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Track Review: History & Lore – St. Claire

Cambridgeshire’s leading indie band History & Lore exceed expectations once again with their beautiful new track St. Claire.

Ever-present in their hit-filled setlists, St. Claire is a track which really ups the tempo of their live performances and definitely gets their gig-goers moving.

The first twenty seconds of the track grab you instantly, the lonely sounds of drum and synth soon cascade into a wall of catchy guitar riffs and dreamy synth lines.

St. Claire is easily the best vocal performance on a track from frontman Danny Kingsley since 2017’s Black Eyes. His emotive vocals throughout leads into an anthemic chorus, which is arguably the catchiest of the year so far.

After a year of winning the BurySOUND Rising Star award and playing gigs for Radio X and BBC Introducing, it’s clear that they have bags of potential, especially after releasing what could be the best track out of Cambridge this year.

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Track Review: Influx of Insanity – Season of Mist

The all-conquering duo Influx of Insanity are back with the euphoric Season of Mist.

2018 has been a breakout year for duo Oli Brown and Dom Howard having won BurySOUND 2018 and the Cambridge Band Competition, as well as playing Homegrown Festival, various Junction Fiver nights and our first ever gig night at the Constitutional Club.

Season of Mist is the lead track from their upcoming EP, which follows on from their unique brand of progressive rock which has wowed audiences around the region.

The atmospheric guitar riffs and the intense, hammering vocals on the track makes this a profound listening experience which heightens especially at the tracks chorus where everything cascades into an astonishing wall of noise.

Influx of Insanity are on to a winner with this track, and with the EP release imminent, it’s clear that not only are they here for the long haul, but they’re the most exciting young band in the area.

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BurySOUND Grand Final 2018 @ The Apex

Influx of Insanity were crowned winners of BurySOUND 2018 last night (9th March) at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

Kelodown kicked off what promised to be an insane night with their brand of hard rock which sounded so much better on a bigger stage. They opened with Occupational Hazard, a great up-tempo track that really got the crowd moving. The vast amount of energy on stage as a joy to see, the perfect way to open the night.

The psychedelic sounds of KYANOS came next, a world away from the hard rock before. Their setlist featured some ‘old’ favourites like the stunning Thunder In Japan but also featured various new tracks from their upcoming record Lost In Blue. A band to keep an eye out for because if the rest of their record is as good as So High then they’re on to a winner.

The insanely good Influx of Insanity played out another great set, with this being the third time I’d seen them in a matter of months. And since then, they’ve just got better and better. Oozing with confidence throughout, they burst into the fantastic tracks Envious Souls and Perpetually Unfulfilled, commanding the stage in the process. The duo looked the part, and are deserving winners of the year’s competition

Math-rock foursome Indecision were something of an unknown entity going into this year’s competition and having not seen Heat 4 I was intrigued about the band. They have a great selection of tracks like 60s, and their frontman is something else too. A great tone to his voice and not to forget his hilariously great dancing meant this was a memorable performance indeed.

Grunge-blues trio Organ of Corti closed the night with their extensive sounds. Their performance in the first heat was hard to beat, but they were a thousand times better on The Apex stage. A real surprise to the competition, give them time to develop and hone their sound even more and they could be a really really special band.

Whilst judging the competition, the crowd were treated to a headline set from 2017 winners and all-around legends TUNDRA. Their setlist consisted of new tracks from their upcoming EP (27th April can’t come soon enough) and favourites like Loser and Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck) which resulted in a stage invasion. It’s been a great start to the year for Elliot, Caitlin and Elliott having supported Marmozets at Cambridge Junction, and with the EP out soon, 2018 could be a huge year for them!

Congratulations to Influx of Insanity on winning BurySOUND 2018.

Also congratulations to KYANOS for winning the Rising Star award!

Me and Guy would like to thank Seymour Quigley and Tim Willett for choosing us to judge this year’s competition.

We’d also like to thank Joe, Jay, Linzi, White, Catherine, Neil, Claire, Sara, Davey and the other judges for making us feel so welcome on the panel. We can’t wait for next year already!

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BurySOUND Heat 5 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Cambridge’s Influx of Insanity were the winners of Heat 5 of BurySOUND at The Hunter Club on Friday (23rd February).

Abbey Green started the night off, proclaiming their set was going to be “half covers, half originals”. Their original tracks sounded decent and with more practice and evolving they’d be a pretty good acoustic duo!

The second band on were Influx of Insanity. Astonishingly these lads are only 13 and 14, and it’s even more impressive with the music they produce. Their brand of prog-rock won the crowd and judges over with great tracks like Envious Souls and Scaffolded Minds, not to forget the tight creative chemistry between them. The duo have so much potential, keep an eye out for their new music being released soon!

