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August’s 545 @ The Apex

The second instalment of this year’s 545 events at The Apex saw stellar sets from Golden Bantic, Kelodown, Saving Scarlett, Enterlude and headliner Tom Lumley.

Golden Bantic opened the night in front of a great crowd who really related to their infectious indie-pop tracks. Gecko and Pink were the standout tracks from an enjoyable setlist. Tonight was the first time they’d played Bury St Edmunds, and off the back of this performance and with increasing popularity in Cambridgeshire, we’ll definitely be seeing them again.

After owning the Apex stage in March, BurySOUND finalists Kelodown returned with another very confident hard rock performance full of energy and power. Alongside the usual crowd favourites Electric Mountain Blues and Carpet Burn were new tracks which will be released sometime soon. The band play The Hunter Club on 20th October, so get down and see them.

After the hard rock of Kelodown, Saving Scarlett kept the night rolling with their brand of rock tinged with hints of pop punk. The band released their debut album last year which is a really great piece of work, and tonight’s performance showcased their music to a new audience with By My Side and Wild Creatures really going down well with the strong crowd.

Since forming last year, Enterlude have gone from strength to strength and tonight’s performance proved why they are one of the most hotly-tipped bands around. Starting their set with Hurt Yourself, the band went on to play more of the indie-electro tunes from their debut self-titled EP like Ruins and Happy Being Miserable. Enterlude also premiered new music with Thinking Of You Too sounding so special on the big stage. British Dream closed their triumphant set, one of the best we’ve seen this year.

One of Cambridgeshire’s finest talents headlined the evening, and when Tom Lumley and his band get up on stage you know you’re going to get entertained. Lumley captivated the crowd from the off with his scintillating indie-rock. The set featured some of his older ‘soppy’ tracks from his Dream City EP like Running For Our Lives and Done My Time, but also showed off some of his newest tracks with Skyhigh and Crawling really proving that he’s left his singer-songwriter days behind him. Closing the set with one of our favourite tracks from 2017, Just Like The Light was a ferocious affair culminating in Lumley jumping the barrier and playing alongside an energetic crowd. An awesome set from a man who gets better and better.

The next 545 is on Friday 2nd November at 7pm headlined by CONNOR ADAMS, with support from LOST LUNGS, ALTER THE SKY, LUNAR ECHOES AND THE FIFTHS!

We are putting on our second gig on Friday 12th October at The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds headlined by WAR WAVES with support from THE ISLAS, BASEMENT STRIPPERS and more to be confirmed!

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EP Reviews Track Reviews

Best Of The Rest – Part 1

It’s safe to say that these past few months have been slightly busy with reviews of the latest tracks and EPs from around the region, and a fair few releases have slipped through the net! So here is a brand new feature giving you a round-up of all the music we haven’t reviewed over the past few months…

Heathen – Bite The Bullet
After releasing debut single Eye In The Sky, which is still in the Cambridge 105 Unsigned Chart, Heathen released their full-length EP at the start of May. The band have used influences from the material they cover during their live sets to produce a great hard rock EP with some catchy tracks like Jaywalker and Two Wrongs. Heathen headline Homegrown Festival on Friday 8th June.

Noah Evans – See It Through
It’s fair to say that the local acoustic scene is really thriving at the moment after the recent brilliant Bury Songwriters Competition, and this great track from young star Noah Evans is proof that it is! A real feel good track with some great instrumentals and Noah’s smooth vocals makes this one of our songs of the year. Being only 13, it’s exciting to see what’s to come for Noah over the coming few years.

Asbestos – Monochrome
Bringing back the classic 90’s/00’s pop-punk sounds of Green Day and Blink-182, Asbestos  have produced a fun EP with memorable vocals and thrashing instrumentals that will be stuck in your head for weeks on end, the best track on here is easily the glorious Liar Liar. The band have already got a fair amount of gigs under their belt and have several coming up, go see them if you’re in the Cambridgeshire area.

Melody Causton – Another Voice
A soothing presence on a guitar-heavy music scene, Melody Causton’s Another Voice is a beautiful acoustic-folk number which is most definitely her best release to date. With fresh-sounding instrumentals and Causton’s sweet, rich vocals combining to make a track that is a delight to listen to. Melody has a few live dates coming up, so go to her social media accounts for more info!

In My Disguise – Alone With You
There’s some awesome rock music coming out of Ipswich at the moment, and In My Disguise’s second EP epitomises that. Clarity shows off a gentler side to the band before launching into the Royal Blood-influenced riffs of Sovereign and Inside Out, the title track is what you really need to hear though, a six-minute rock rampage that proves that this EP is one of the best releases this year.

