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05/10 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

Here’s our fortnightly update of our ‘Best In The East’ Spotify playlist featuring new releases from the area’s best soloists and bands!

OSCAR CORNEY – WORLD ALIVE
Regarded as one of the area’s brightest talents, singer-songwriter Oscar Corney’s ability to write heartfelt, upbeat tracks was brought to the fore when he released World Alive in mid-September. Taking inspiration from the likes of James Bay and Kings of Leon, Corney’s knack at writing a killer chorus accompanied by really pleasing instrumentals instantly puts this towards the top of our Track of The Year list!

DEEP CITY – PAIN KILLER
Following on from the release of debut EP 15:16 in December last year, the Deep City boys are back with their self-produced track Pain Killer which formed part of their set at the recent NMG Awards. The band’s unique indie sound really takes off on Pain Killer which shows how much Deep City have grown over the past few years. The foursome have some gigs coming up, having recently supported Blaenavon in Cambridge.

THE BASKERVILLES – BLIND AMBITION
Blind Ambition is the latest offering from Ipswich’s The Baskervilles, having previously released the epic Blood In My Mouth earlier this year. 2018 has been a landmark year for the band which has seen them play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds. Their new track is a raw, powerful alternative-rock track that is subtly enhanced with electronic beats. The lads play the last The Music Blog 42 Presents night of the year on 7th December, details on our Facebook page!

RUBBER JAW – FEELING FUNNY
One band who have been raising eyebrows around the area are trio Rubber Jaw. Their long-awaited debut single Feeling Funny is a slow-building rock anthem which really shows off the band’s distinct sound of composed vocals and atmospheric instrumentals Not only did they release this lovely track they have also gifted us with a B-side that is available on streaming platforms and blue vinyl.

WAR WAVES – A LION’S HEAD
The second teaser from the upcoming EP from War Waves is A Lion’s Head. The track follows on from previous track Sleep with hauntingly provoking instrumentals and probing vocal melodies, which has seen their musical style recently be called ‘anxiety-rock’. With the EP release just around the corner, we could be hearing a lot more of War Waves going into early next year! They headline the Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds on 12th October!

THE FIFTHS – THEY SHOULD
With new releases coming thick and fast and gigs around Cambridgeshire every weekend, it’s a known fact that The Fifths are one of the most promising young bands in the region. Inspiration comes from 00’s indie rock in their new Bloc Party-esque belter They Should, with looping guitar riffs and simple catchy lyrics really hitting the spot. The band are in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 2nd November at The Apex’s 545 night!

GOLDBLUME – HUSK
With the release of their debut album fast approaching, loveable alternative trio Goldblume have released lead track Husk. Their latest track shows off a style which not only is hard to pin down but really proves why Goldblume are one of Cambridge’s finest bands. The math-rock introduction, the alternative chorus and progressive-rock breakdown transitions into Goldblume’s best track to date.

PINK LEMONADE – SPACE GIRL
After taking home the Audience Choice gong at the recent NMG Awards, the Pink Lemonade girls are on to a winner with their debut single Space Girl, a fun and adventurous pop-punk singalong. As soon as the track starts, the infectious instrumentals and passionate vocals makes it an instantly-likeable debut. With a new single on the way and 2019 gigs already in the works, Pink Lemonade are on the rise!.

 

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May’s The Fiver @ Cambridge Junction

May’s edition of the long-running The Fiver night saw six bands play awesome sets at the Cambridge Junction.

Haverhill’s The Fifths kicked off the night with a highly commendable set, with each member brimming with confidence throughout. Not only did they play a cover or two, the band played some great original tracks like Chance It and They Should which are on their Soundcloud. Their set was definitely one of the highlights of the night, and for a band that formed only six months ago, the future looks bright for them.

The Islas, from Norwich, were up next, a band who were playing their first ever show in Cambridge. The four-piece indie band played an energetic 30-minute set full of cheeky crowd interaction and some really nice indie-rock tracks, notably their recently released debut single A Generation To Forget. An EP is set for release in the near future, an exciting prospect on the basis of their performance.

It’s fair to say that Among The Citizens are the most exciting band to have come out of Peterborough for a while now. Their awesome new single Mess In The Head closed their set, which included tracks from their 2017 EP Unlearn You, mixing in intricate guitar melodies with more electronic-based sounds. The band have a fair amount of gigs coming up, including a slot at Homegrown Festival on 9th June.

Oscar Corney was up next with a really pleasing set. His inch-perfect vocals were brilliantly complimented by his backing band as they played some great memorable tracks from his previous EP’s like Be Someone and Your Fool. Corney has had a great start to 2018 reaching the final of the Cambridge Band Competition, and with new music hopefully on the way, the year could get even better for him.

With The Junction swarmed by his passionate fans, it’s fair to say Woodley Taylor put on a show with his 30 minute set. His classic rock-inspired tracks like Smoking At Midnight and Runaway showed off his soulful vocals and talented backing band. Taylor closed his set with Breathe A Little Deeper, with the audience chanting back every word to the very professional soloist. A really enjoyable set.

The last act on were The Mojo Slide, a blues rock band from Cambridge. The band formed in 2011 and their experience showed as they put in a great performance, with some catchy tracks from their 2015 album Twist Your Bones, and some smooth guitar riffs really connecting with the crowd. The Mojo Slide also have a lot of live shows coming up, all information is on their Facebook page.

The next Fiver is 15th June featuring Cambridge Band Competition winners Influx of Insanity!