club with a performance full of uptempo classics like Husk and Razor, and more reflective tracks including Alice. The band’s tight-knit set proved why they are so well-liked around the East of England.

Another band who released their debut album recently were Fightmilk who owned the stage with their fun-filled pop punk back catalogue. Though the lead singer admitted to having a “very very bad sore throat”, the band were not phased by it at at all and wowed the packed crowd. The foursome played many tracks from their debut album Not With That Attitude including Four Star Hotel and How You Move On.

With the venue completely sold out, Gaffa Tape Sandy steamrolled onto the stage pounding out crowd favourites Water Bottle and Pink Neck/Train Wreck before treating the partisan crowd to a few new tracks, notably the awesome Turnstile which has been a staple at all of their recent live shows. 

Tracks like Transylvania and Manager meant that the moshing and crowd surfing ensued before a rare live outing for the track Collarbones calmed down proceedings.

Latest single Meat Head and traditional set closer Beehive rounded off a memorable night for the trio. Having just returned from Iceland Airwaves and with a huge 2019 ahead of them, seeing Gaffa Tape Sandy in venues as small as this could be a rarity in the future

TMB42 PRESENTS: TUNDRA, THE BASKERVILLES, SUNLIGHT FOR HONEY, LIMITED TIME. 7TH DECEMBER. 7PM. £5

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EP Reviews

EP Review: The Catch – How It Seems

One of the best indie bands in the area, The Catch are currently making a name for themselves with their ferocious live performances and awesome track releases. With their new EP How It Seems, they certainly don’t disappoint.

The EP follows on from the release of their two recent singles Tie Dye and Sort It Out which have both shaped the sound of their new work. The trio’s sound has really grown over the past year with more emphasis placed on heavy guitar riffs which are prominent in the opening single Hindsight which also features their trademark catchy chorus.

Drop The Act follows directly on from Hindsight, and it’s more of the same. An awesome indie rock track that instantly pulls you in with incredibly tight instrumentals to open the track and arguably some of the band’s best lyrics to date. The drop towards the end of the track is unexpected but it could be a real crowd pleaser at the live shows.

The title track How It Seems is a track which shows The Catch in a different light with a more gentle approach to their instrumentals and an emotional vocal performance. How It Seems is needed to differentiate from the powerful rock from before, though the second half of the track is the part of the song.

Recently released as a teaser single, Know You Won’t Try finishes the EP off with a bang. Their Bring Me The Horizon and Biffy Clyro influences really shine through on this track with even more intensely sharp guitar riffs and instrumentals.

These four tracks from the trio signals a change in their musical direction. More riffs, a heavier sound and honest lyrics are just three of the reasons why The Catch are one of the best local bands around. This EP is an essential listen.

We take submissions from bands in the East Anglia region, whether it be just one track or a full-length album. Send your music over to themusicblog42@gmail.com and we’ll consider it for a feature or full review.

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Gig Reviews

KYANOS @ The Hunter Club

A first hometown headline show from KYANOS rounded off another awesome Washing Machine night at The Hunter Club on Saturday (3rd November).

The first band of the night were the Ipswich-based Groff, who brought their fun indie pop-like sound to the Hunter Club stage for the first time. Their tracks like the upbeat Beaches kicked off the night well. More gigs together will see Groff blossom into a powerful indie outfit.

Loved across the region especially in their hometown of Cambridge, Lemondaze smashed their set with their unique shoegaze-grunge sound which reverberated around the room. Their passion for the music really shone through with their intense guitar-driven instrumentals and powerful inimitable vocals.

The Catch were on their usual top form with a rock-heavy set full of their best tracks and songs from their new How It Seems EP. The trio are one of the best live acts in the region and this showed with their polished set which featured hits like Sort It Out and Vexed. The set ended with the high-tempo thrasher Tie Dye leaving the whole room wanting more.

Having only formed late last year, The Glitter Shop returned to the Hunter Club stage with their sleek grunge-pop. Their live performances are energetic and powerful which really connects with any crowd they play to. Throughout their short set, the crowd sang back every word of their tracks like debut single Fizz and the anthemic Moon. More tracks are being written and released, keep an eye out in 2019!

