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The Music Blog 42 EP Of The Year

2019 has been a strong year for the local scene and the EPs released this year shows the local scene is in a good place for the years ahead.

Below is a very condensed round of this year’s Top 10 EPs as voted for by you! The votes were very very close on this one!

10. Too Cool Kid – The Candidate
Cambridgeshire’s Too Cool Kid released an ambitious effort this year with an EP based around a fictional political, inspired by the sounds of Bowie and Radiohead.

9. GrassRoof – GUYAKA
Cambridge Band Competition winners GrassRoof blew everyone away with their mind-bending psych-rock EP GUYAKA, their finest work to date.

8. WRECK – Dusty Knees
Emerging from a growing Norwich scene, surf-punk heroes WRECK released one of the best debut EPs this year with Lost My Weed and Six Hours In becoming instant favourites.

7. Deep City – CIRCUIT
Indie-pop quartet Deep City released the cohesive CIRCUIT which features some of their most technical tracks to date including The 1975-inspired thoughtofmind. and indie-dance hit The Box.

6. Caswell – Blindside
Breakout star Caswell has had a stormer of a year after winning a national competition to support Ed Sheeran in Ipswich in August. Blindside is further proof she is a star in the making.

5. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Family Mammal
The long-awaited second EP from Gaffa Tape Sandy earned national praise on release for their memorable garage-rock hits like Headlights, Kill The Chord and new single My Desperate House.

4. The Daze – Stares Like Stone
Newcomers to the local scene, punk foursome The Daze released their awesome debut EP under the stewardship of Queens Road Studio. The band are ones to watch in 2020.

3. KYANOS – Lost In Blue
The follow-up to 2017’s Elevator to Japan, KYANOS fused jazz, psychedelia and alternative rock together to create one of the most ambitious and successful EPs of 2019.

2. SubStation – The Yellow One
Another band from the Queens Road Studio, SubStation’s debut EP made a lasting impression on the local scene with deep, thoughtful lyrics and interesting instrumentation.

The Music Blog 42 EP of the Year is…
1. Salvador – Salvador

The self-titled debut EP from Framlingham’s Salvador propelled the indie-pop band to be known names within the local scene within a matter of months. Tracks like Ordinary Love and Gum Disease shows the band at their best, making intense and emotive tracks. Having had extensive radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk, the band were picked to support Ed Sheeran in August at Chantry Park. Salvador will be looking to build on this 2020 with more new music and live performances.

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The Music Blog 42 Track of the Year 2019

2019 has been another great year for local talent around East Anglia and this has been proven with the brilliant tracks released by these artists over the past twelve months.

The tracks below were voted for by you and make up this year’s top 10.

10. FLEAS – Dogs
This exciting new punk band from Bury St Edmunds unleashed Dogs in early 2019, earning praise from many within the local scene. Since the release, they’ve played several Washing Machine nights and are tipped to go far in the 2020 edition of BurySOUND.

9. Lemondaze – Neon Ballroom
Cambridge’s premier shoegaze band released their debut single early last month and it instantly became a favourite with us here. The track really captures the essence of their live performances, with the swirling guitars and ethereal vocals being a real hit.

8. Gabby Rivers – Game
The long-awaited debut single from the talented Gabby Rivers came in October after a year of winning BurySOUND and headlining a stage at Latitude. The tightly-written Game really whets the appetite for more music with an EP reportedly coming in 2020.

7. Basement Strippers – Mind Reader
The Bedfordshire rockers delivered the goods in August with their best track to date: Mind Reader. Its fearsome riffs and powerful lyrics really set the precedent for their success this year which has seen them support Sarpa Salpa and Tom Lumley. 2020 is their year.

6. Kelodown – Breakin’ Off
Another debut single in the Top 10 with every right to be here. Breakin’ Off is an exciting classic rock track with a modern twist, led by the flawless vocals from Aleks Michalewicz. The band are looking to release more new music in 2020, and we can’t wait for it.

5. KYANOS – Sunrise
A staple of their live sets, Sunrise is a technical masterpiece with elements of psychedelia and jazz combining into one of the best tracks the local scene has to offer. This year has seen them release an EP, two singles and play a session for BBC Introducing.

4. PET NEEDS – I Don’t Wanna Be Only Happy
Essex punk rockers PET NEEDS have had an incredible year, with a really strong collection of tracks released with I Don’t Wanna Be Only Happy being the pick of the bunch. Other highlights include being championed by Frank Turner at Camden Rocks Festival.

3. Underline The Sky – Miss Identity
Everyone’s favourite pop-rock band released this catchy riff-laden track in July this year, as well as playing at BardFest and PimJam Festival. Catch them headline The Hunter Club in Bury on Saturday 25th January when they break #theburycurse.

2. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Headlights
Gaffa Tape Sandy have gone from strength to strength this year, with a highlight of their year being the release of Headlights. The track’s powerful message of mental health awareness resonated with crowds up and down the country during their support slots for Lady Bird and Skeggs.

The Music Blog 42’s Track of the Year 2019 as voted for by you is…

Sages of the Subway – 88′

Cambridgeshire newcomers Sages of the Subway’s 88′ is one of the best indie-rock tracks we’ve heard locally since we began in 2017. With incredibly funky instrumentals and a chorus which will be stuck in your head for weeks, Sages of the Subway are worthy winners of this year’s vote. The four-piece will be looking to capitalise on their successes this year after making the final of the Cambridge Band Competition.

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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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KYANOS @ The Hunter Club

A first hometown headline show from KYANOS rounded off another awesome Washing Machine night at The Hunter Club on Saturday (3rd November).

The first band of the night were the Ipswich-based Groff, who brought their fun indie pop-like sound to the Hunter Club stage for the first time. Their tracks like the upbeat Beaches kicked off the night well. More gigs together will see Groff blossom into a powerful indie outfit.

Loved across the region especially in their hometown of Cambridge, Lemondaze smashed their set with their unique shoegaze-grunge sound which reverberated around the room. Their passion for the music really shone through with their intense guitar-driven instrumentals and powerful inimitable vocals.

The Catch were on their usual top form with a rock-heavy set full of their best tracks and songs from their new How It Seems EP. The trio are one of the best live acts in the region and this showed with their polished set which featured hits like Sort It Out and Vexed. The set ended with the high-tempo thrasher Tie Dye leaving the whole room wanting more.

Having only formed late last year, The Glitter Shop returned to the Hunter Club stage with their sleek grunge-pop. Their live performances are energetic and powerful which really connects with any crowd they play to. Throughout their short set, the crowd sang back every word of their tracks like debut single Fizz and the anthemic Moon. More tracks are being written and released, keep an eye out in 2019!

The time had come for KYANOS to grace the stage for the first time as headliners. The psych-groove foursome had the room in the palm of their hands, throwing out Hawaiian leis for all and making everyone dance along to their flawless tracks. Though their setlist remained largely the same as previous sets this year, the band were on top form throughout with their incredibly tight instrumentals and great performances of tracks like Thunder In JapanSunrise and Dopamine. This set rounds off an awesome year for group after acclaim from NME and winning the BurySOUND Rising Star award.

The next Washing Machine is on SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBERHeadliners GAFFA TAPE SANDY are joined by FIGHTMILK, GOLDBLUME, EGYPTIAN BLUE and BAD STONE! 6pm kick off as always, £5 entry!

7TH DECEMBER: TUNDRA, THE BASKERVILLES, SUNLIGHT FOR HONEY AND LIMITED TIME. THE CONSTITUTIONAL CLUB BURY ST EDMUNDS. 7PM. £5.

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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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Riverwalk Fundraiser @ The Hunter Club

A headline set from Tundra topped off an incredible night of live music at The Hunter Club on Saturday (16th June) night.

Mouse-Drawn Cart opened the evening in front of a relatively strong crowd, mesmerising the audiences with their charming acoustic sounds, a perfect way to kick off what was to be a heavy evening. Another band who made their Hunter Club debut were Manic Blackout, a five-piece rock band who have links to Riverwalk School. Having previously been a covers band, the band played a full set of original tracks which sounded pretty awesome, a very confident performance from them.

Colchester’s PET NEEDS were up next with their punk sound, captivating the audience with their hilarious anecdotes of botched alcohol kegs and ‘hippie’ women at a Canterbury festival. They played tracks off of their two EP’s, notably the cracking Punk Isn’t Dead It’s Just Up For Sale and Dallas. This was the band’s third time playing in Bury St Edmunds, let’s hope they’ll be a fourth pretty quickly!

After a few months away from the Bury gig scene, KYANOS were back with a bang with their chilled psych-jazz in front of a now-packed room. The band are still teasing a release of a new EP which is so eagerly anticipated, and once again they played songs from it like Sunrise and Lost In Blue alongside usual favourites Thunder In Japan and So High.

Undoubtedly one of the most popular bands in the area are Thy Last Drop and their performance had the whole room dancing along to their unique brand of ‘carnival punk’, with scenes not seen like this since the last visit of Dingus Khan in February. 18 Witches and The Drop had everyone moving, accompanied by the band’s great showmanship and the notorious ‘Bearded Lady’ roaming around the room getting everyone in the spirit to dance.

