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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: KYANOS – Lost In Blue

Ok so picture it now – it’s late 2017, maybe early actually, actually probably not. It’s like roughly late 2017. I’m at a gig in Bury St Edmunds’ The Hunter Club and a certain bass player from KYANOS approaches me drunk. He rambles for a while as I try and make out what he’s saying… turns out that KYANOS are planning a big release in the form of a rather large sized EP. Cut a year and a half down the line, many rumours and a couple of single releases later, we have today – the release of Lost in Blue.

Following the release of singles So High and title track to the EP Lost in Blue, this release really sees KYANOS come into their own and produce a sound that continues to excite and sooth at the same time.

EP opener How Much? sets the tone for the record, showing us just where they plan on taking us over the next 7 tracks. Providing signature KYANOS reverb soaked lead guitars that drive each section into the next. Perhaps one of the more traditionally structured songs we’ve heard from the band, moving between hook and verse for the first half of the song. This is then brought to a holt as the tempo increases and the band show us a stranger side to them. To me this shows that the band aren’t going to give us an EP confined to musical boundaries, as the synths kick in I know I’m glued to my earphones for the next 20 minutes.

The EP continues to move at KYANOS’ own pace as what was our first taste of the EP ‘So High’ plays us all into the most blissful sleepy daydream, singing the words “CLOSE YOUR EYES AND DRIFT ON BY” into our comfy daydream. We’re soon woken up by lo-fi instrumental Dive Into My Mind’s Eye, Gently, urging us to groove as drums beats and bass lines lock in tightly. The synth sounds on this particular track remind me of early Nineties house music, perhaps what’s helping me want to dance?

Title track Lost in Blue is up next, a personal favourite of mine. The track takes us on a journey through hooks in vocals and lead guitars good enough to give, well, actual pop music a run for its money? We’re soon transported to that familiar daydream state and the band shows us their more articulate side with interweaving jazz parts and tempo changes keeping us on our toes.

A change in feel again with Hit The Snooze, a slightly different side to the band than we’ve seen before. Delayed hand claps, swirling synths and a spoken word-esque vocals makes me think KYANOS have taken a leaf out of King Krule’s book? Regardless, lyrically I believe this is a shining moment for frontman Sam Golding, keeping the apparent themes of dreaming and the sea that the record has given us so far but also a different quirk to the lyrics we’ve not seen before.

Final two tracks Sunrise and Dopabean are perhaps two of my favourite in terms of their musical ability and genius over all. Sunrise is another slice of original KYANOS pie. Sweet yet soft melodies playing around with each other with a tight rhythm section that’s solid yet shows intricate jazz playing. Not only this though, it also has what appears to be a song inside a song as towards the end of the track Golding sings the melody and lyrics to So High over the top of the track. At this point it starts to become clear that perhaps the reoccurring themes in the record might be a concept? A breaking the forth wall kinda thing. Although that may be some Black Mirror shit I’m rattling on about.
Finally we have Dopabean, starting the sound of a radio skipping through stations, each time landing on a different track in the EP; this progresses into an acoustic track that appears to be a different track altogether from Dopabean itself. Leading me more into the conclusion that this EP is very self-aware and confined in a concept. As this section ends we hear a riff not to dissimilar from that of something an indie-rock band might produce. This then heavily progresses into a full blown ‘KYANOS does The Flaming Lips’ vibe that makes the perfect closer to what has been an incredible EP.

Top musical talent, top song writing and incredible production (p.s it’s self produced by the way). I’m new to the blog so not sure if we do ratings? Marc, do we do ratings? I don’t care! 10/10! TOP WORK.

Written by Harry Dale.

KYANOS are playing the Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival all-dayer alongside SINK YA TEETH, THE GLITTER SHOP, PET NEEDS and THE CATCH on Saturday May 4th at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds.

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Track Review: Rubber Jaw – Freaking Out

Creation23-signed Colchester Trio Rubber Jaw are back with another slice of raw cut emotion you can freak out to.

Rubber Jaw are a name you might have heard floating around the East Anglian Music scene for some time now, having been around for the past 2 years, they have already found themselves playing with Pete Doherty and 2018 saw them sign with Alan McGee’s new venture, Creation23, a label celebrating guitar music and the vinyl revival. New single Freaking Out is the latest release on the label and boy are we happy about it.

Having only one other release under their belts, Rubber Jaw have already made a name for themselves with their own brand of indie-ballads, explosive choruses and eery synths. Freaking Out is no exception to this.

Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Feeling Funny, it too is packed with emotion wall to wall. Jumping between sections of droned synths and soft pianos to the crash of distorted guitars and whaling vocals backed with drum beats with enough groove to give ?uestlove a run for his money – its fair to say Freaking Out is a roller-coaster and I for one can’t wait to catch them live in order to scream the words back at them while I jump up and down and cry uncontrollably…

If the band continue to turn heads the way they are currently and with label backing from McGee himself, future years could see the band become the British version of Arcade Fire that we perhaps didn’t know we needed.

Written by Harry Dale

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EP Review: Enterlude – Enterlude

Last May we said that Enterlude are a band capable of writing “absolutely huge tracks”, and their debut EP proves our point.