The time had come for KYANOS to grace the stage for the first time as headliners. The psych-groove foursome had the room in the palm of their hands, throwing out Hawaiian leis for all and making everyone dance along to their flawless tracks. Though their setlist remained largely the same as previous sets this year, the band were on top form throughout with their incredibly tight instrumentals and great performances of tracks like Thunder In JapanSunrise and Dopamine. This set rounds off an awesome year for group after acclaim from NME and winning the BurySOUND Rising Star award.

The next Washing Machine is on SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBERHeadliners GAFFA TAPE SANDY are joined by FIGHTMILK, GOLDBLUME, EGYPTIAN BLUE and BAD STONE! 6pm kick off as always, £5 entry!

7TH DECEMBER: TUNDRA, THE BASKERVILLES, SUNLIGHT FOR HONEY AND LIMITED TIME. THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB BURY ST EDMUNDS. 7PM. £5.

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EP Review: Enterlude – Enterlude

Last May we said that Enterlude are a band capable of writing “absolutely huge tracks”, and their debut EP proves our point.

Since their formation late last year, the quintet have really gone from strength to strength having owned their BurySOUND heat, supported Bessie Turner and played their biggest gig to date at The Apex. But with the release of their self-titled EP, the band have ultimately proved why they are one of the most exciting young bands in Bury St Edmunds.

The EP shows off the tracks that are a staple in their live performances, including the new version of toe-tapping electro-pop number Hurt Yourself and arguably the best track of 2018 British Dream.

Alongside the two previously released singles are three newly recorded songs. The  uptempo Flag and Ruins, which has a distinct The Black Keys sound about it, shows off the band’s unique synth-driven sound.

Though the real highlight is the last song of the EP Happy Being Miserable, a track with ferocious instrumentals and powerful, high-tempo vocals that rounds off an incredible collection of tracks.

With this EP under the belt and more music to be released imminently (Thinking Of You Too), expect a lot more from Enterlude over the next few months!

ENTERLUDE are playing the Washing Machine night on Saturday 17th November alongside GAFFA TAPE SANDY, FIGHTMILK, GOLDBLUME and BAD STONE! £5, 6pm!

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August’s 545 @ The Apex

The second instalment of this year’s 545 events at The Apex saw stellar sets from Golden Bantic, Kelodown, Saving Scarlett, Enterlude and headliner Tom Lumley.

Golden Bantic opened the night in front of a great crowd who really related to their infectious indie-pop tracks. Gecko and Pink were the standout tracks from an enjoyable setlist. Tonight was the first time they’d played Bury St Edmunds, and off the back of this performance and with increasing popularity in Cambridgeshire, we’ll definitely be seeing them again.

After owning the Apex stage in March, BurySOUND finalists Kelodown returned with another very confident hard rock performance full of energy and power. Alongside the usual crowd favourites Electric Mountain Blues and Carpet Burn were new tracks which will be released sometime soon. The band play The Hunter Club on 20th October, so get down and see them.

After the hard rock of Kelodown, Saving Scarlett kept the night rolling with their brand of rock tinged with hints of pop punk. The band released their debut album last year which is a really great piece of work, and tonight’s performance showcased their music to a new audience with By My Side and Wild Creatures really going down well with the strong crowd.

Since forming last year, Enterlude have gone from strength to strength and tonight’s performance proved why they are one of the most hotly-tipped bands around. Starting their set with Hurt Yourself, the band went on to play more of the indie-electro tunes from their debut self-titled EP like Ruins and Happy Being Miserable. Enterlude also premiered new music with Thinking Of You Too sounding so special on the big stage. British Dream closed their triumphant set, one of the best we’ve seen this year.

One of Cambridgeshire’s finest talents headlined the evening, and when Tom Lumley and his band get up on stage you know you’re going to get entertained. Lumley captivated the crowd from the off with his scintillating indie-rock. The set featured some of his older ‘soppy’ tracks from his Dream City EP like Running For Our Lives and Done My Time, but also showed off some of his newest tracks with Skyhigh and Crawling really proving that he’s left his singer-songwriter days behind him. Closing the set with one of our favourite tracks from 2017, Just Like The Light was a ferocious affair culminating in Lumley jumping the barrier and playing alongside an energetic crowd. An awesome set from a man who gets better and better.

