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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.

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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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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!