The Music Blog 42 focuses primarily on local music from the East Anglia region. If you want to send in your solo/band’s music to be considered for review or a playlist feature, then send it to themusicblog42@gmail.com!

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Track Reviews

Track Review: Stretch Soul Gang – Open Up Your Eyes

We are so so pleased to be premiering the new track from Stretch Soul Gang: Open Up Your Eyes.

Off the back of a great 2017 for the band which saw them narrowly miss out on winning BurySOUND and releasing their first single Ain’t Got No Money, the Gang are back with another enthralling track which will get you off your seat and dancing away.

Open Up Your Eyes is the first track from four soon-to-be-released tracks which will make up the group’s first ever EP.

Stretch Soul Gang got together in 2014 and have been grafting ever since, honing their original music, taking inspiration from the likes of Earth Wind & Fire, Anderson Paak and A Tribe Called Quest.

The song starts off with smooth saxophones and hand-clapping before lead vocalist’s Alfie Row’s trademark vocals kick in. His voice combined with groovy baselines and the rapped verses from Jamie Hicks really shows why Stretch Soul Gang are one of the most loved bands in Suffolk.

A staple of their live sets (which you all really need to get to), Open Up Your Eyes is an enjoyable, funky gem of a track. And like we said before, there’s still way more to come from Sudbury’s Stretch Soul Gang, and we can’t wait for it.

Band Members:
Alfie Row- Guitar/Lead Vocals
Jamie Hicks – Rap
Benjamin Mason – Tenor Sax/Backing Vocals
Louis Hicks – Alto Sax
Max Bridges- Bass
Camden Clarke – Drums/Backing Vocals

Open Up Your Eyes by Stretch Soul Gang is out TOMORROW (30th March) on all platforms!

The song was recorded at their drummer Camden Clarke’s studio, click the link here to find out more: https://www.camdenclarke.com/

Upcoming Shows:
1st April – supporting Huey Morgan @ The Bassment, Chelmsford
30th April – Neil’s Jazz and Blues in West Kensington, London
9th June – Homegrown Festival, Barrow nr. Bury St Edmunds

Be sure to check out our track reviews tomorrow (30th March) of TUNDRA’s Swimming Shorts and The Glitter Shop’s Sleep!

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Features Spotlight

TMB42 Spotlight: Sunday Arches

Sunday Arches are our focus in this month’s Spotlight, and you’re going to love them!

It’s an interesting tale how the band formed. Having been friends since school in Colchester and playing music together through their teenage years, the four band members met up under a South London railway arch a decade later (presumably on a Sunday) and set about writing and producing new music!

The start of 2018 saw them release their second EP Feels Like Home which is just honestly superb and will get you hooked from the first listen. Each song is great in it’s own right, Holding A Flame is an exuberant thrasher of a track whereas Watch The Thinker is a track that builds up gently in to an awesome guitar solo.

The title track Feels Like Home was played twice on BBC 6 Music in mid-February, the band cite this as a notable moment for themselves, as well as playing a show at the O2 Academy2 Islington in 2017.

It’s hard to pin-point what the main influences are for the band, sometimes they dig into really gritty rock which is seen in their latest EP, but also tend to go for a more indie-rock  sound like in We Never Were. Frontman Sam Juner said “Our focus is largely on melody and energy… we are into a broad spectrum of music”

Their first EP Extended Play sees the band in a different light, combining rock elements seen in their recent music with more melodic tones added in to give tracks like Gentlewomen and Crocodile that extra bit of brilliance.

So what next for the band? Well, they’re currently working on more new music and are looking for summer shows to play. (Any promoters out there, book these lads!)

After asking him where you see the band in the next few years, Juner had this to say to us:

“We’ve been active now for about a year, played some great shows and released 2 EP’s.  It’s gathering momentum, moving in the direction we want it to and it’s so much fun.
We want to push the songs out there as much as possible, record more and more ambitious material and stay active in the live scene.  As long as we’re enjoying what we’re doing and people are liking the songs, we’re happy.”

 

Alternatively, type in ‘Sunday Arches’ on Spotify

 

Band Members:
Sam Juner – Vocals/Guitar/Lyrics
Ben Springett – Drums
Michael Burley – Guitar
Dom Juner – Bass

Facebook/Twitter: @sundayarches

 

 

 

 

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Gig Reviews

BurySOUND Heat 4 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Kelodown were named winners of Heat For of BurySOUND 2018 at The Hunter Club last night (16th Feb) in what was a very close heat.

