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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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Features

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!.

 

LISTEN TO THESE TRACKS ON OUR PLAYLIST HERE:

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Gig Reviews

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

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Track Reviews

Vinyl Review: You Flexi Thing Vol.4 (RSD 18)

Loved by Record Store Day goers and local music fans, R*E*P*E*A*T Records have announced the fourth instalment to their You Flexi Thing catalogue, titled Look Sharp, with tracks from loveable trios Gaffa Tape Sandy and Goldblume.

Gaffa Tape Sandy’s Smart Dressed Guy, their debut single released in 2016, sums up their reputable style perfectly: frantic, energetic and exhilarating. Described by the NME as “giddily frantic, high-octane hyper rock ‘n’ roll”, the trio from Bury St Edmunds will be tearing up festival stages across the country this summer.

Cambridge’s Goldblume treat us to a sneak peak to material from their upcoming untitled debut album with the track Razor, a great rock track which shows so much promise and makes the album so hotly anticipated. They too have festival dates over the summer so go check them out!

Look Sharp: You Flexi Thing Vol 4 will be available from participating indie record stores, with remaining copies available from the R*E*P*E*A*T Bandcamp and from the bands at gigs.

Gaffa Tape Sandy
SAT 21 APRIL (evening) The Smokehouse Ipswich UK
SAT 5 MAY Live At Leeds 2018 Leeds UK
SAT 5 MAY Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival All-Dayer 2018 Bury St Edmunds
SUN 6 MAY Sound City Festival 2018 Liverpool
THU 17 MAY – SAT 19 MAY The Great Escape 2018 Brighton
FRI 29 JUNE WOW Festival 2018 Burston
SAT 21 JULY – Truck Festival 2018 Derby

Goldblume
SAT 21ST APRIL Relevant Records, Cambridge UK – Exclusive Free Acoustic Record Store Day Show 5pm
SAT 21ST APRIL (evening) – Blue Moon Cambridge UK
SAT 5TH MAY – Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival All-Dayer Bury St Edmunds UK
SUN 6TH MAY – Green Man Beer and Music Festival, Cambridge UK
SAT 2ND JUNE – Love Music Hate Racism Stage, Strawberry Fair, Cambridge UK

Both bands are playing sets at Vinyl Hunter, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds from 1pm on Saturday 21st April!