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EP Review: Enterlude – Enterlude

Last May we said that Enterlude are a band capable of writing “absolutely huge tracks”, and their debut EP proves our point.

Since their formation late last year, the quintet have really gone from strength to strength having owned their BurySOUND heat, supported Bessie Turner and played their biggest gig to date at The Apex. But with the release of their self-titled EP, the band have ultimately proved why they are one of the most exciting young bands in Bury St Edmunds.

The EP shows off the tracks that are a staple in their live performances, including the new version of toe-tapping electro-pop number Hurt Yourself and arguably the best track of 2018 British Dream.

Alongside the two previously released singles are three newly recorded songs. The  uptempo Flag and Ruins, which has a distinct The Black Keys sound about it, shows off the band’s unique synth-driven sound.

Though the real highlight is the last song of the EP Happy Being Miserable, a track with ferocious instrumentals and powerful, high-tempo vocals that rounds off an incredible collection of tracks.

With this EP under the belt and more music to be released imminently (Thinking Of You Too), expect a lot more from Enterlude over the next few months!

ENTERLUDE are playing the Washing Machine night on Saturday 17th November alongside GAFFA TAPE SANDY, FIGHTMILK, GOLDBLUME and BAD STONE! £5, 6pm!

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Features

TMB42 Spotlight: BAILEY

This month’s Spotlight feature is on the East’s own ‘elevating pop’ soloist BAILEY.

When writing new music for his next musical project, having been performing locally, for twelve years, BAILEY wanted his tracks to be heard with a full band behind them. Unfortunately for him this didn’t work out due to other commitments, but this has led him to produce some exciting music which diversifies the local scene even more.

Unsurprisingly to listeners of his new hit The Future, he takes inspiration from the likes of George Ezra and John Mayer to create instantly likeable and fun instrumentals which compliments his abilities to write a brilliantly catchy chorus.

The Future was released at the start of April and is definitely a track that is worth a listen, especially as BAILEY himself has created his own genre to go with it: ‘elevating pop’. In his own words, he said to us “my music is upbeat acoustic-driven folk-pop with anthemic choruses” and we’re not arguing with that because it sounds great!

BAILEY has had the chance to perform a live session on BBC Introducing Cambridge recently as well as having frequent radio play of The Future. And with new music only a matter of weeks away, it’s exciting times for him!

He has various live dates coming, notably a slot on the Rock Against Racism Stage at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer, his set time is at 4pm so come along and catch some of his set which will undoubtedly feature his debut track and more!

The Future is available on all major platforms, listen to it by clicking here! Or listen to it using the Soundcloud widget here:

BAILEY’s upcoming tour dates and social media links are listed below:

May 5th – Bury Fringe All-Dayer, Bury St Edmunds
May 9th – Apples & Pears Bar, London E1
May 12th – The Spice Of Life, Soho – London
May 19th – Tooting Tram & Social, London SW
May 24th – Acoustic @ The Craft Beer Co., Brighton
June 10th – Homegrown Music Festival, Bury St Edmunds
July 5th – Acoustic @ The Craft Beer Co., Brighton
Site: http://baileymusic.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/baileymusiconline
Twitter: twitter.com/baileymusicon
Instagram: instagram.com/baileymusiconline
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/baileymusiconline

 

 

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EP Reviews

History & Lore: Lights review

Cambridge’s History & Lore are back with their wonderful new EP Lights.

Lights is a “culmination of four years of hard work and progression” and it’s clear that the band’s sound has massively evolved over this period of time.

2017 saw History & Lore release the awesome tracks When I’m Angry… and Turn, however these tracks seem a world away from the band’s sound now.

Black Eyes opens the EP with it’s chilled electronic beats at the start soon cascading into a whirlwind, anthemic sound towards the end of the track where we then start to see the real vigour of the band’s instrumentals.

The band have taken inspiration from the likes of Foals and Paramore which can really be heard in the EP’s title track Lights. The vocals here gives the whole song a real spark, contrasting against a very atmospheric, down-trodden instrumental.

Fairfax sees the EP take a lighter turn, a nice little indie-pop track with a really nice guitar riff that bounces throughout, but let’s not forget the lead vocals here which gives the track a more sweeter edgemaking this one of the best tracks the band have ever produced.

Similar to Black EyesTilikum shows off the strong male vocals that really brings this track to life whilst the guitars and drums erupts in to a sound that is so pleasing to hear, making this EP a definite must-listen.

Mightily-strong vocals and extraordinary instrumentals from History & Lore makes this one of the finest EP’s released so far this year.

Lights is OUT NOW, available on all major streaming platforms. 

