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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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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!