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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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Bessie Turner @ The Hunter Club, BSE

A sublime headline set from Bessie Turner entertained a strong crowd at an extremely hot Hunter Club on Saturday evening.

New band on the scene Salvador opened up the evening with their chilled indie-rock sound, songs like Gum Disease and Slow Down really stood out and excitingly enough the band are heading into the studio to record an EP which will be out towards the end of the year. An impressive way to start the evening.

Another act making their Hunter Club debut was indie-pop newcomer James Cooper, who brought along a small legion of fans with him. Anoraks and Blue Eyes were the standout tracks here, though his cover of Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys showed off a more grittier side to his sound. His debut EP released last year was very strong, and it’ll be great to see what he can do in the future.

After sadly pulling out of the Fringe All-Dayer in May, we were VERY excited to see The Interesting Times Gang perform once again after their dazzling set here in January, and once again they proved why they are starting to grab people’s attention around the local scene. Their unique selection of tracks are ultimately catchy with the formidable Wayward Navigator and the intensely brilliant Enough Is Enough capturing the crowd’s imagination right from the start. ITG are definitely a band you need to see whenever you get the chance.

Enterlude burst on to the scene late last year, and ever since then have gone from strength to strength with stellar sets at their BurySOUND heat and at the Fringe All-Dayer, but tonight was a set to remember for sure.
The whole band were on it from the get-go, referencing England’s win over Sweden earlier on in the day asking if there was “anyone from Sweden here”, before launching into several new tracks like I’m Happy Being Miserable which will be on their debut EP which is set to be released towards the end of the year. 
Hurt Yourself
and British Dream sounded as brilliant as ever, with the latter most definitely our favourite song of 2018 so far. These lads have the potential to be a massive success on the local scene, and on tonight’s performance it could be sooner rather than later.

When it was announced last April that Bessie Turner was going to headline her first Washing Machine, we were instantly excited, mainly due to the fact that she has been one of the biggest success stories to come out of the region in years with extensive national radio-play and a truly magical EP release which has captured attention across the country. And as expected, she definitely didn’t disappoint.
Her set was largely based around her debut EP 22:22, opening with the soothing Casa and Big Sleep before exploding into life with cheeky excerpts about how football is coming home and her infatuation with the eyes of English defender John Stones.
The loveable crowd interaction made the gig feel even more intimate, with the bouncy-jazz of In My Room and several new tracks really connecting to the large crowd who instantly fell in love with the charming Turner.
Words You Say closed what was another brilliant night of music, but shows why in only a weeks time Bessie Turner is headlining the Introducing Stage at Latitude. Another accolade to add to an ever-growing list of achievements.

NEXT EVENT: Bury Fringe Fundraiser @ The Constitutional Club featuring STRETCH SOUL GANG, KELODOWN, LUCY GRUBB, SHADLEY HARRIS AND MORE! £5 entry with doors opening at 7pm. BE THERE.

The Music Blog 42 are proud to announce our first ever gig night at The Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 18th August.. Joining the line-up are BSE psych-rockers SUN SCREAM, BurySOUND 2018 winners INFLUX OF INSANITY and more to be announced very very soon! Details to be confirmed shortly.

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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

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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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Dingus Khan @ The Hunter Club, BSE (17/03/2018)

The third Washing Machine of the year saw Dingus Khan make a sweaty return to the Hunter Club.

The Manningtree five-piece rocked from the start, ploughing through legendary hits like Plank and Ambulance, where the band’s infectious energy rubbed off on the packed out venue which was shaking to its very core.

New material was played in what was nearly a 90-minute set, the absolutely barnstormer of a hit My Number was the highlight of the new tracks, a track that is so ferociously delicious it’s already a fan favourite and the track My New Hat, members of the band passed out pieces of their merch throughout this one, no second guesses as to what the pieces of merch were…

The loving crowd got rowdier and rowdier, and as soon as the band launched into the revered track Knifey Spoony local legend Seymour Quigley was crowd-surfing around the venue, audience members were up on stage and the temperature in the room increased by about 1000 degrees.

But let’s not forget the band’s who opened the night of brilliant music.

Members of Queen’s Road Rock School (run by Linzi Stivey and White) made their Hunter Club debut with bands Substation and The Daze, which really shows that the BSE music scene has such a bright future. Substation’s track Intention is a great tune!

Radio Orwell were up next, another brilliant five-piece group who have a hint of The National about them. Their new track Stolen Sense Of Wonder is a wonderful slice of alternative goodness, not to forget the brilliance of I Disappear and Speaking About It. We can’t wait to hear more from them!

It’s the second time we’ve seen the smooth Sam Eagle and his band of Lemon Lizards, and it’s clear they are going places. Having gained extensive radio play for the chilled 15/8, Eagle showed why he is so highly-rated among the local scene with an awesome set. And also, Moon Jelly is such a really really really tasty track. Go listen to all of his music now.