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EP Reviews

Tundra: Life’s A Beach review

An EP that has been teased for quite a long time has lived up to the hype, Tundra’s second EP Life’s A Beach is a defining moment for Sudbury’s loveable punk trio.

Having already had a mind-blowing start to 2018 with a surprise support slot with Yorkshire rockers Marmozets at Cambridge Junction in February, the band are about to make more waves in the local scene with these fun, memorable tracks.

Pink Eye kicks off the EP, which contains a laugh-out-loud skit relating to Charles Xavier of the X-Men, showing off the classic Tundra sound of thrashing drums and catchy lyrics and although the chorus is as simple as “We Don’t Care!” it’s as infectious as the chorus to Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck) from their debut EP Pretty Bird.

The fun doesn’t stop there though, with a track that just screams 00’s pop-punk in the shape of Walking Stick. Here we see a different side to guitarist Caitilin Pegley’s vocals which have more of a punch to them than what we’ve heard previously from the band, perfectly fitting in with the hard-hitting drums of Elliott Rodger-Brown and Elliot Booth’s sludgy bass lines which helps create an exhilarating sound not only on record but live too.

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Credit: Burnt Out Media

Following on from the previous two tracks, the EP takes a more reflective turn with Swimming Shorts. If you were looking for that song for your summer playlists, then this is it. An utterly stunning six-minute long triumph which builds up with Booth and Pegley’s intriguing vocals into an absolutely barnstorming minute and a half worth of full-blooded instrumentals. If you haven’t heard this track, you’re truly missing out, easily a Track of the Year contender!

The fun and thrill of Life’s A Beach turns up several notches with the oddness of Strobe Lights And Loud Noises. Hectic instrumentals and the shoegaze-feel of Pegley’s vocals makes this, albeit a short one, a loveable and welcome track.

Get Lost marks the end of the EP. The track definitely has a very tight alternative-punk sound with Booth’s vocals here being one of my highlights oLife’s A Beach. At moments the track is very comparable to Loser from their debut EP, though this track has definitely shown how fast the band have matured and honed their creative abilities.

The EP also contains a live version of the band’s crowd-pleasing track Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck). This track caused a large stage invasion at the band’s headline show at the BurySOUND Grand Final in March, and the live version is something to be heard!

Life’s A Beach is a defining moment in Tundra’s already memorable history. BurySound winners, supporting Marmozets and now this thoroughly entertaining EP in the bag… Tundra are a band that needs to be heard right this very minute. With Life’s A Beach they’ve cemented themselves as one of the best bands in the East. Watch this space because if this is anything to go by, big things awaits…

Life’s A Beach is available on all streaming services. 

Recorded at Punch Studios.

Catch Tundra at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer on Saturday 5th May and at the Riverwalk Fundraiser on Saturday 16th June, both at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds!

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EP Reviews

Bessie Turner: 22:22 review

Bessie Turner proves why she is one of the most exciting new artists in the UK with her stunning debut EP 22:22, released on Don’t Try Records.

Hailing from Ipswich, Turner had an extraordinary 2017 after uploading debut single Big Sleep to BBC Introducing, her extraordinary talents have been broadcast on national radio, playing live sets for the likes of Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq and amassing a several thousand streams on Spotify in the process.

Her debut EP has been eagerly anticipated and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. Opening with the sparse, calming instrumentals of Casa, the EP explodes into life with the alternative-rock of Words You Say with it’s infectious drum beats and Turner’s delicately perfect vocals really hitting home.

It’s hard to see past Abseil being her best song to date however, a really strong folk-pop track which captures the strong emotions Turner is trying to convey throughout her EP, emotions that are at the forefront of the jazz-influenced track In My Room which is about struggling with loneliness (proceeds from the single went to mental health charity MIND).

Big Sleep is also a firm favourite with Turner’s soothing vocals really lifting off accompanied with some driving folk instrumentals. Closing track Milky sees a raw side to the production, showing off beautiful harmonies and candid instrumentals that round out an EP that is going to be remembered for years to come.

If 2017 was anything to go by, 2018 is going to be massive for Bessie Turner. With support slots for the likes of Baxter Dury and The Libertines already pencilled in for the summer, Bessie Turner is most definitely a star in the making, and based on 22:22, she’s set to go very very far.

Bessie Turner plays The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 7th July with support from Enterlude and the Interesting Times Gang. Tickets available on the Washing Machine Facebook page!

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Track Reviews

Track Review: The Glitter Shop – Sleep

Bury St Edmunds Rock City’s The Glitter Shop are back with another brilliant grunge-pop banger Sleep.

Following on from the release of 2017’s ear worm of a track Fizz and the beautiful Alive, the trio are back with a bang with the sweet and dreamy Sleep.