The next 545 is on Friday 2nd November at 7pm headlined by CONNOR ADAMS, with support from LOST LUNGS, ALTER THE SKY, LUNAR ECHOES AND THE FIFTHS!

We are putting on our second gig on Friday 12th October at The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds headlined by WAR WAVES with support from THE ISLAS, BASEMENT STRIPPERS and more to be confirmed!

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TMB42 Anniversary Gig Preview

Tomorrow night (18/08) sees The Music Blog 42 (US!) celebrate a year of blogging in the region with a night of celebration and rock featuring four of the best bands from East Anglia.

The night consists of sets from Latitude-conquering psych-rockers Sun Scream, teenage wonderkids Influx of Insanity, intensely powerful rock duo KULK and Cambridgeshire punk rockers God Hates Astronauts!

Headliners Sun Scream need no introduction when it comes to the local music scene having played Latitude Festival only this year off the back of several gigs around the region and  Brighton. The end of the year sees the band release their new EP Big Red Lazy Sun, and play a support slot for The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Saturday sees them play a headline slot in their hometown which promises to be a truly special set.

Although they’re relatively new to the scene, Influx of Insanity have fast become one of the most popular bands in the area. In March, the duo won the BurySOUND Competition surprising all of the judges along the way. Later on in the year they also won the Cambridge Band Competition whilst up against strong opposition. A new EP is on the way, so expect to hear some new material on Saturday night.

KULK are another band who have seen a sharp rise in their popularity, with their intense, confident live performances winning over audiences in Norwich, Cambridge and Ipswich to name a few. Early 2018 saw them release two singles Fix Me and Toxic, two rock tracks laden with raw power and talent which has seen them booked for shows by Washing Machine and Local Distortion. For a duo, their sound is HUGE.

With hugely successful headline shows in Cambridge under their belt, God Hates Astronauts make their Bury St Edmunds debut on Saturday night. The trio released one of our favourite EPs this year in Triffids, and since then they’ve regularly played Local Distortion nights and have had extensive local radio play. Let’s just say that this won’t be their last gig in Bury St Edmunds.

Entry on the door tomorrow night is £5, cash only! On the door will also be merchandise from local designer Resolute Supply, available with cash only.

SET TIMES

DOORS 7:00
GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS 7:15-7:45
KULK 8:00-8:30
INFLUX OF INSANITY 8:45-9:25
SUN SCREAM 9:45-10:30

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Track Review: Gaffa Tape Sandy – Meat Head

Bury St Edmunds trio Gaffa Tape Sandy deliver a track with an important message wrapped up in their passionate brand of garage rock in Meat Head.

Ahead of a busy summer festival schedule which sees Kim, Catherine and Robin take in sets at Latitude, Truck and dates abroad in Germany and Iceland, the trio have released Meat Head which is aimed towards “reckless attitudes that exacerbate rape culture”.

Meat Head is an instant hit starting off with the pounding instrumentals which soon grows into their usual fun, raucous style. In a change to usual proceedings, Catherine takes centre stage with a powerful vocal performance, which is complimented in the chorus by Kim’s vicious howls making the listening experience an enjoyable and thoughtful one.

There’s no doubt that this is one of Gaffa Tape Sandy’s catchiest tracks to date and already aligns well with tracks like Pink Neck/Train Wreck and the frantic Beehive in their outstanding live performances.

Having featured in NME’S Essential 100 for 2018 and various dates up and down the UK this summer, there’s no stopping the musical juggernaut that are Gaffa Tape Sandy, a band who are well and truly showing their potential. And Meat Head proves it.

Live dates:

07 July – Waldstock Festival, Germany

15 July – Latitude Festival

21 July – Truck Festival

28 July – Y Not Festival

11 Aug – River Town Festival, St Ives

15 Sept – Subterranean Festival, Cambridge

08-10 Nov – Iceland Airwaves

http://www.gaffatapesandy.co.uk