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Gaffa Tape Sandy and Cathedrals and Cars @ The Hunter Club, BSE

The 10th anniversary of BBC Music Introducing was celebrated at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds on Friday evening (6th October) with interviews and sets from two of the biggest BSE bands, Gaffa Tape Sandy and Cathedrals and Cars.

The night kicked off with short sets from each band, and interviews conducted by the one and only Graeme Mac, with this part of the night being broadcast live on BBC Radio Suffolk. Click here and listen to the show!

Cathedrals and Cars were up first with their full live set and wowed the slowly-filling room with their incredible art rock sound. Highlights of their 30-minute set were the set opener Elevator, the lively Art School and the pleasing The Concierge. The band is currently in the midst of releasing new material, and it’s hotly anticipated since they haven’t released an EP since early 2013, though they did tease a new track called Wheeler Street, which as always sounded amazing. The real highlight of the night was the exhilarating A Piece Of Me Died In Europe, arguably the band’s best track, a darker track than usual but showcases the band’s intelligent songwriting and electrifying riffs.

Gaffa Tape Sandy closed the night with an emphatic set which proved they are the best band in Bury St Edmunds right now, what with coming off the back of playing the Introducing stage at Glastonbury this year. Opening with the classic Smart Dressed Guy (in which frontman Kim Jarvis broke a guitar string) and the acclaimed Water Bottle, the packed crowd moshed and crowd surfed all set long to the euphoric garage rock beats on display. Other highlights from their set include the pounding Transylvania and Pink Neck/Train Wreck, both tracks from their recent EP Spring Killing. The band were quick to shout out their manager Joe Weaver, and present Graeme Mac with a cake to celebrate the 10 years of BBC Music Introducing. The band were supposed to finish with the absolutely huge Beehive, though were called back onto stage by the baying crowd wanting another track. Coming back out, they played another song from Spring Killing, the smooth Collarbones.

An incredible night of live music, but a thankful reminder that without people like Graeme Mac, and the incredible people at the Washing Machine and Hunter Club, there would be no music scene in Bury or even in Suffolk.

The next Washing Machine event is Saturday 21st October where Dingus Khan headline The Hunter Club, with support from Sun Scream and KYANOS!

Gaffa Tape Sandy’s new single Beehive is out 20th October, and will be available on all streaming services and iTunes!

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Homegrown Festival Showcase @ The Hunter Club

An outstanding night of live music at The Hunter Club proved that East Anglia has some of the most diverse and extraordinary talents in the UK music scene.

The night, hosted by Barrow’s Homegrown Festival, kicked off with Cambridgeshire’s own Tom Lumley. The singer, along with his very own backing band, proved to be the perfect warm-up for the night ahead with his mix of indie-pop packed with electric riffs and anthemic lyrics, a real crowd pleaser. It’s no wonder why he has already supported acts like The Hunna in recent months. Having recently released a new single Just Like The Light and with last night (29th September) being the first date of a tour which covers the length of the UK, there’s no reason why Lumley can’t go on to become an even bigger name in not only East Anglia but nationally. This was his first gig in Bury St Edmunds, and hopefully there is more to come.

Next up to the fold were Ipswich’s Underline The Sky. In a set which was unfortunately marred by technical difficulties, though this was not the fault of the band, they pulled off an excellent set which really got the crowd going. The band have a great back catalogue of music, having released one full=length record and several EPs, and their setlist proved it, rip-roaring their way through their 30 minute slot. Though their own songs were excellent, the ear-catching part of their set was their pop-punk take on Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together, a fantastic cover. Underline The Sky undoubtedly put on a great show, aside from the few problems. The wait for even more new music continues…

Sudbury’s smooth groving Stretch Soul Gang were the next band to showcase their talents, and they totally did. A packed crowd danced their way through an astonishing set from such a unique group, not many people can say they’ve seen a soul/hip-hop/jazz group. No word of a lie, they are possibly one of the best bands I’ve actually seen live… excellent showmanship, inch-perfect falsettos, soothing basslines, and a great set of songs like the tunes Ain’t Got No Money and Sharks at the Wheel prove that Stretch Soul Gang are one of the most promising acts in the East. They had the audience in the palm of their hand, and there’s no doubt that in the not-so-distant future they’ll be entertaining even bigger crowds, and playing even bigger stages.

Last to entertain the packed out venue were Aldeburgh’s Fick As Fieves and they rounded off a superb night of live music with a bang, The trio’s indie rock lifted the room, a very polished performance. The band’s music appears on Spotify’s The Indie List, and it’s no surprise off of the back of this performance with their energetic stage presence, catchy riffs and pounding drums. Having formed only a year ago, it’s fair to say that the trio have come a long way in such a short space of time. The band teased us with new material which sounded just as good as their current work like Label Us and Insomnia. Championed by BBC Introducing Suffolk, they are definitely set for bigger things.

An exciting night showcasing some of the best musical talents in East Anglia. A huge shoutout to the people at Homegrown Festival for organising the event, same again next year?

 

Homegrown Festival 2018 tickets are on sale NOW on the link below!
http://homegrownfest.co.uk/tickets/4592101812

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The 545 @ The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Five of the best bands from in and around East Anglia played an outstanding night at The 545 music event at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday night.