The track sees the band take inspiration from the likes of The XX and Turnover in creating a cinematic, feel-good track, combining the melodic guitar riffs, from guitarist Barny Cutter, with fuzzy synths coupled with the great harmonies throughout the track from bassist Harry Dale and keyboardist Ruby Smith.

The whole composition of the track is put together brilliantly, the track has a great tempo throughout with the instrumentals really complimenting the soft and delicate vocals.

A fan favourite already from their glorious live sets, Sleep is a welcome addition to their ever-growing discography.

The band have various live dates coming up and you seriously don’t want to miss them, especially their gig with indie outfit Thyla and the Bury Fringe All-Dayer (all dates on their social media).

Sleep is a brilliant track and it deserves thousands of listens. We absolutely love it, and from what I’ve heard, there’s still a lot more to come from the lovely trio.

NOW LISTEN TO: Alive – the stunning b-side to their debut track Fizz.

THE GLITTER SHOP play the Vinyl Hunter Blast-Off tomorrow afternoon with SUN SCREAM, BLUE MEAN EYES and more. From 12-6pm and it’s absolutely FREE!

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EP Reviews

Deep City: 15:16 record review

Deep City’s unique brand of indie pop makes this EP one of our instant favourites of 2017.

A cooling presence on a marginally rock-dominated music scene  in East Anglia, Deep City’s fine talents in crafting mesmerisingly class indie pop tracks has gained many plaudits over the past few years.

The band this year won the 18 and Under Award at the NMG Awards, and it’s no surprise why after listening to 15:16.

The three tracks on this EP are some of the best tracks you’ll hear this year.

The lead track L.O.V.E is just outstanding, the multiple layers to the track’s production just oozes with creativity and maturity. The intricate guitar riffs really catches the ear and just makes the song as a whole just that extra bit better. There’s so much more I could say about the track, without a doubt one of my songs of the year.

The EP opener Time has a really cool summer vibe to it. Once again, the guitar riffs really shine on this track, especially during he instrumentals. They really blend with the other elements to the track and doesn’t detract away from the vocals.

The same can be said for Recognise Me, a track with a real smooth groove to it. First impressions led me to A Change of Heart by The 1975, and take that as a huge compliment, it’s an awesome track. Although slightly stripped back compared to the other two songs on the EP, here we see the vocals shine more, standing out against the wandering guitars. A welcome end to a class EP.

2018 is a big year for the band. BurySOUND awaits them on the 26th January for Heat 1, and they’re bound to follow up this EP with more music! A band you need to look out for!

Deep City play Heat 1 of BurySOUND @ The Hunter Club on 26th January!
Tickets £5! Be there and support local, live music!

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Track Reviews

The Glitter Shop: Fizz/Alive track review

Bury St Edmunds has a new band in town, the awesome three-piece grunge pop The Glitter Shop. The band release their debut tracks tomorrow (Friday 17th) and you definitely will not be disappointed…

Fizz, the lead track from their two-track release, is a slow-building pop masterpiece. With it’s 80’s new-wave like intro weaving in with lead vocallist Harry Dale’s enchanting vocals, the opening to this track is one of the best we’ve heard all year. The chorus is equally as great, with its uplifitng instrumentals, intricate vocal harmonies and memorable lyrics, this song has all the elements of a classic indie pop track. If you love bands like Crystal Fighters and Blaenavon, then you’ll love The Glitter Shop.

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The Glitter Shop

The follow-up track Alive is a haunting indie-folk track, with beautifully constructed guitar melodies from guitarist Barny Cutter ghosting throughout the dulcet tones from vocalist/keyboardist Ruby SmithThis track is so refreshing to hear and is a world away from Fizz, though both tracks combine perfectly to show the band can branch out in to different genres.

2018 is without a doubt going to be the year of The Glitter Shop. With their two debut tracks out tomorrow and their The Hunter Club debut gig on 20th January, they will soon become one of the most-loved bands in Bury St Edmunds. Watch out as they’re going to take the BSE music scene by storm!

For fans of: Wolf Alice, Crystal Fighters

See them at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds (supporting DRUIDS) – 20/01/18 6pm

Stream the track Fizz exclusively on B-Side Music Magazine NOW before the offical release tomorrow!

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Homegrown Festival Showcase @ The Hunter Club

An outstanding night of live music at The Hunter Club proved that East Anglia has some of the most diverse and extraordinary talents in the UK music scene.

