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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

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02/11 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

Every fortnight we round-up some of the hottest releases in the local area and shed light on some of the tracks we’ve missed out on over the past few months!

The Islas – Somewhere In Between
Fresh from playing our TMB42 night last month, The Islas are back with another instalment from their forthcoming EP A Generation To Forget. The band have made a lasting impression on the local scene over the past year with their unique 00’s indie-influenced sound, and Somewhere In Between really hits the spot with its passionate, warming vocals about anxieties and missing home.

BaVard – Upside Down
Relative newcomers to the scene BaVard are slowly making a name for themselves after being shortlisted for an NMG Award and releasing some awesome new tracks this year. Upside Down is the latest addition to their back catalogue, with catchy instrumentals and a feel good chorus making this one of their best tracks yet.

Final Transmission – Dream Awake
After a lineup change and a short hiatus, Final Transmission are back with a crash and a bang with their enthralling new EP Samsara. Opening track Dream Awake is the perfect track to open up a new era for the band. The vocals from new frontman Alex are inch-perfect coupled with heavy rock instrumentals. 2019 looks to be an interesting year for the band.

Eeeyore – Heroine
Eeeyore have made a name for themselves around the region with their intense, unorthodox live performances and this really translates onto their debut EP RisingHeroine clocks in at just under two minutes packing in an in-your-face guitar riff which pulsates throughout and vocals that pack an almighty punch.

Stretch Soul Gang – Few Tricks
Arguably one of the best live bands in the East, the Stretch Soul Gang have been busy recording their debut EP which is set for release very soon. Few Tricks is just a snippet of what is to come from the six-piece funk heroes. The slow grooves, slick vocals and funky basslines makes us want a lot more music from the Gang.

The State – Human
After the departure of guitarist Will Goodey earlier in the year, The State are back with a new EP whetting the appetitive ahead of their third album releasing later on this year. Title track Human is a powerful industrial rock number with references to the rise of fascism, poverty and attacks on LGBTQ minorities.

Fightmilk – Summer Crush
The loveable Fightmilk unexpectedly brought forward their album release date a matter of days ago, meaning we got the pleasure of listening to the amazing Not With That Attitude early! Summer Crush is a track which brings out the best of Fightmilk with intriguing vocals and classic pop-punk instrumentals. Catch them at The Hunter Club on 17/11 supporting Gaffa Tape Sandy!

Amethysts – How It Is
A new release from Amethysts is always going to go down well with us here, and How It Is sees the duo crank it up a notch with beautiful atmospheric instrumentals and a flawless vocal performance which really shows why they won an NMG Award earlier on in the year and have had countless plays on national radio.

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21/09 – Best In The East Spotify Playlist

When we first started the Blog we created a Spotify playlist featuring new music and old favourites from bands around the region. For some unknown reason it fell by the wayside but it’s now back in all its glory!

This fortnights offering includes these awesome little numbers:

AMONG THE CITIZENS – WORDS MEAN NOTHING
Easily one of the best indie tracks released this year with its ridiculously catchy guitar riffs and relentless vocals, the Among The Citizens lads have had a belter of a year having won the Breakthrough award at the recent NMG Awards whilst also playing gigs around the region in Stamford, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. The foursome embark on their first UK tour next month promoting their soon-to-be-released EP which we can’t wait to hear!

FFION REBECCA – DEVIL
Another artist who was successful at the 2018 NMG Awards was female soloist Ffion Rebecca who walked away with the 18 & Under award. Rebecca stole the show on the night of the awards with inch-perfect performances of her newly-recorded tracks. Devil shows off her impressive vocal range complimenting the slick contemporary R’n’B production. She is definitely one to watch in the future!

BASEMENT STRIPPERS – BLINDFOLD
Without a doubt one of our favourite EPs of 2018, Bedfordshire rockers Basement Strippers are on top form on Echo Chamber with lead single Blindfold showing off their new grittier sound of intense instrumentals and a powerful vocal delivery from frontman Jamie Gilman-Lewis. The band travel to Bury St Edmunds on Friday 12th October for our gig night, supporting War Waves, don’t miss their set!

