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Track Review: History & Lore – St. Claire

Cambridgeshire’s leading indie band History & Lore exceed expectations once again with their beautiful new track St. Claire.

Ever-present in their hit-filled setlists, St. Claire is a track which really ups the tempo of their live performances and definitely gets their gig-goers moving.

The first twenty seconds of the track grab you instantly, the lonely sounds of drum and synth soon cascade into a wall of catchy guitar riffs and dreamy synth lines.

St. Claire is easily the best vocal performance on a track from frontman Danny Kingsley since 2017’s Black Eyes. His emotive vocals throughout leads into an anthemic chorus, which is arguably the catchiest of the year so far.

After a year of winning the BurySOUND Rising Star award and playing gigs for Radio X and BBC Introducing, it’s clear that they have bags of potential, especially after releasing what could be the best track out of Cambridge this year.

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EP Review: Gaffa Tape Sandy – Family Mammal

After months of hard work in the studio, Gaffa Tape Sandy have finally let their second EP Family Mammal loose to critical acclaim.

Their instant hit Beehive is unleashed on us right from the get-go, with the band’s proven formula of catchy hooks and razor-sharp instrumentation winning over fans only one song in.

My Desperate House is a boisterous number, a classic full throttle garage rock track brought to the fore by the raspy vocals of Kim Jarvis.

When it comes to songwriting there’s really no competition when it comes to this trio, and Meat Head and Headlights prove they are really at the top of the game. Meat Head‘s intense, passionate message of equality and the mental health awareness in Headlights shows why the band resonates with so many people.

Dinner Jacket shows off a more gentle side to their sound, with Catherine Lindley-Nelson’s vocals really shining through as the track rounds off with a thunderous finish.

One of the four tracks released before the EP was So Dry, a track which was inspired by “the people who really, really annoy us” but packs an absolutely killer chorus.

Ever since they starting touring this track back in 2017, Turnstile has been a fan favourite and it’s great to see it finally getting a studio release. Drummer Robin Francis sets the pace of the track with ease whilst the playful dual vocals combine perfectly throughout.

Rounding off the EP is the vociferous Kill The Chord, it’s rock’n’roll sound packs an almighty punch with Lindley-Nelson’s vocals shining once again.

Every track is as infectious as the last “banging tune” and it’s hard not to be begging for more after this. Gaffa Tape Sandy are one of the most exciting bands out there, and after this showing it won’t be long until they hit the big time. Oh, and I’d hate to have to write a setlist for them now.

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TMB42 Spotlight: Enterlude

This month’s Spotlight is on one of the most exciting bands on the local scene : indie synth-pop band Enterlude.

Band Members:
Tom Paren – Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Josh Finch – Lead Guitar
Will Allsopp – Bass
Ted Ballam – Synthesizers
Ethan Richards – Drums

Although they are only starting to become more prominent within the local scene, the band formed in early 2016 which saw four out of the five members start learning their instruments from scratch, an impressive achievement for a band who are slowly becoming one of the hottest prospects on the local scene.

What makes Enterlude stand out from their guitar-driven counterparts within the scene is their use of electronic sounds within their indie-pop instrumentals. As heard in debut single Hurt Yourself, the driving synth rhythm which triumphantly weaves throughout the track combines well with the fuzzy guitar riffs and laid-back vocals. Though their debut single was a success, British Dream really is Enterlude at their best. The instantly memorable synths which links up with the confident vocals makes this easily one of our songs of the year.

The band interestingly state The Strokes and The Killers as just two of their influences within their music, two bands that have evolved their sound over the past few years to include more electronic-based instrumental. However they do state that they all have a variety of different music tastes which helps to contribute to their sound!

The start of 2018 saw them participate in their first BurySOUND heat, just a few months after playing their first Hunter Club gig supporting SIAH and The Virtues. They were desperately unlucky to miss out on going through to the final in what was a very strong heat, however the room was packed out for them and like they said “we had a full room going crazy to our songs”. Promising stuff, right?

The next few months is going to be interesting for the band, with an EP to be released towards the end of July which we really can’t wait to hear! Enterlude are also looking to play more gigs so if you’re a local promoter, be sure to get in touch with them via their Facebook page!

Upcoming Gigs:
7th July – Hunter Club – supporting Bessie Turner
August TBA – The Apex – playing The 545

For fans of: Blossoms, The Strokes, INXS

 

In an exciting new partnership with Huntingdon Community Radio, British Dream will be played throughout the station during the month of June!

Want to be July’s Spotlight? Get in touch with us via our email: themusicblog42@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Track Review: Enterlude – British Dream

If you were looking for a fresh new indie-pop band capable of writing absolutely huge tracks then Enterlude are the band for you.

After releasing debut single Hurt Yourself only a few weeks ago, which has a tinge of Kasabian mixed in with 80’s synth-pop, the band are unexpectedly back with the bloody awesome British Dream.

British Dream starts off with with a simple drum rhythm which then explodes into jittery guitar riffs and insanely good synths which pulsate throughout the track, combining well with the confidently-delivered lead vocals that will be stuck in your head for the next few days or even weeks!

The track is already one of our favourites of the year so far, and with various live dates coming up around Bury St Edmunds over the next few months, Enterlude can only get bigger from here on in.

Let’s hope they release another track as soon as possible!

British Dream is out now on all platforms.

Catch Enterlude at the Bury Fringe All Dayer on Saturday 5th May at The Hunter Club, their set time is 3:30!

They are also supporting the magnificent Bessie Turner on Saturday 7th July at the same venue!