Unwaves, a duo from South Suffolk, kicked off the night with their impressive instrumentation (which included the drummer playing the drums whilst singing and implementing synths into the music) and catchy tracks. Their EP Foam Hands is a good listen, go check it out!

Next up were Lemondaze, a shoegaze quartet from Cambridge. From the start, they looked in their element up on stage, with tracks like Tremolo and Liquid Rush so smooth with their trademark sound flowing through. A real band to watch over the coming months and year.

Having got to the final last year, Maverick were hoping to go one better this year. A slight change in their musical style saw a more grungier tone which culminated in a ferocious but slick performance. We love a band who has great stage presence, and Maverick had just that!

Formed at the local West Suffolk College, Pop rock outfit Kelodown are a relatively young group, however, this was forgotten about as they launched themselves into tracks like Occupational Hazard. The crowd absolutely loved the band, and it’s clear to see why with their inch-perfect vocals and intricately jingling guitar riffs. They reminded us of Ipswich’s Underline The Sky, go check them both out!

Finishing off the night was ALL WE KNOW. What was only their second gig turned out to be a huge success with each track flowing into each other, added in with a rather rowdy crowd and punchy, tight riffs. Relentless rehearsing has helped the band so much, the trio are definitely ones to watch in 2018. Listen to Fractured, it’s an absolute banger!

Headliners War Waves, from Ipswich, played a great set whilst the judges were away deliberating. Although with ourselves judging we didn’t get to see all of the set, we loved their collection of tracks!

Next up: BurySOUND Heat 5 @ The Hunter Club on 23rd February! Featuring Abbey Green, The Catch, Eeeyore, Influx of Insanity and KULK! 6pm start!

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Track Reviews

Track Review: Me and The Moon – It’s Alright

Me and The Moon are back with their new single It’s Alright and it’s a quality indie pop tune!

The band consists of Tamara Grzegorzek (vocals), Jonny Elstone (guitar) and Alex Archer (drums), and have been together since mid-2015. Since then, they’ve released a debut EP and several singles, as well as supporting other upcoming bands like Flyte and Marscians.

The new track It’s Alright kicks off with a sticky guitar riff, punchy drums and Grzegorzek’s soothing, reassuring vocals which compliment each other throughout.

The Guildford-based trio weave through the verse before tackling a mammoth of a chorus, filled with erupting, gorgeous synths and ever-stunning vocals and harmonies.

MATM like to combine their upbeat indie-pop sound with more downbeat lyrical content, and it’s no different here with the lead singing about internal conflicts, and it well and truly pays off.

It’s Alright is a confident, bright and compelling indie-pop track, made even better with the strong, emotive vocals from Grzegorzek.

Me and The Moon are a band on the rise, and having already released two absolute bangers on DIY label My Little Empire Records, we’re excited to hear what else they conjure up in the near future!

Listen to it on SoundCloud now:

Tour dates:
21/02: Edge of the Wedge – Portsmouth
22/02: Secret Location – Sofar Sounds Colchester
27/02: The Star – Guildford
28/02: The Star – Guildford SOLD OUT
06/03: The Stag and Hounds – Bristol
07/03: Gwidhw – Cardiff
08/03: Heartbreakers – Southampton
09/03: The Rep – Ipswich
13:03: The Prince Albert – Brighton

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Gig Reviews

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

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TMB42 Spotlight: ALL WE KNOW

Our Spotlight this week shines on one of the newest bands to hit the Bury St Edmunds music scene in the past year: thrash metal trio ALL WE KNOW.

The band started with founding members Joel Richardson (guitar) and Elliott Morse (bass and vocals) and some friends, wanting to play vastly heavier and technical music than they were before in their previous projects.

ALL WE KNOW released debut track Deprivation in mid-2017, ahead of Charlie Sturgeon (drummer) joining the band. This came after months of rotated line-ups, though now they had finally settled on their ‘sound’.

The trio made their live music debut at one of BSE’s acclaimed Washing Machine nights at The Hunter Club in November alongside local metal-rock legends Janet Street Slaughter. A real test for the band, but they proved on the night they are definitely on course to be a great addition to the local scene.

Tonight, we premiere two BRAND NEW tracks from ALL WE KNOW, Hear Me Out and Fractured. You can listen to them on SoundCloud below:

The first track Hear Me Out starts with a mega guitar riff and absolutely thrashing drumming, roundly complimented by Morse’s harsh roars. It’s a hardcore three-minute thrill ride, as is second track Fractured. If you’re a fan of Architects and Code Orange, you’ll love these two tracks!

The band cite their musical influences from the likes of Architects, Turnstile and Behemoth, which really shines through in their music.