KYANOS – LOST IN BLUE
The BurySOUND 2018 Rising Star winners KYANOS proved why they are one of the most-talked about bands in the East when they released the gorgeously funky Lost In Blue at the start of the month. The smooth guitar rhythms and chilled out vocals makes this a real favourite during their live performances. Make sure you catch them headline the 3rd November Washing Machine night at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds!

POLLY HAYNES – WOULD YOU WAIT?
2018 has been a phenomenal year for female soloists in the area, and Polly Haynes has really proved why she is one of the best out there with her three superb releases. Would You Wait? has an Americana/soul vibe to it, showing off her versatile vocals and talented songwriting skills. More is still to come from Polly and her brilliant backing band, but for now, listen to this and her other two tracks I’m Fine and Pulling Me Backwards.

HUCKLEBERRY HARRISON – TAKE IT OFF
After the Mac DeMarco-inspired 2017 album What The Huck? and a subsequent year at university, the loveable Huckleberry Harrison returned late last month with the sonic Take It Off full to the brim with electronic beats and a small dose of Auto-Tune for effect. A completely different style to his previous music, Harrison completely pulls it off on production alone, leaving us completely in the dark as to what he’ll be releasing next.

FIGHTMILK – FOUR STAR HOTEL
Everyone’s favourite pop-punk band are back with an almighty bang with Four Star Hotel, a tale of a trip to Amsterdam and troublesome heartbreak. Their relatable, memorable lyrics really resonate on this track which is the first to come from their debut full-length album Not With That Attitude. It’s out on 2nd November, a mere 15 days before they tear up The Hunter Club supporting Gaffa Tape Sandy!

ENTERLUDE – THINKING ABOUT YOU TOO
Everybody knows how much we love Enterlude and this track is no exception. Having released their eponymous debut EP earlier this month, the lads have released two new tracks before embarking on new adventures with Thinking About You Too being the pick of the bunch! The delicate vocals and gentle instrumentals shows off a more emotional side to their songwriting, making this one of their best releases to date.

THE NEXT BEST IN THE EAST UPDATE IS COMING FRIDAY 5TH OCTOBER AT 19:00!
Featuring new music from The Baskervilles, Pink Lemonade, War Waves and more!

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Bury Fringe All-Dayer 2018 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

An incredible array of talent was on display at The Hunter Club yesterday (Saturday 5th May) for the 7th annual Bury Fringe All-Dayer, headlined by the rampant Gaffa Tape Sandy.

The day was brilliantly started with bands from Queens Road Rock School, Queen Dogs showed vast confidence beyond the years playing covers of One Way or Another and a great cover of Transmission by Joy Division, whilst The Daze played some original tracks alongside covers of Use Somebody and Blitzkrieg Bop. Both bands went down really well with the crows, and it really was a great way to kick off the day.

Opening The Magic Carpet Stage was rising star Noah Evans, another performer in the same age range as the bands before, but still showing off his incredible talents playing tracks from his debut EP See It Through which is now on Spotify. These three acts really shows that the Bury St Edmunds area is abundant with young talent, and it’s so promising to see this!

Going back to the Main Hall, alt-rocker Sophie Mahon and her backing band wowed the crowd with a truly awesome 80’s influenced-set featuring crowd favourite 2bf which is a really really brilliant track. Turning 180 degrees, it was then Blue Mean Eyes turn to shine and they certainly did. Tearing through tracks like Brixton Shrug, the trio proved during their set that they are set for big things, especially considering that they have new music on it’s way!

Enterlude brought their indie-synth sound to the Washing Machine stage, playing the phenomenal tracks Hurt Yourself and British Dream whilst also showing off new track Dancing With The Devil. With a support slot for Bessie Turner coming up for the band, they’ll just get better and better. After their set, Cambridge’s Lemondaze played a blinder of a set, with their stunning shoegaze sound really connecting with the large crowd. They are definitely a band to keep an eye out for, really promising stuff!

Our first visit to the Rock Against Racism Stage, run by Toonteen’s Joe Weaver, saw us see the brilliant BAILEY. Starting his set with his debut single The Future, his elevating-pop sound really shone through as his set went on, he has new tracks on the way and we can’t wait to hear them. Next up on stage was the delightful Matt Hammond who was a really interesting act to watch. It was lovely to sit and admire his guitar work, his intricate guitar melodies were truly impressive, especially during the wonderful Skylines.