Since their formation late last year, the quintet have really gone from strength to strength having owned their BurySOUND heat, supported Bessie Turner and played their biggest gig to date at The Apex. But with the release of their self-titled EP, the band have ultimately proved why they are one of the most exciting young bands in Bury St Edmunds.

The EP shows off the tracks that are a staple in their live performances, including the new version of toe-tapping electro-pop number Hurt Yourself and arguably the best track of 2018 British Dream.

Alongside the two previously released singles are three newly recorded songs. The  uptempo Flag and Ruins, which has a distinct The Black Keys sound about it, shows off the band’s unique synth-driven sound.

Though the real highlight is the last song of the EP Happy Being Miserable, a track with ferocious instrumentals and powerful, high-tempo vocals that rounds off an incredible collection of tracks.

With this EP under the belt and more music to be released imminently (Thinking Of You Too), expect a lot more from Enterlude over the next few months!

ENTERLUDE are playing the Washing Machine night on Saturday 17th November alongside GAFFA TAPE SANDY, FIGHTMILK, GOLDBLUME and BAD STONE! £5, 6pm!

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History & Lore: Lights review

Cambridge’s History & Lore are back with their wonderful new EP Lights.

Lights is a “culmination of four years of hard work and progression” and it’s clear that the band’s sound has massively evolved over this period of time.

2017 saw History & Lore release the awesome tracks When I’m Angry… and Turn, however these tracks seem a world away from the band’s sound now.

Black Eyes opens the EP with it’s chilled electronic beats at the start soon cascading into a whirlwind, anthemic sound towards the end of the track where we then start to see the real vigour of the band’s instrumentals.

The band have taken inspiration from the likes of Foals and Paramore which can really be heard in the EP’s title track Lights. The vocals here gives the whole song a real spark, contrasting against a very atmospheric, down-trodden instrumental.

Fairfax sees the EP take a lighter turn, a nice little indie-pop track with a really nice guitar riff that bounces throughout, but let’s not forget the lead vocals here which gives the track a more sweeter edgemaking this one of the best tracks the band have ever produced.

Similar to Black EyesTilikum shows off the strong male vocals that really brings this track to life whilst the guitars and drums erupts in to a sound that is so pleasing to hear, making this EP a definite must-listen.

Mightily-strong vocals and extraordinary instrumentals from History & Lore makes this one of the finest EP’s released so far this year.

Lights is OUT NOW, available on all major streaming platforms. 

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Track Reviews

Track Review: The Baskervilles – Blood In My Mouth

If you’re a fan of full-blooded indie rock, then you’ll absolutely love Blood In My Mouth from Suffolk’s The Baskervilles.

Hailing from Ipswich, the five-piece rockers have been working in the studio for the past two years with award-winning producer Tom Donovan resulting in the absolutely massive 2017 track Kalashnikov and the bloody brilliant Blood In My Mouth released only on Friday (27th April).

Blood In My Mouth definitely has more of a commercial sound than their previous releases however this doesn’t take away from the raw energy that makes this track one of the most exciting releases of 2018.

The Baskervilles themselves said that the track is for “anyone who has lost the one they love and is forced to relive the mistakes they’ve made”.  The emotions of the track are driven by the swaggering vocals from frontman James Betts, which heavily compliments the juggernaut of a guitar riff which comes to the fore in the chorus.

The band have confirmed that they’ll be touring the UK in June, not before a co-headline appearance on the Rock Against Racism stage at the Bury Fringe Festival All-Dayer on Saturday 5th May. Keep an eye out for tour dates when they’re announced!

Blood In My Mouth is available on all platforms.

For all links to their social media, go to http://www.thebaskervillesofficial.com

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TMB42 Spotlight: THE CATCH

Our second The Music Blog 42 Spotlight is on Suffolk’s own THE CATCH!

Rock band THE CATCH, from the renowned music scene in Bury St Edmunds, have already become established names in not only their own scene but around East Anglia.

Having recently played at the Cambridge Junction (read our review here), they’ve played at a plethora of other big venues like the home of BSE music The Hunter Club, and the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Playing at venues like these shows the trio’s indescribable talents.

The band consists of lead singer Adam Levey, guitarist Eddie Allen and bassist Nyan Horne.

Having formed in 2015, the trio released debut single Vain Tongue, a single that spent an incredible 13 weeks in the Cambridge 105 Unsigned Chart. From then on, they were destined to be big names in the local music scene, releasing other great tracks like the mind-blowing Collared, which in our eyes, is one of their best pieces of work.

In August last year, they released their second EP 03, starting with the thrashing sounds of Vexed, groove-rock of Artist and finishing with the riff-laden Effort.

The band’s influences range from the likes of Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro to Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon, and it’s clear through their music with their mega choruses and pounding riffs.

These lads have entered into BurySOUND this year, competing against some other big names on the scene like indie-pop outfit Deep City and psychedelic foursome KYANOS.

Pop along and see their heat on Friday 23rd February at 6pm at The Hunter Club, BSE! Tickets only £5.

New music is on its way from the trio. A new single called Tie Dye is expected for release in February, and we can’t wait! THE CATCH are definitely set for the big time.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecatchbse/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecatchband_
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-765445840
Search THE CATCH on Spotify!

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EP Reviews

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!

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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