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Influx of Insanity: EP review

Influx of Insanity have become recent stalwarts of the local music scene, infamous for their prog rock sound, and the release of their self-titled EP proves why they’ll be around for a very long time.

Aged only fourteen years old, the duo have self-produced this collection of five brand new tracks alongside an acoustic version of one of their most revered songs. The EP is a studio version of tracks that were part of their BurySOUND and Cambridge Band Competition-winning sets.

Envious Souls is the EP opener, a track which builds up into a ferocious chorus which not only sounds awesome on record, but their live performances are also a pleasure to listen to. This has been a track that has always stood out live, and hearing the ‘studio’ version of it has made us love it even more.

Segued in between the heavier tracks on the EP are the psychedelic-inspired instrumentals of Unknown Entity and Kalinthapa. These tracks are more gentler and tranquil than anything the dynamic duo have released before, and shows a more versatile edge to their writing and instrumentals.

Violet and Season of Mist are two tracks that will stick long in the memory and are arguably two of the best rock songs you’ll hear all year. Violet‘s atmospheric guitar riffs from Dom Howard and Oliver Brown’s unique vocals builds up into an astonishing finale which will blow you away. Season of Mist shows off the band’s harder sound with more brutal riffs and intense vocals.

Go and listen now because this is an EP you HAVE to listen to.

INFLUX OF INSANITY launch their EP TOMORROW NIGHT (2nd Nov) at RAMPTON VILLAGE HALL. Support comes from LIMITED TIME and THE GOODS. 7:30pm start.

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Sun Scream: Take It Easy review

The debut EP from psychedelic alt-rockers Sun Scream is a mind-blowing twelve minutes of dreamy instrumentals and powerful vocals.

It’s been a long time coming for new music from the band, having released two tracks in early 2017 which gained support from BBC Introducing and nationwide radio play on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.

Sun Scream also embarked on playing various shows around the South, with shows in London, Brighton and East Anglia, whilst recording their debut EP at Church Road Studios with Theo Varney in Brighton.

Extract was the first track released from their EP, a ferocious track with an ecstatic combination of thundering guitars and drums. The track was premiered on Steve Lamacq’s 6music show, and it’s clear to see why. Extract is a true statement of intent from the band. And that guitar riff throughout is just insanely good. Like, too good.

Instrumental track Marmalade is a gorgeous bubbling track which flows straight into the euphoria of Samsara, a slow-building track which starts off with lonely guitar chords but transgresses into an explosion of psychedelic sounds which fuses together to make this Sun Scream’s best track yet.

Take It Easy, the title track and fan-favourite, rounds off the EP. A much more gentle, toned down end to the EP compared to the other tracks, but still great in it’s own right. Instrumentally it’s beautiful, but the real winner here are the vocals from lead James Green, which really blends well with the mellow guitar riffs that makes this track a completely different beast.

2018 is looking to be the best year yet for the band, with a live date at The Hunter Club tomorrow night (7th April) supporting F.O.X, and also supporting Californian band Levitation Room in May. With more live dates coming and this belter of an EP, it’s safe to say Sun Scream are a band on the up.

Band Members:
Vocals/guitar – James Green
Bass – Tom Lawrence
Guitar – Emily Wallace
Drums/Synth – Jamie Robertson

Take It Easy, the new EP from Sun Scream is OUT NOW!

Links on how to listen to it are below:
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/7IWkEM7nFvEws2yBASlnCN?si=utKJKQ5OSfm_AlXpKi4KKw

Bandcamp – https://sunscreamband.bandcamp.com/album/take-it-easy

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/take-it-easy-ep/1367616346

Twitter: @SunScreamBand

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Gig Reviews

Dingus Khan @ The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds

Another Saturday, another Washing Machine at The Hunter Club, and tonight was the long-anticipated live return from Manningtree’s finest Dingus Khan.

Before the main event, four excellent bands entertained the ever-growing crowd.

Colchester’s Nothing. Existed. were up next, however due to transport issues and miscellanous reasons, I unfortunately missed their set apart from their last track. A very different sound to what I and many others have heard at a Washing Machine gig, but ultimately a very fresh and great way to open what was bound to be a superb night of live music. These are definitely a group you need to see to believe, and I for one will definitely go and see these again.

Ugly delighted crowds with their cheeky brand of alternative-indie. The overwhelming highlight of their riff-packed set was the superbly-named The Last Supper At The Regal Wetherspoons, a song dedicated to Cambridge’s Wetherspoons and ‘how atrocious it is’, I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. But anyway, a great set from a band who haven’t performed in Bury for a long long time, and hopefully they’ll be back sooner this time.

Another band who haven’t perfomed at The Hunter Club for quite a while are the incredible Kyanos. They stunned the packed-out venue with their psychedelic sounds. They played tracks from their recently released EP Elevator To Japan, alongside another yet-to-be-released new track So High, which sounds so so good and could easily be their best song yet. A big set from one of the rising talents on the Bury music scene.

Sun Scream, another Bury band, warmed up the crowd with their superb psychedelic alternative rock. The four-piece band ploughed their way through several tracks that sounded incredible, with honourable mentions to their most-loved tracks She and then the set-closer, the thumping Sun Scream which is such a beautifully loud number. The band also teased new music, which as ever, sounds absolutely awesome. Hopefully a headline set is coming soon…

The roaring Dingus Khan closed proceedings with their anthemic headline set and my god, it’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Having been away for a few years, they sounded better than ever belting out their most popular tracks like Ambulance and Plank, with some stunning dance moves to boot. Milk From Every Mammal as ever sounds even better live than on the studio version. The band unfortunately weren’t allowed to use their ever-present giant inflatable swan, however that didn’t detract from their epic hour-long set. Another great track Knifey Spoony was ultimately the highlight from such a great set.

Dingus Khan are well and truly back, and with their new album out in two weeks (they said that their album was delayed because of the new £1 and £5 currency change!), it’s getting better and better for the band.

Please remember to ignore the giant swan in the corner.

Nothing. Existed.’s SoundCloud
Ugly’s SoundCloud
Kyanos SoundCloud
Sun Scream’s SoundCloud
Dingus Khan’s SoundCloud

The next Washing Machine is Saturday 4th November! Featuring the first headline set from SIAH, and the last ever gig from The Virtues!