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F.O.X @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Colchester’s F.O.X tore the roof of the Hunter Club last night (7th April) with their stunning synth-pop sounds.

The first band to perform on the night were Among The Citizens, a four-piece indie band from Peterborough. The band released a truly great EP last year, and their setlist revolved around it, firing through tracks like Needy and Our Love. ATC’s tight-knit sound was a perfect way to open the night especially with their start time delayed due to technical problems.

A pleasant surprise on the night was soloist Leaone who was up next. Having not heard any previous music, I was instantly wowed by his emotional brand of pop music. End of the World was easily my highlight of what was a really strong set, but interestingly Leaone released two EP’s in 2017 full of really great tracks so you need to get your ears in to them! If you’re a fan of The National I think you’ll love him.

The psychedelic vibes from KYANOS packed out the room once again in slightly more modest surroundings after their last set at The Apex. The band look so comfortable up on stage performing some of their best tracks Thunder In Japan and So High whilst playing tracks from their forthcoming album like Lost In Blue and Sunlight. Once KYANOS start playing in different venues around the area, they’ll get even better.

Sun Scream were next, and this was very very exciting with the band having released their debut EP the day before. The majority of their set includes tracks from Take It Easy with the 6Music-endorsed Extract and ferocious Samsara sounding absolutely massive, alongside usual favourites Sun ScreamDavid Lynch and the mega She. The band are on to big things and with some great tracks and an EP under their belt they are without a doubt one of the best bands in the East.

Anyone who spoke to me after the night will know how much I loved the F.O.X set and you could now say I am their biggest fan. From the first track, they blew me away with how tight they were as a trio musically, and their mesmerising light show which really fitted in with their on-stage image. The tracks they have are really really special and there’s no surprise there having supported the likes of Depeche Mode and Florence and the Machine in the past.

The trio have two great albums out, with a third on it’s way, and they are truly well worth a listen. Wild Horses is one of those tracks that will get you dancing, not forgetting the equally as brilliant set closer I Am Electric and We Are The Younger People. By the end of the night, the whole room was dancing along to a really special set. This set topped off what was easily one of the best Washing Machine night’s yet.

Be sure to keep an eye out on The Music Blog 42 social media accounts for all the latest news from the acts who performed tonight!

The next Washing Machine is on 21st April with a 6pm kick-off at The Hunter Club. Headlining are the rock legends A HORSE CALLED WAR, supported by RAD PITT, BRACKEN, CLOWN SMASH EVERYTHING and ALL WE KNOW.

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TheState @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Another great night at The Hunter Club culminated in an intriguing headline set from TheState.

Having not played a hometown gig for a while, the duo brought their intense sounds and stage show to the infamous Washing Machine stage.
Fusing their heavy guitar riffs with synths and samples, they captivated everyone from the off, playing snippets of speeches from May and Trump before launching into huge tracks like Fairy Tales and Ghost, and premiering a brilliant brand new track The Resistance.
Whether it be the guitarist’s electric riffs or the vocalist’s power, the tracks have a different edge to them live, it’s no surprise that their live performances are very well received. And if you came here for “songs about puppies and sunshine”, then you definitely came to the wrong place.
Check TheState out on streaming services and social media, you won’t regret it.

Acoustic performer Alicia Hall kicked off the night with a great blend of original tracks but also covers, performing the likes of Alanis Morrisette and Radiohead. A welcome start to what was bound to be a very heavy evening.

My Nan Can Backflip were up next, a very eccentric and perplexing trio. Don’t get me wrong, musically it’s perfect and their song titles (Big Fat Gaz, Electric Hand Man) are pretty funny, but eating a cucumber on stage and doing a ‘dance off’ midway through your set… don’t ruin and detract from what was actually a rather alright set.

Having seen ALL WE KNOW several times before, it’s clear that they’re just getting better and better with every gig, and are starting to get the acknowledgement they deserved. Tracks like Hear Me Out sound so much better live, with a little more fine tuning and with an EP soon to be recorded, the hardcore trio are in for a hue 2018.

Before the headline set from TheState came the excellent The Thinking Men. We’ve been hearing excellent things about the group, and they didn’t let us down, sounding absolutely awesome from the start. Their setlist was perfect, playing tracks like the audience-requested The Graveyard Shift and new track Nazareth.
Finishing their set on Pied Piper, it’s clear why the band has such a cult following. The amount of passion shown by the energetic frontman and the drummer, in fact from the whole band, was so great to see. A live band you NEED in your life.