Headliners Tundra are no strangers of playing big shows, having supported Marmozets a matter of months ago, and tonight proved why are they one of the most sought-after bands in the region. Having released their second EP Life’s A Beach a few weeks ago, their setlist largely centred around tracks from it like the pulsating Walking Stick and the Sudbury-referencing Get Lost.

Before closing the set with the god-like Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck), local legend Seymour Quigley, and guitarist Sam Allen, joined the trio in playing a special tribute to Riverwalk teacher James Brooke who sadly died in a skydiving accident weeks ago. A passionate performance of Deaf Havana’s Mildred followed which will definitely live long in the memory for all involved with the school and who went along on Saturday.

Saturday night saw Washing Machine raise over £1,000 for Riverwalk’s new Rebound Therapy programme, which was being co-ordianted by James Brooke. A fantastic achievement for all involved!

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Highlights of Homegrown Festival 2018

After two brilliant days at Homegrown Festival 2018, here’s our highlights of the brilliant weekend, although all of the bands were awesome!

The first act we saw at the Festival was the underrated talent Connor Adams. Hailing from  Ipswich, he released his first EP only a few weeks ago, and the songs from this sound pretty awesome live especially the title track Open My Eyes. Alongside the new tracks was an inspiring cover of The Chain by Fleetwood Mac which really set the tone of the weekend! A really great set to open up the festival.

Making their debut at Homegrown Festival were young duo Influx of Insanity, bringing their heavy prog-rock to the fields of Barrow. It’s been a phenomenal few months for Dom and Oli, having won BurySOUND and Cambridge Band Competition, and starting to recording new music for their upcoming EP. A slight change to their set list paid off with tracks like Scaffolded Minds and Envious Souls sounding better than ever.

Tom Lumley played his first of many festivals this summer, having confirmed a slot at Truck Festival a few days previously. Lumley has a knack of writing anthemic indie bangers, and his last single Skyhigh is one of many on his packed setlist. One of the highlights of the weekend was his passionate performance of yet-to-be released track Crawling, a track which shows off a heavier side to Lumley’s music but also proves that he is still one to watch in the Cambridge area.

After playing The Apex the night before, The Catch dropped in and played a stormer of a set featuring old favourites like Artist and Effort, but it’s the rock-influenced Sort It Out and fast-paced fan favourite Tie Dye that went down really well with the Saturday afternoon audience. The trio also played a few new tunes which you can expect to hear real soon. They play Cambridge Junction tomorrow night (15th June), be there!

Among The Citizens were another band who played at The Apex the night before, and here they delivered a set which proves why they are highly thought of in the region. Tracks like Curved Lips and Needy not only shows off the band’s versatility in their styles, but makes their set list even more varied alongside the heavier, guitar-driven tracks like their brilliant new single Mess In The Head.

Having seem them at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer, we were excited to see Blue Mean Eyes  and they definitely didn’t disappoint. They played songs from their 2017 EP Through The Mill like Brixton Shrug and our favourite Escapade whilst also teasing new material. After several line-up changes it seems like the trio have finally settled as a band, and it’s exciting to see how their sound develops over the following year.

One band who always goes down well with a crowd wherever they play are the psychedelic quarter KYANOS. Having won BurySOUND’s Rising Star award, they were given an early evening set which showed off their talents playing smooth instrumental tracks and the usual crowd pleasers like Thunder In Japan and So High. The band also teased new music to be released soon in the form of an EP, more news when we get it!

One of several artists at Homegrown who we hadn’t seen before was young rising star Gabby Rivers, and after this showing we can’t wait to see her again. Not only does she write some really awesome original tracks, Gabby also played some enjoyable covers like Portugal, The Man’s Feel It Still and Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over which had the crowd singing along. An inspiring talent at only 15 years old, definitely one to watch.

When it comes to energetic indie rock tunes, Fick As Fieves are the pick of the bunch. Deservedly, they co-headlined The Coastline Stage with an impressive light show throughout their fast-paced, catchy set. A moshpit formed in the crowd when the trio played tracks like English Weather and Wasteman, whilst new tracks from their debut EP Drift End like COL and Outstayed prove why they are one of the region’s finest live bands.  More new music could be on its way to your ears by the end of the year, watch this space!

Saturday’s epic day of music was closed by the funk-soul legends Stretch Soul Gang. Their epic hour-long set was full of original classics which made the whole field have a dance. Opening their set with latest single Open Up Your Eyes, the Gang kicked in to gear with their next single Hit The Deck, fun groover Poncho Villa and the always outstanding Sharks At The Wheel. One of our highlights of the whole festival was the performance of Ungrateful which featured a rare live outing from soul singer Steven Bamidele whose vocals complimented the flawless falsettos on the track. They closed their set on debut single Ain’t Got No Money, followed by a fireworks display to round off the day. Let’s hope they get invited back for the third year running next year!