A late replacement after the Interesting Times Gang sadly pulled out, KULK played two sets during the day. Heavy rock is their speciality, especially when they’re playing the bloody insane tracks Fix Me and Toxic. Every time I see these, they just get better and better, and to get that sound from only two people is just jaw-dropping! After seeing them support DRUIDS in January, it was really nice to see Stealing Signs back with their sweet alternative rock, playing one of my personal favourite local tracks You Will Be and many more. Every time these lads perform they put on a great show, we can’t wait to see them at Homegrown Festival!

Rounding off the first half of the all-dayer were the wonderful trio of The Glitter Shop. They may have only played a handful of gigs together since forming, but as soon as they stepped on stage, you would have thought they would have been playing together for years. Not only do their studio releases Fizz and Sleep sound great live, the other tracks on their set like Throwing Apples and Call The Bank topped off with their frantic energy on stage proves why they are one of the most exciting bands to have come out of the local scene in years.

After a much-needed food break, Kelodown and their hard rock sound really got the crowd moving proving why they made to the final of BurySound this year. With more gigs under their belt, the band will get even better, especially if they write tracks as good as Carpet Burn and Occupational HazardThe Baby Seals made their Hunter Club debut with a formidable set filled with really fun tracks with bonkers names like My Labia Is Lopsided But I Don’t Mind and Nipple Hair. Hopefully they play there again soon, because they were ace!

Playing before the headliners on the Rock Against Racism stage were The Catch with one  of the best sets of the entire day. Their new tracks sound really really impressive especially the thumping Can You Feel It? and Hindsight, which really compliment the rest of their packed set which include crowd favourite Tie Dye and new single Sort It Out. Quality as always from one of the best bands in Bury.

SIAH played a long over-due set on Chris’s Stage, with their post-punk hits Susie Smokes and A French Girl sounding really great as always. Let’s hope that they release some new music before the year is out because it’s desperately needed! Fresh off the back of a European tour, Fightmilk were another band returning to the Hunter Club with their epic pop-punk tracks like Pity Party, making the release of their debut album hotly anticipated!

Co-headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage were indie-rock legends The Baskervilles. The band have recently released new track Blood In My Mouth which sounds truly majestic live, alongside their set-opener Kalashnikov and all-round belter Death Of A Pop Song. We really can’t wait to hear what the foursome release next because they’re one of the best indie rock groups around locally. The other band co-headlining the RAR stage were 2017 BurySOUND finalists Goldblume, a commanding set from the god-like trio who played Razor, from their RSD vinyl release, which sounded utterly sublime. Their bold stage presence was a joy to watch and was the perfect way to close the stage. Two real highlights of the day.

After releasing their second EP Life’s A Beach only last week, Tundra brought the summer vibes to Chris’s Stage with their glorious surf-punk sounds. They played the EP in full with Walking Stick and Swimming Shorts sounding absolutely huge with their awesome riffs and thundering drums. It’s no doubt that Tundra are a ‘live band’, and when it comes to playing their trademark song Vacation, you know that the crowd are going to go absolutely mental. And they certainly did. A really memorable set that led into the overall headliners set impeccably.

So, now onto the last act of the night, the absolutely AMAZING Gaffa Tape Sandy. The band had already played in Leeds earlier on in the day, but they saved their A-game for their hometown crowd bursting into the frantic Transylvania and the snappy Water Bottle with moshpits already forming in the packed crowd. The trio played a mix of old and new with the well-received Smart Dressed Guy and L’Appel du Vide still sounding so exciting and fresh. New tracks Turnstile and Meathead went down a treat with the crowd too, with the fun instrumentals and perfect vocals really packing a punch, the latter is being released soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! And by the way Manager is still class, probably the most underrated track from their debut EP Spring Killing. They closed their set with the ever-present Beehive, inviting the absolute legend Seymour Quigley to crowd surf whilst they played it. With several festival dates this summer lined up, there’s no doubt that they are one of the most exciting bands in the UK at the moment. Go and see them if you ever have the chance!

Well done to all the acts who played yesterday! Special shout out to Substation, Rosa, Alicia Hall, Robert C Taylor, Ben Pegley, Phoebe Austin and Grandma’s Waffle Velocity too!

Thanks to everyone involved for putting on a great event!

Written by Marc Manning                Graphics by Guy Rodwell