Next Washing Machine: 17th March – Dingus Khan w/ Blue Mean Eyes, Sam Eagle And The Lemon Lizards, Radio Orwell, Substation and The Daze. 6pm KO.

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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!

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Track Reviews

Track Review: Heathen – Eye In The Sky

East Anglian band Heathen released their debut original track Eye In The Sky on Friday (19th February) and it’s safe to say it’s epic!

The six-piece group started out as a rock covers band, covering tracks by the legendary likes of Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And after learning this, I feel like this has really helped find their sound since they’ve started writing original tracks.

In 2017, the band started to write original material and have produced an EP called Bite The Bullet which is due for release later in the year.

Eye In The Sky is the lead track from the soon-to-be-released EP, and after listening to this, I can’t wait to hear what else they’ve been working on! A classic rock track with triumphant, passionate vocals, Eye In The Sky is a two and a half minute whirlwind filled with jaw-dropping guitar riffs and brilliantly-honed guitar melodies which really help bring the track together.

A fantastic debut track from Heathen. Touted as “Suffolk’s premier rock covers band” by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, now the band are out for original success. And with this track, they’re off to a winner already!

Buy the track on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/eye-in-the-sky/1331102752?i=1331103734

Heathen band members:
Greg Smith – Lead Vocals
John Turner – Lead Guitar
Steve Smith – Drums
Boli Boland – Bass Guitar
Dave Hetherington – Rhythm Guitar
Jack Turner – Rhythm Guitar

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Heathen are taking part in BurySOUND this year, competing on 9th February in Heat 3 at Haverhill Arts Centre! Kicking off at 6pm and only £5 a ticket! Come along!

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DRUIDS @ The Hunter Club, BSE

The first Washing Machine of 2018 saw DRUIDS rock out to a sold-out Hunter Club on Saturday (20th December).

Saturday’s gig kicked off with the grunge-rock of GROUTS, a mysterious four-piece duo whose set was filled with snarling, distorted riffs and thrashing drums. The Interesting Times Gang followed up next with their quirky, catchy tracks about their sci-fi adventures, listen to them on Soundcloud!

The newest band on the block, The Glitter Shop, whipped the sold-out crowd into a frenzy with their brilliant indie-pop sound next. With their set starting with the soothing Alive, the band went full throttle into the plethora of new songs the band have recently been writing. Although the highlight of their set was the live debut of Fizz (#4 in our East Anglia Song of the Year), insanely good live and so much passion on stage from Harry, Barny, Ruby and co. A band to look out for, new music is on its way…

Stealing Signs gained themselves a new fan after their set, so much so that I treated myself to their new EP on WHITE VINYL! Something about them made me hooked from the off, their smooth riffs which lifted anthemically in each track and their lead singer’s incredible vocals could be a factor. They definitely know how to write a great alt-rock track, without a doubt my favourite track of the set was the jingly groove of You Will Be. The band will definitely be back in the near future at a Washing Machine, so go and see them and be blown away.

Finally, the headline act DRUIDS took to the stage. Having listened to their latest album all week, I was definitely excited about their set and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Launching their new EP, they played the title track Up To Mars which was very well-received by the packed crowd, however even more so when Washing Machine legend Seymour Quigley joined the band wearing a Jean-Lou Picard mask (he had been spotted in the audience by the band earlier in their set). As well as tracks from the new EP, they played several ‘old favourites’ in the triumphant Mission and the really rather good Stuart Slater Alligator. If you’re a fan of intense basslines and thumping drums, you’ll love DRUIDS!

Once again another great night of music at The Hunter Club, filled with bands that you all need to listen to RIGHT NOW!

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The Fiver @ The Cambridge Junction

Six hugely talented bands played a blinder of a night at the Cambridge Junction last night (12th January) as part of ‘The Fiver’

Influx of Insanity kicked off proceedings with their own brand of rock music. The duo are a completely different beast live compared to the studio versions, with their electric riffs really making the grade. The band are playing BurySOUND this year (23rd Feb). Be sure to check them out as these lot could be the dark horses.

