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June’s The Fiver @ Cambridge Junction

June’s edition of The Fiver saw a very strong line-up of six great local bands play at Cambridge Junction.

A band who are no strangers to the Junction stage are rock duo Influx of Insanity, having won the Cambridge Band Competition there a few months ago. Since seeing them for the first time in January it’s fair to say the boys have really grown in confidence and tonight proved it with a professional set and getting the crowd to interact during songs. At such a young age, Influx of Insanity are the most exciting band emerging out of Cambridge at the moment.

Making their Cambridge Junction debut were pop-punk trio ASBESTØS off the back of playing around the Cambridge gig circuit the past few months. They recently released their new EP Monochrome and their set featured many songs from it, including the short and sweet Futue te Ipsum and crowd pleaser Liar Liar. It’s great to hear a band that has such a retro 00’s pop-punk sound to them, it’s exciting to see what the next year holds for them.

One band who we always love seeing are The Catch, a band who really captivated the crowd during their set. The trio played a slightly varied set to what they played at Homegrown Festival a week ago with a new track and Vexed thrown in for good measure. The energy from the band was a joy to watch, especially in soon-to-be released track Hindsight and the raucous Tie Dye. It’s always great to see a band have fun up on stage, and with The Catch turning heads at every gig they play, it won’t be long until we see them headline their own show.

Another group who made their Junction debut were Bedford’s Basement Strippers who are slowly making a name for themselves locally with their energetic set. The band announced tonight that their new EP will be released in September, and on tonight’s showing we can’t wait to hear it. The set featured tracks from their 2017 EP The Exotic Show, with the title track and Standing At The Bridge putting smiles on everyone’s faces. As a live band, you won’t see many better than Basement Strippers this year.

If you’re a fan of full-bodied indie rock then you’ll love Tantris who whipped the crowd into a frenzy during their set. In their songs you can really distinguish their influences which range from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club, especially in tracks like Alcoholic and Radioactive Girl, whilst also playing new material. A really tight-knit performance from Tantris.

Another band that competed in the Cambridge Band Competition were electro-rock quartet Lunar Echoes. Although they played in front of a slightly smaller crowd, this didn’t stop them producing a great performance which included the Cambridge 105 NMG Chart-stormer Stockholm Syndrome and ace track Neon. The band have recently been in the studio recording some new tunes, so watch this space!

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May’s The Fiver @ Cambridge Junction

May’s edition of the long-running The Fiver night saw six bands play awesome sets at the Cambridge Junction.

Haverhill’s The Fifths kicked off the night with a highly commendable set, with each member brimming with confidence throughout. Not only did they play a cover or two, the band played some great original tracks like Chance It and They Should which are on their Soundcloud. Their set was definitely one of the highlights of the night, and for a band that formed only six months ago, the future looks bright for them.

The Islas, from Norwich, were up next, a band who were playing their first ever show in Cambridge. The four-piece indie band played an energetic 30-minute set full of cheeky crowd interaction and some really nice indie-rock tracks, notably their recently released debut single A Generation To Forget. An EP is set for release in the near future, an exciting prospect on the basis of their performance.

It’s fair to say that Among The Citizens are the most exciting band to have come out of Peterborough for a while now. Their awesome new single Mess In The Head closed their set, which included tracks from their 2017 EP Unlearn You, mixing in intricate guitar melodies with more electronic-based sounds. The band have a fair amount of gigs coming up, including a slot at Homegrown Festival on 9th June.

Oscar Corney was up next with a really pleasing set. His inch-perfect vocals were brilliantly complimented by his backing band as they played some great memorable tracks from his previous EP’s like Be Someone and Your Fool. Corney has had a great start to 2018 reaching the final of the Cambridge Band Competition, and with new music hopefully on the way, the year could get even better for him.

With The Junction swarmed by his passionate fans, it’s fair to say Woodley Taylor put on a show with his 30 minute set. His classic rock-inspired tracks like Smoking At Midnight and Runaway showed off his soulful vocals and talented backing band. Taylor closed his set with Breathe A Little Deeper, with the audience chanting back every word to the very professional soloist. A really enjoyable set.

The last act on were The Mojo Slide, a blues rock band from Cambridge. The band formed in 2011 and their experience showed as they put in a great performance, with some catchy tracks from their 2015 album Twist Your Bones, and some smooth guitar riffs really connecting with the crowd. The Mojo Slide also have a lot of live shows coming up, all information is on their Facebook page.

The next Fiver is 15th June featuring Cambridge Band Competition winners Influx of Insanity!