Stone Deepe opened the night with their alternative rock entertaining the growing crowd. If you didn’t turn up early to see these lot, you missed a great set. It was their first time playing in Bury St Edmunds and it certainly won’t be the last. Their setlist was inch-perfect to getting the crowd going, who they thanked for coming. Their set closer Get In Line was a fantastic way to end their inch-perfect set, a proper indie-like sound to it.

Next up were the post-punk sounds of one of Bury St Edmunds’ most promising bands SIAH. Although they are relative newcomers to the BSE music scene, they have a great collection of tracks to work with, especially the beautifully-named Feline Friends and the punchy A French Girl featuring “the angellic voice” of their drummer. Susie Smokes is always a great live song and with their debut record out next year, and an already large following, big things await the band.

The atmospheric indie-pop of Deep City was up next, and it was just a sign that the night was just going to get better and better. It’s no wonder that they are compared to The 1975 with their track Slow sounding like a blend of some of The 1975’s best songs, absolutely fantastic. The Cambridge-based band wowed the crowd with the even-better swag Wht Hppnd. Deep City premiered a ‘new-ish’ track Classic to the crowd, and if that’s anything to go by, they’re with us for the long haul.

Bury St Edmunds stalwarts Cathedrals and Cars were the real highlight of the night with their sophisticated and polished art-rock and a fantastic set which warmed the crowd up for Hollowstar. Notable highlights from their set were the incredible The Concierge and their set closer A Piece of Me Died In Europe. Great songs, great live performance, tonight cemented Cathedrals and Cars as one of the best bands from BSE.

Last up were the headliners Hollowstar, from Cambridge. An absolutely electric set which blew the roof off The Apex. They told the crowd they had only been around for about two years, took me by surprise considering how accomplished and confident they were on stage. Their whole set sounded huge, sandwiched by a passionate speech from their frontman about mental illness, that led into the phenomenal Feel The Burn. The band dedicated their new song All I Gotta Say to their loyal fan base. They said comically that without their fans they’d be “at home wanking and playing FIFA”. Sounding absolutely huge, let’s hope they’re back in Bury St Edmunds sooner rather than later!

A fantastic event as always at The Apex. I’m already looking forward to next year’s 545!

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Suburban Minds @ The Hunter Club, BSE

A great night of live music at The Hunter Club with stellar sets from headliners Suburban Minds, and from Sun Scream, Mandeville and The Getaway.

The night kicked off with the indie funk of The Getaway. A real toe-tapping performance from such a great band, especially considering “their guitarist fucked off to France for the week”. The foursome cracked out some great tunes, notably the tracks Cigarette and Seeing Red, laden with groovy guitar riffs and incredible stage presence from their frontman. A great set to open the show with.

Chelmsford garage rockers Mandeville were up next, and they were next level. It was their first time in Bury St Edmunds, and off the back of this performance, I’m hoping it won’t be the last. Their energetic set was a standout performance of the night, ‘High Roller’ a particular highlight out of a brilliant set of tracks straight off their latest EP Double Denim.

Bury band Sun Scream warmed up the growing crowd with their superb psychedelic alternative rock. The five-piece band ploughed their way through several tracks, opening with the haunting Sun Scream and then the thumping She which is such a great song to hear live, easily one of the best tracks from any BSE band. They are most definitely a band to watch on the Bury music scene.

And then the time came, the headline set from indie rockers Suburban Minds. Opening with the jingly White Things, the band already had the adoring crowd in the palm of their hands. The band rip-roared their way through some old favourites such as Leave It There and Car Seat, though their performance of Sunbreak will live long in the memory.

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Suburban Minds

Suburban Minds then went on to play the rest of their EP in full, with Addicted To A Daydream sounding so much better as a live track. It all got a bit too much for the lead vocalist, who went shirtless halfway through this track. It’s no wonder they are one of Bury’s most loved bands with their rousing choruses and insanely-catchy guitar riffs prevalent in the aforementioned track and in their EP closer Little Miss Modest, made even better with a great light show to accompany the music.

The group then treated the audience to a Weezer mash-up of Say It Ain’t So and Beverly Hills, where the bass guitarist and lead guitarist decided to follow the frontman into going half-clothed. After going off stage after this track, the baying crowd wanted so much more from the band, who instantly came back on stage and performed breakthrough track I Wanna Feel, their first ever single which still sounds so fresh today. At the end of the hectic show, the band said that they were going away for a while, but this will most certainly not be the end for Suburban Minds, who after tonight cemented they are one of the best live bands in Bury St Edmunds.

Suburban Minds Setlist

White Things
Leave It There
Car Seat
Sunbreak
Freak Like Me
Real Fears
Addicted To A Daydream
Little Miss Modest
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Say It Ain’t So/Beverly Hills (Weezer cover)
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I Wanna Feel

The Getaway’s social media: https://www.facebook.com/thegetawayofficia1/
Mandeville’s social media: https://www.facebook.com/mandevilleuk/
Sun Scream’s social media: https://www.facebook.com/sunscreamband/
Suburban Minds social media: https://www.facebook.com/suburbanminds/

Mandeville’s excellent EP Double Denim) is available to buy on https://mandeville.bandcamp.com (available to stream also)

Suburban Minds debut EP I’ll Exist Again When I Wake Up is available to buy on suburbanminds.bigcartel.com (available to stream also)