Another band playing BurySOUND this year are BSE’s indie rock threesome THE CATCH. Like many bands, this was the first time I have seen them live, and it certainly won’t be the last. They bamboozled their way through their epic set, playing ARTIST and VEXED in the process. These lot have been tipped to be BSE’s next big thing. Trust me, they are.

Next band up, Pretty Ace. The four-piece girl band were a pleasant surprise to the lineup, performing some great pop-rock tunes like I Wanna Be Your Lover and Lights In The City. The tight unity among the group showed throughout, flowing seamlessly through their setlist, closing with the anthemic Alright Mama, which is already our favourite East Anglian Song of 2018. Keep an eye out for these, and make sure you listen to their new EP!

Alternative trio The Green Brothers were up next and rip-roared their way through a great setlist including the great Who Wants All, and the brilliantly-named track Wetherspoon. The band remind me of Aldeburgh’s Fick As Fieves, with their punchy guitar riffs and the feisty vocals really making their tracks even better live. Check them out on Soundcloud, they’re great!

Gaffa Tape Sandy. You do this every time. This is the third time I’ve seen the loveable trio from BSE and they just get better every time. Alongside the ‘old’ classics Transylvania and Manager were the brand spanking new tracks Turnstile and Fridge, An insanely insane set which makes us at The Music Blog 42 so so excited about their upcoming new music. This was the first time I’d seen them on a big stage, and they definitely belong there.

Green Dolphin rounded out the night with their smooth indie sounds. For a band of their age, they seemed so comfortable on the stage, getting the crowd to throw themselves about to their thrashing tracks. I’d never heard of the band before this gig, but lads, you’ve now got yourself a new fan!

A great night of music as usual in East Anglia, and a night which highlights the outstanding potential so many bands have in the area! Get yourself to one of these in the future!

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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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Dingus Khan @ The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds

Another Saturday, another Washing Machine at The Hunter Club, and tonight was the long-anticipated live return from Manningtree’s finest Dingus Khan.

Before the main event, four excellent bands entertained the ever-growing crowd.

Colchester’s Nothing. Existed. were up next, however due to transport issues and miscellanous reasons, I unfortunately missed their set apart from their last track. A very different sound to what I and many others have heard at a Washing Machine gig, but ultimately a very fresh and great way to open what was bound to be a superb night of live music. These are definitely a group you need to see to believe, and I for one will definitely go and see these again.

Ugly delighted crowds with their cheeky brand of alternative-indie. The overwhelming highlight of their riff-packed set was the superbly-named The Last Supper At The Regal Wetherspoons, a song dedicated to Cambridge’s Wetherspoons and ‘how atrocious it is’, I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. But anyway, a great set from a band who haven’t performed in Bury for a long long time, and hopefully they’ll be back sooner this time.

Another band who haven’t perfomed at The Hunter Club for quite a while are the incredible Kyanos. They stunned the packed-out venue with their psychedelic sounds. They played tracks from their recently released EP Elevator To Japan, alongside another yet-to-be-released new track So High, which sounds so so good and could easily be their best song yet. A big set from one of the rising talents on the Bury music scene.

Sun Scream, another Bury band, warmed up the crowd with their superb psychedelic alternative rock. The four-piece band ploughed their way through several tracks that sounded incredible, with honourable mentions to their most-loved tracks She and then the set-closer, the thumping Sun Scream which is such a beautifully loud number. The band also teased new music, which as ever, sounds absolutely awesome. Hopefully a headline set is coming soon…

The roaring Dingus Khan closed proceedings with their anthemic headline set and my god, it’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Having been away for a few years, they sounded better than ever belting out their most popular tracks like Ambulance and Plank, with some stunning dance moves to boot. Milk From Every Mammal as ever sounds even better live than on the studio version. The band unfortunately weren’t allowed to use their ever-present giant inflatable swan, however that didn’t detract from their epic hour-long set. Another great track Knifey Spoony was ultimately the highlight from such a great set.

Dingus Khan are well and truly back, and with their new album out in two weeks (they said that their album was delayed because of the new £1 and £5 currency change!), it’s getting better and better for the band.

Please remember to ignore the giant swan in the corner.

Nothing. Existed.’s SoundCloud
Ugly’s SoundCloud
Kyanos SoundCloud
Sun Scream’s SoundCloud
Dingus Khan’s SoundCloud

The next Washing Machine is Saturday 4th November! Featuring the first headline set from SIAH, and the last ever gig from The Virtues!