The hotly-tipped KULK have had a pretty good start to the year, with 6Music’s Steve Lamacq dubbing them ‘Stowmarket’s Royal Blood’ and re-releasing their tracks Fix Me and Toxic. The tracks have a different edge to them live, they’re definitely one of the best live bands around at the moment, with such incredible stage presence. This time next year, they’ll be huge!

EEEYORE, from the outskirts of Cambridge, brought their stoner-rock sounds to their set. The quartet looked very comfortable on stage, and they’ve got a really great sound about them. Their opening track Out of Sight is such a great tune! Tonight was their first time playing at The Hunter Club, let’s hope they’re back asap!

Indie rockers The Catch closed the heat with a great set which included the likes of Artist and Tie Dye, which was premiered on the Blog earlier this week. The trio are fast becoming a huge band on the local scene and the crowd’s admiration for them was evident, culminating in a huge moshpit for set closer Vexed.

Having been judging, we only saw the last ten minutes of A Horse Called War’s set. But all we can say was that it was loud, very loud and absolutely phenomenal. They’re back at The Hunter Club on 21st April!

Congratulations to Oli and Dom of Influx of Insanity for going through to the final!

BurySOUND final is 9th March at The Apex, with a line-up of ORGAN OF CORTI, KYANOS, INDECISION, KELODOWN and INFLUX OF INSANITY! 

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Track Review: The Catch – Tie Dye

The Music Blog 42 are pleased to premiere Tie Dye, the latest single from the upcoming BSE band The Catch!

Following on from their EP release 03. last year which included the phenomenal Artist and even better Vexed, The Catch are back with their rampant indie rock sounds with Tie Dye.

Tie Dye is a barnstorming two and a half minutes worth of melodic guitar riffs and powerful vocals culminating in one of the best tracks to have come out of the local scene for years. An infectious rhythm coupled in with such a catchy chorus, which sees lead vocalist Adam Levey’s voice really soar, makes this The Catch’s best song to date.

The track ticks all the boxes for an indie rock banger. Another track is set for release later in the year, we’re already buzzing to hear it!

With the band in Heat 5 of BurySOUND on 23rd February, can they follow in the footsteps of fellow indie heavyweights Suburban Minds and win? I wouldn’t bet against it after this track.

Tie Dye is released tomorrow (23rd February) on all streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes etc. Follow the band’s social media accounts for links!

The Catch are also playing Heat 5 of BurySOUND at The Hunter Club tomorrow! Tickets are £5 OTD, first band is on at 6:15pm. Get down and support some great local talent!

We ran our SPOTLIGHT feature on The Catch a few weeks ago, read it here!

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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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BurySOUND Heat 2 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Psychedelic quartet KYANOS grooved their way into the BurySOUND final by winning Heat 2 of this year’s competition, competing against rockers In My Disguise, trio Cornhill String Band and indie band The Getaway.

The night kicked off with the anthemic rock of In My Disguise. The band were in their element up on stage as they smashed their way through tracks like Scattered Memories and Alive. IMD cite their influences from the likes of Royal Blood and Muse and it’s clear that their music shapes their own sound with riff-laden hits, mixed in with a natural stage presence and crowd interaction. A great set to open the night, and we hope to see them again at The Hunter Club VERY soon!

Cornhill String Band were up next, banjo in tow. The trio played a very interesting set, with music inspired from the Apalatune-area (east Virginia and North Carolina) music style. Their set made everyone tap their feet and clap their hands, a really great reception from the crowd which developed a feel-good atmosphere. With time the group will get better in terms of confidence and crowd interaction, but nevertheless, it was great to see something ‘different’ on the Hunter Club stage.

Indie group The Getaway were one of the first bands we reviewed when the Blog first started out and you can tell since then the band have really got better. Although there were a few technical hitches, the band really produced an accomplished, confident perfomance, very energetic and the vocals were sharp. The lads seemed really invested in their music, and it’s great to see, and they also get top marks for their ‘Fuck Trump’ amp. This isn’t the last we’ve heard of The Getaway.

NME-endorsed KYANOS closed the night with their awe-inspiring psychedelic-jazz. As soon as they took to the stage, you knew they had the support of the crowd. The quartet really play off each other, the vocals really fill the room bringing a surreal vibe and it really pays off. After this set, it’s obvious to see why NME are such big fans of their music, and why they went through to the final. KYANOS are fast becoming real favourites on the local music scene, and with a record in the works, they are getting better and better.

Amethysts guest headlined tonight with their indie-pop inspired tunes. A really strong set, with inch-perfect vocals. New music is coming and we can’t wait to hear it!

NEXT HEAT: Fri 9th February at Haverhill Arts Centre, 6pm and £5 entry!

Written by Marc Manning, notes from Guy Rodwell

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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!