Finishing off the undercard were the terrific trio of Blue Mean Eyes. The band have gone through extensive changes the past year, however, the trio were on fine form tonight showing off new tracks but also playing some old favourites as well. They finished on the track Escapade which is just phenomenal! New music is bound to be on its way and we can’t wait to hear it.

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BurySOUND Heat 5 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Cambridge’s Influx of Insanity were the winners of Heat 5 of BurySOUND at The Hunter Club on Friday (23rd February).

Abbey Green started the night off, proclaiming their set was going to be “half covers, half originals”. Their original tracks sounded decent and with more practice and evolving they’d be a pretty good acoustic duo!

The second band on were Influx of Insanity. Astonishingly these lads are only 13 and 14, and it’s even more impressive with the music they produce. Their brand of prog-rock won the crowd and judges over with great tracks like Envious Souls and Scaffolded Minds, not to forget the tight creative chemistry between them. The duo have so much potential, keep an eye out for their new music being released soon!

The hotly-tipped KULK have had a pretty good start to the year, with 6Music’s Steve Lamacq dubbing them ‘Stowmarket’s Royal Blood’ and re-releasing their tracks Fix Me and Toxic. The tracks have a different edge to them live, they’re definitely one of the best live bands around at the moment, with such incredible stage presence. This time next year, they’ll be huge!

EEEYORE, from the outskirts of Cambridge, brought their stoner-rock sounds to their set. The quartet looked very comfortable on stage, and they’ve got a really great sound about them. Their opening track Out of Sight is such a great tune! Tonight was their first time playing at The Hunter Club, let’s hope they’re back asap!

Indie rockers The Catch closed the heat with a great set which included the likes of Artist and Tie Dye, which was premiered on the Blog earlier this week. The trio are fast becoming a huge band on the local scene and the crowd’s admiration for them was evident, culminating in a huge moshpit for set closer Vexed.

Having been judging, we only saw the last ten minutes of A Horse Called War’s set. But all we can say was that it was loud, very loud and absolutely phenomenal. They’re back at The Hunter Club on 21st April!

Congratulations to Oli and Dom of Influx of Insanity for going through to the final!

BurySOUND final is 9th March at The Apex, with a line-up of ORGAN OF CORTI, KYANOS, INDECISION, KELODOWN and INFLUX OF INSANITY! 

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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!

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Homegrown Festival Showcase @ The Hunter Club

An outstanding night of live music at The Hunter Club proved that East Anglia has some of the most diverse and extraordinary talents in the UK music scene.

The night, hosted by Barrow’s Homegrown Festival, kicked off with Cambridgeshire’s own Tom Lumley. The singer, along with his very own backing band, proved to be the perfect warm-up for the night ahead with his mix of indie-pop packed with electric riffs and anthemic lyrics, a real crowd pleaser. It’s no wonder why he has already supported acts like The Hunna in recent months. Having recently released a new single Just Like The Light and with last night (29th September) being the first date of a tour which covers the length of the UK, there’s no reason why Lumley can’t go on to become an even bigger name in not only East Anglia but nationally. This was his first gig in Bury St Edmunds, and hopefully there is more to come.

Next up to the fold were Ipswich’s Underline The Sky. In a set which was unfortunately marred by technical difficulties, though this was not the fault of the band, they pulled off an excellent set which really got the crowd going. The band have a great back catalogue of music, having released one full=length record and several EPs, and their setlist proved it, rip-roaring their way through their 30 minute slot. Though their own songs were excellent, the ear-catching part of their set was their pop-punk take on Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together, a fantastic cover. Underline The Sky undoubtedly put on a great show, aside from the few problems. The wait for even more new music continues…

Sudbury’s smooth groving Stretch Soul Gang were the next band to showcase their talents, and they totally did. A packed crowd danced their way through an astonishing set from such a unique group, not many people can say they’ve seen a soul/hip-hop/jazz group. No word of a lie, they are possibly one of the best bands I’ve actually seen live… excellent showmanship, inch-perfect falsettos, soothing basslines, and a great set of songs like the tunes Ain’t Got No Money and Sharks at the Wheel prove that Stretch Soul Gang are one of the most promising acts in the East. They had the audience in the palm of their hand, and there’s no doubt that in the not-so-distant future they’ll be entertaining even bigger crowds, and playing even bigger stages.

Last to entertain the packed out venue were Aldeburgh’s Fick As Fieves and they rounded off a superb night of live music with a bang, The trio’s indie rock lifted the room, a very polished performance. The band’s music appears on Spotify’s The Indie List, and it’s no surprise off of the back of this performance with their energetic stage presence, catchy riffs and pounding drums. Having formed only a year ago, it’s fair to say that the trio have come a long way in such a short space of time. The band teased us with new material which sounded just as good as their current work like Label Us and Insomnia. Championed by BBC Introducing Suffolk, they are definitely set for bigger things.

An exciting night showcasing some of the best musical talents in East Anglia. A huge shoutout to the people at Homegrown Festival for organising the event, same again next year?

 

Homegrown Festival 2018 tickets are on sale NOW on the link below!
http://homegrownfest.co.uk/tickets/4592101812