The night, hosted by Barrow’s Homegrown Festival, kicked off with Cambridgeshire’s own Tom Lumley. The singer, along with his very own backing band, proved to be the perfect warm-up for the night ahead with his mix of indie-pop packed with electric riffs and anthemic lyrics, a real crowd pleaser. It’s no wonder why he has already supported acts like The Hunna in recent months. Having recently released a new single Just Like The Light and with last night (29th September) being the first date of a tour which covers the length of the UK, there’s no reason why Lumley can’t go on to become an even bigger name in not only East Anglia but nationally. This was his first gig in Bury St Edmunds, and hopefully there is more to come.

Next up to the fold were Ipswich’s Underline The Sky. In a set which was unfortunately marred by technical difficulties, though this was not the fault of the band, they pulled off an excellent set which really got the crowd going. The band have a great back catalogue of music, having released one full=length record and several EPs, and their setlist proved it, rip-roaring their way through their 30 minute slot. Though their own songs were excellent, the ear-catching part of their set was their pop-punk take on Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together, a fantastic cover. Underline The Sky undoubtedly put on a great show, aside from the few problems. The wait for even more new music continues…

Sudbury’s smooth groving Stretch Soul Gang were the next band to showcase their talents, and they totally did. A packed crowd danced their way through an astonishing set from such a unique group, not many people can say they’ve seen a soul/hip-hop/jazz group. No word of a lie, they are possibly one of the best bands I’ve actually seen live… excellent showmanship, inch-perfect falsettos, soothing basslines, and a great set of songs like the tunes Ain’t Got No Money and Sharks at the Wheel prove that Stretch Soul Gang are one of the most promising acts in the East. They had the audience in the palm of their hand, and there’s no doubt that in the not-so-distant future they’ll be entertaining even bigger crowds, and playing even bigger stages.

Last to entertain the packed out venue were Aldeburgh’s Fick As Fieves and they rounded off a superb night of live music with a bang, The trio’s indie rock lifted the room, a very polished performance. The band’s music appears on Spotify’s The Indie List, and it’s no surprise off of the back of this performance with their energetic stage presence, catchy riffs and pounding drums. Having formed only a year ago, it’s fair to say that the trio have come a long way in such a short space of time. The band teased us with new material which sounded just as good as their current work like Label Us and Insomnia. Championed by BBC Introducing Suffolk, they are definitely set for bigger things.

An exciting night showcasing some of the best musical talents in East Anglia. A huge shoutout to the people at Homegrown Festival for organising the event, same again next year?

 

Homegrown Festival 2018 tickets are on sale NOW on the link below!
http://homegrownfest.co.uk/tickets/4592101812

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Gig Reviews

The 545 @ The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Five of the best bands from in and around East Anglia played an outstanding night at The 545 music event at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday night.

Stone Deepe opened the night with their alternative rock entertaining the growing crowd. If you didn’t turn up early to see these lot, you missed a great set. It was their first time playing in Bury St Edmunds and it certainly won’t be the last. Their setlist was inch-perfect to getting the crowd going, who they thanked for coming. Their set closer Get In Line was a fantastic way to end their inch-perfect set, a proper indie-like sound to it.

Next up were the post-punk sounds of one of Bury St Edmunds’ most promising bands SIAH. Although they are relative newcomers to the BSE music scene, they have a great collection of tracks to work with, especially the beautifully-named Feline Friends and the punchy A French Girl featuring “the angellic voice” of their drummer. Susie Smokes is always a great live song and with their debut record out next year, and an already large following, big things await the band.

The atmospheric indie-pop of Deep City was up next, and it was just a sign that the night was just going to get better and better. It’s no wonder that they are compared to The 1975 with their track Slow sounding like a blend of some of The 1975’s best songs, absolutely fantastic. The Cambridge-based band wowed the crowd with the even-better swag Wht Hppnd. Deep City premiered a ‘new-ish’ track Classic to the crowd, and if that’s anything to go by, they’re with us for the long haul.

Bury St Edmunds stalwarts Cathedrals and Cars were the real highlight of the night with their sophisticated and polished art-rock and a fantastic set which warmed the crowd up for Hollowstar. Notable highlights from their set were the incredible The Concierge and their set closer A Piece of Me Died In Europe. Great songs, great live performance, tonight cemented Cathedrals and Cars as one of the best bands from BSE.

Last up were the headliners Hollowstar, from Cambridge. An absolutely electric set which blew the roof off The Apex. They told the crowd they had only been around for about two years, took me by surprise considering how accomplished and confident they were on stage. Their whole set sounded huge, sandwiched by a passionate speech from their frontman about mental illness, that led into the phenomenal Feel The Burn. The band dedicated their new song All I Gotta Say to their loyal fan base. They said comically that without their fans they’d be “at home wanking and playing FIFA”. Sounding absolutely huge, let’s hope they’re back in Bury St Edmunds sooner rather than later!

A fantastic event as always at The Apex. I’m already looking forward to next year’s 545!