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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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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.