2018 sees the trio want to play more gigs and eventually record their debut EP, and both will most definitely be achieved.

ALL WE KNOW are in Heat 4 of BurySOUND this year against the likes of Cambridgeshire’s shoegaze outfit Lemondaze and alt-rockers Maverick! Heat 4 takes place on Friday 16th February at BSE’s The Hunter Club. Tickets are £5, 6pm doors.

Check out our social media posts for links to ALL WE KNOW’s accounts!

 

 

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Gig Reviews

BurySOUND Heat 1 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

Organ Of Corti smashed their way through to the BurySOUND final with their barnstorming set at Heat 1 of the competition.

The trio were announced as winners of the night, after sets from soloists Ben Wheatley and Noah Evans, Cambridge’s Deep City and BSE’s Enterlude.

Ben Wheatley, from Thetford, kicked off the night with his acoustics, and he was really rather good at it. The tracks Trigger and Love Game were great highlights from his set, especially to differentiate from the more slower numbers like Gentlemen. Ben is hoping to be releasing his debut EP soon, and hopefully he’ll be back at The Hunter Club in the near future!

Cambridge indie pop foursome Deep City were up next. Having seen them before at The Apex and also having listened to their latest EP 15:16 religiously, I was excited to hear them on a smaller stage. There’s no denying that the band have a great presence on stage and a great selection of tracks to perform, especially the insanely good Time and Slow. All this helped by the use of a loop pedal which really shows off the band’s talents.

One of the newest bands on the Bury scene were up next in Organ of Corti. The trio really took me by surprise, mainly due to the fact I’m not really a fan of the type of music they make but I was completely hooked from the first song. All three members of the group looked in their element, and their vocalist has such a great voice. I seriously can’t wait to see them on a bigger stage, hopefully, they’ll sound even better.

One of the youngest entries in the competition this year was 13 year old Noah Evans. As soon as he took to the stage, the packed crowd were hooked with his impressive, mature songwriting. His interaction with the crowd was very admirable, getting them to sing-a-long with his covers of tracks like Sweet Child O’ Mine and Naive. His EP is out soon and we can’t wait to listen to it!

The last act on were alt-rock quintet Enterlude. The crowd were definitely up for this set, the whole place was moving to their great tracks like Hurt Yourself and British Dream, made even better with the use of a synthesiser, which gave their music more of a layered sound to it. If you’re a fan of Miles Kane and 80’s synth pop, you’ll love these lot. It’d be great to see them again!

After the rather heated voting process (described by one as being like Brexit!), it was great to round off the night with the chilled out vibes of Bessie Turner. There’s no denying she had an outstanding 2017, playing Latitude Festival and getting a ‘seal of approval’ from BBC Radio Goddess Jo Whiley. Although she already has some great tracks, Words You Say stood out as being the best, probably because I was excited to hear it live for the first time! Bessie and her backing band are embarking on an extensive tour in the next few months, check out her social media for all local and national dates!

Congratulations to Organ Of Corti who go through to the BurySOUND final at The Apex on 9th March!

NEXT HEAT: 2nd February at The Hunter Club. Kick off at 6pm, £5 a ticket!

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Track Reviews

Track Review: Heathen – Eye In The Sky

East Anglian band Heathen released their debut original track Eye In The Sky on Friday (19th February) and it’s safe to say it’s epic!

The six-piece group started out as a rock covers band, covering tracks by the legendary likes of Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And after learning this, I feel like this has really helped find their sound since they’ve started writing original tracks.

In 2017, the band started to write original material and have produced an EP called Bite The Bullet which is due for release later in the year.

Eye In The Sky is the lead track from the soon-to-be-released EP, and after listening to this, I can’t wait to hear what else they’ve been working on! A classic rock track with triumphant, passionate vocals, Eye In The Sky is a two and a half minute whirlwind filled with jaw-dropping guitar riffs and brilliantly-honed guitar melodies which really help bring the track together.

A fantastic debut track from Heathen. Touted as “Suffolk’s premier rock covers band” by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, now the band are out for original success. And with this track, they’re off to a winner already!

Buy the track on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/eye-in-the-sky/1331102752?i=1331103734

Heathen band members:
Greg Smith – Lead Vocals
John Turner – Lead Guitar
Steve Smith – Drums
Boli Boland – Bass Guitar
Dave Hetherington – Rhythm Guitar
Jack Turner – Rhythm Guitar

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Heathen are taking part in BurySOUND this year, competing on 9th February in Heat 3 at Haverhill Arts Centre! Kicking off at 6pm and only £5 a ticket! Come along!