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The Music Blog 42 EP Of The Year

2019 has been a strong year for the local scene and the EPs released this year shows the local scene is in a good place for the years ahead.

Below is a very condensed round of this year’s Top 10 EPs as voted for by you! The votes were very very close on this one!

10. Too Cool Kid – The Candidate
Cambridgeshire’s Too Cool Kid released an ambitious effort this year with an EP based around a fictional political, inspired by the sounds of Bowie and Radiohead.

9. GrassRoof – GUYAKA
Cambridge Band Competition winners GrassRoof blew everyone away with their mind-bending psych-rock EP GUYAKA, their finest work to date.

8. WRECK – Dusty Knees
Emerging from a growing Norwich scene, surf-punk heroes WRECK released one of the best debut EPs this year with Lost My Weed and Six Hours In becoming instant favourites.

7. Deep City – CIRCUIT
Indie-pop quartet Deep City released the cohesive CIRCUIT which features some of their most technical tracks to date including The 1975-inspired thoughtofmind. and indie-dance hit The Box.

6. Caswell – Blindside
Breakout star Caswell has had a stormer of a year after winning a national competition to support Ed Sheeran in Ipswich in August. Blindside is further proof she is a star in the making.

5. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Family Mammal
The long-awaited second EP from Gaffa Tape Sandy earned national praise on release for their memorable garage-rock hits like Headlights, Kill The Chord and new single My Desperate House.

4. The Daze – Stares Like Stone
Newcomers to the local scene, punk foursome The Daze released their awesome debut EP under the stewardship of Queens Road Studio. The band are ones to watch in 2020.

3. KYANOS – Lost In Blue
The follow-up to 2017’s Elevator to Japan, KYANOS fused jazz, psychedelia and alternative rock together to create one of the most ambitious and successful EPs of 2019.

2. SubStation – The Yellow One
Another band from the Queens Road Studio, SubStation’s debut EP made a lasting impression on the local scene with deep, thoughtful lyrics and interesting instrumentation.

The Music Blog 42 EP of the Year is…
1. Salvador – Salvador

The self-titled debut EP from Framlingham’s Salvador propelled the indie-pop band to be known names within the local scene within a matter of months. Tracks like Ordinary Love and Gum Disease shows the band at their best, making intense and emotive tracks. Having had extensive radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk, the band were picked to support Ed Sheeran in August at Chantry Park. Salvador will be looking to build on this 2020 with more new music and live performances.

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05/10 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

Here’s our fortnightly update of our ‘Best In The East’ Spotify playlist featuring new releases from the area’s best soloists and bands!

OSCAR CORNEY – WORLD ALIVE
Regarded as one of the area’s brightest talents, singer-songwriter Oscar Corney’s ability to write heartfelt, upbeat tracks was brought to the fore when he released World Alive in mid-September. Taking inspiration from the likes of James Bay and Kings of Leon, Corney’s knack at writing a killer chorus accompanied by really pleasing instrumentals instantly puts this towards the top of our Track of The Year list!

DEEP CITY – PAIN KILLER
Following on from the release of debut EP 15:16 in December last year, the Deep City boys are back with their self-produced track Pain Killer which formed part of their set at the recent NMG Awards. The band’s unique indie sound really takes off on Pain Killer which shows how much Deep City have grown over the past few years. The foursome have some gigs coming up, having recently supported Blaenavon in Cambridge.

THE BASKERVILLES – BLIND AMBITION
Blind Ambition is the latest offering from Ipswich’s The Baskervilles, having previously released the epic Blood In My Mouth earlier this year. 2018 has been a landmark year for the band which has seen them play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds. Their new track is a raw, powerful alternative-rock track that is subtly enhanced with electronic beats. The lads play the last The Music Blog 42 Presents night of the year on 7th December, details on our Facebook page!

RUBBER JAW – FEELING FUNNY
One band who have been raising eyebrows around the area are trio Rubber Jaw. Their long-awaited debut single Feeling Funny is a slow-building rock anthem which really shows off the band’s distinct sound of composed vocals and atmospheric instrumentals Not only did they release this lovely track they have also gifted us with a B-side that is available on streaming platforms and blue vinyl.

WAR WAVES – A LION’S HEAD
The second teaser from the upcoming EP from War Waves is A Lion’s Head. The track follows on from previous track Sleep with hauntingly provoking instrumentals and probing vocal melodies, which has seen their musical style recently be called ‘anxiety-rock’. With the EP release just around the corner, we could be hearing a lot more of War Waves going into early next year! They headline the Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds on 12th October!

THE FIFTHS – THEY SHOULD
With new releases coming thick and fast and gigs around Cambridgeshire every weekend, it’s a known fact that The Fifths are one of the most promising young bands in the region. Inspiration comes from 00’s indie rock in their new Bloc Party-esque belter They Should, with looping guitar riffs and simple catchy lyrics really hitting the spot. The band are in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 2nd November at The Apex’s 545 night!

