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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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Track Review: Polly Haynes – Pulling Me Backwards

After releasing debut single I’m Fine at the end of March, Essex’s Polly Haynes is back with the release of her new track Pulling Me Backwards.

Pulling Me Backwards was released last Friday (11th May) rather unexpectedly, and it’s fair to say that the track has a different sound to her debut single.

What we loved about I’m Fine were the powerful vocals and the jazz-influenced instrumentals which gave the song a slow-burning, enticing feel to it, and the new single has a similar vibe.

There’s no doubt that Pulling Me Backwards has more of an uplifting sound, helped by the noticeably funky instrumentals and the softly delivered vocals by Haynes. Though the chorus is as simple as four words, it’s definitely one that will be stuck in your head for days.

With an EP coming in the near future, there’s no doubt we want to hear more of this jazzy-soul sound that Haynes and her backing band have been working on. These two tracks have definitely made an impression on the local scene, and it’s exciting to hear what else is in store.

A music video has been produced for the track, we’ll post a link up on our social media accounts once it’s uploaded!

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Track Review: Polly Haynes – I’m Fine

Essex-based singer Polly Haynes released her debut single on Friday (30th March) and it’s fair to say it’s a great track.

Haynes has been on the local scene for a while now, having reached the UK Open Mic finals and played countless gigs around the region.

Her debut EP is set for release at some point over the year, and off the back of her debut single I’m Fine, it’s set to be one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

The jazz-inspired instrumentals which opens I’m Fine sets the scene to what is a very artistic track, complimented by the unique but powerful vocals by Haynes that takes the track to new heights, as well as the electric guitar riff which is a joy to be heard as the song progresses.

As soon as we hear word on when the EP is out we’ll give you details, but for now, enjoy this track because not only is it incredibly brilliant, it shows that Haynes is definitely a talent to keep an eye out for for the rest of the year.

I’m Fine is the new single from Polly Haynes. Available on all streaming platforms and iTunes.

She also helps run promotions company ‘Pink Shed’ with partner Tom Eyers. Check out their Facebook page: @pinksheduk