We had a great time at our first Homegrown Festival, and we want to thank the organisers (especially Sara!) for their support, and for putting on an awesome weekend!

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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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BurySOUND Grand Final 2018 @ The Apex

Influx of Insanity were crowned winners of BurySOUND 2018 last night (9th March) at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

Kelodown kicked off what promised to be an insane night with their brand of hard rock which sounded so much better on a bigger stage. They opened with Occupational Hazard, a great up-tempo track that really got the crowd moving. The vast amount of energy on stage as a joy to see, the perfect way to open the night.

The psychedelic sounds of KYANOS came next, a world away from the hard rock before. Their setlist featured some ‘old’ favourites like the stunning Thunder In Japan but also featured various new tracks from their upcoming record Lost In Blue. A band to keep an eye out for because if the rest of their record is as good as So High then they’re on to a winner.

The insanely good Influx of Insanity played out another great set, with this being the third time I’d seen them in a matter of months. And since then, they’ve just got better and better. Oozing with confidence throughout, they burst into the fantastic tracks Envious Souls and Perpetually Unfulfilled, commanding the stage in the process. The duo looked the part, and are deserving winners of the year’s competition

Math-rock foursome Indecision were something of an unknown entity going into this year’s competition and having not seen Heat 4 I was intrigued about the band. They have a great selection of tracks like 60s, and their frontman is something else too. A great tone to his voice and not to forget his hilariously great dancing meant this was a memorable performance indeed.

Grunge-blues trio Organ of Corti closed the night with their extensive sounds. Their performance in the first heat was hard to beat, but they were a thousand times better on The Apex stage. A real surprise to the competition, give them time to develop and hone their sound even more and they could be a really really special band.

Whilst judging the competition, the crowd were treated to a headline set from 2017 winners and all-around legends TUNDRA. Their setlist consisted of new tracks from their upcoming EP (27th April can’t come soon enough) and favourites like Loser and Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck) which resulted in a stage invasion. It’s been a great start to the year for Elliot, Caitlin and Elliott having supported Marmozets at Cambridge Junction, and with the EP out soon, 2018 could be a huge year for them!

Congratulations to Influx of Insanity on winning BurySOUND 2018.

Also congratulations to KYANOS for winning the Rising Star award!

Me and Guy would like to thank Seymour Quigley and Tim Willett for choosing us to judge this year’s competition.

We’d also like to thank Joe, Jay, Linzi, White, Catherine, Neil, Claire, Sara, Davey and the other judges for making us feel so welcome on the panel. We can’t wait for next year already!

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BurySOUND Heat 2 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Psychedelic quartet KYANOS grooved their way into the BurySOUND final by winning Heat 2 of this year’s competition, competing against rockers In My Disguise, trio Cornhill String Band and indie band The Getaway.

The night kicked off with the anthemic rock of In My Disguise. The band were in their element up on stage as they smashed their way through tracks like Scattered Memories and Alive. IMD cite their influences from the likes of Royal Blood and Muse and it’s clear that their music shapes their own sound with riff-laden hits, mixed in with a natural stage presence and crowd interaction. A great set to open the night, and we hope to see them again at The Hunter Club VERY soon!

Cornhill String Band were up next, banjo in tow. The trio played a very interesting set, with music inspired from the Apalatune-area (east Virginia and North Carolina) music style. Their set made everyone tap their feet and clap their hands, a really great reception from the crowd which developed a feel-good atmosphere. With time the group will get better in terms of confidence and crowd interaction, but nevertheless, it was great to see something ‘different’ on the Hunter Club stage.

Indie group The Getaway were one of the first bands we reviewed when the Blog first started out and you can tell since then the band have really got better. Although there were a few technical hitches, the band really produced an accomplished, confident perfomance, very energetic and the vocals were sharp. The lads seemed really invested in their music, and it’s great to see, and they also get top marks for their ‘Fuck Trump’ amp. This isn’t the last we’ve heard of The Getaway.

NME-endorsed KYANOS closed the night with their awe-inspiring psychedelic-jazz. As soon as they took to the stage, you knew they had the support of the crowd. The quartet really play off each other, the vocals really fill the room bringing a surreal vibe and it really pays off. After this set, it’s obvious to see why NME are such big fans of their music, and why they went through to the final. KYANOS are fast becoming real favourites on the local music scene, and with a record in the works, they are getting better and better.

Amethysts guest headlined tonight with their indie-pop inspired tunes. A really strong set, with inch-perfect vocals. New music is coming and we can’t wait to hear it!

NEXT HEAT: Fri 9th February at Haverhill Arts Centre, 6pm and £5 entry!

Written by Marc Manning, notes from Guy Rodwell