GOLDBLUME – HUSK
With the release of their debut album fast approaching, loveable alternative trio Goldblume have released lead track Husk. Their latest track shows off a style which not only is hard to pin down but really proves why Goldblume are one of Cambridge’s finest bands. The math-rock introduction, the alternative chorus and progressive-rock breakdown transitions into Goldblume’s best track to date.

PINK LEMONADE – SPACE GIRL
After taking home the Audience Choice gong at the recent NMG Awards, the Pink Lemonade girls are on to a winner with their debut single Space Girl, a fun and adventurous pop-punk singalong. As soon as the track starts, the infectious instrumentals and passionate vocals makes it an instantly-likeable debut. With a new single on the way and 2019 gigs already in the works, Pink Lemonade are on the rise!.

 

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Deep City @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Indie-pop quartet Deep City headlined The Hunter Club for the very first time on Saturday evening, alongside some great support acts.

The night kicked off with the hilariously brilliant sounds of Theo Morris And Not The Theo Morrises. Morris, previously a member of fabled band Janet Street Slaughter, has suddenly decided to make clones of himself to make up his backing band, which is a brilliant idea considering half of his songs are ‘poo-related’! A really enjoyable set to kick off the night.

Next up was Sam Eagle and his backing band The Lemon Lizards with their jazz-influenced indie sounds. Though they closed on the crowd pleasing 15/8, the rest of the set was a mix of Eagle’s solo material from his EP’s like Bodies ,and a taste of new music which is set to be released very soon. And if that isn’t exciting enough, they are playing a live set on BBC 6 Music in the next few weeks! Sam Eagle is definitely a name to watch out for.

After nearly a year away from Bury St Edmunds, Huckleberry Harrison‘s return to the local scene was welcomed with his super-suave performance of songs from his debut album What The Huck? featuring tracks like #1 Anime Dad and Not That Kinda Girl. Other highlights from his assuring set included Sheets Are White, debut single Dracula and new song End It This Way, which is hopefully getting a release soon because it really is brilliant. This set is easily one of our highlights of 2018.

Before the headline act, soloist Kerry Devine entertained an appreciative crowd with tracks from her debut album Away From Mountains which was released only three weeks ago and a wonderful cover of a Portishead track. Her enchanting vocals were inch-perfect throughout, especially on the beautiful Fools That Fall. Devine did state that it’s “not a party album” and its definitely not like the tracks from side project The Baby Seals, but the songs are truly captivating and lovely to listen to. She finished her set on the upbeat swing of When I Get Low, I Get High. a track that she hadn’t performed for years!

After years gigging around the local scene, Cambridge’s Deep City finally headlined their first Washing Machine and it’s fair to say it’s been long-awaited. The quartet played tracks from debut EP 15:16 including the utterly sublime L.O.V.E and Time, and older tracks like Plastic and Wht Hppnd which still hit home and sound so fresh. Technical problems did hinder the band towards the end of the set, however they overcame the difficulties with ease with a quality cover of Everything Everything’s The Wheel (Is Turning Now) and set closers Slow and Close Up. A really polished set from a band that just get better and better with every performance.

The next Washing Machine is on Saturday 16th June featuring Tundra, Thy Last Drop, KYANOS and more! £5 entry, helping to raise money for Riverwalk School, 6pm kick off.

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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!

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Deep City: 15:16 record review

Deep City’s unique brand of indie pop makes this EP one of our instant favourites of 2017.

A cooling presence on a marginally rock-dominated music scene  in East Anglia, Deep City’s fine talents in crafting mesmerisingly class indie pop tracks has gained many plaudits over the past few years.

The band this year won the 18 and Under Award at the NMG Awards, and it’s no surprise why after listening to 15:16.

The three tracks on this EP are some of the best tracks you’ll hear this year.

The lead track L.O.V.E is just outstanding, the multiple layers to the track’s production just oozes with creativity and maturity. The intricate guitar riffs really catches the ear and just makes the song as a whole just that extra bit better. There’s so much more I could say about the track, without a doubt one of my songs of the year.

The EP opener Time has a really cool summer vibe to it. Once again, the guitar riffs really shine on this track, especially during he instrumentals. They really blend with the other elements to the track and doesn’t detract away from the vocals.

The same can be said for Recognise Me, a track with a real smooth groove to it. First impressions led me to A Change of Heart by The 1975, and take that as a huge compliment, it’s an awesome track. Although slightly stripped back compared to the other two songs on the EP, here we see the vocals shine more, standing out against the wandering guitars. A welcome end to a class EP.

2018 is a big year for the band. BurySOUND awaits them on the 26th January for Heat 1, and they’re bound to follow up this EP with more music! A band you need to look out for!

Deep City play Heat 1 of BurySOUND @ The Hunter Club on 26th January!
Tickets £5! Be there and support local, live music!

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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!