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The Music Blog 42 EP Of The Year

2019 has been a strong year for the local scene and the EPs released this year shows the local scene is in a good place for the years ahead.

Below is a very condensed round of this year’s Top 10 EPs as voted for by you! The votes were very very close on this one!

10. Too Cool Kid – The Candidate
Cambridgeshire’s Too Cool Kid released an ambitious effort this year with an EP based around a fictional political, inspired by the sounds of Bowie and Radiohead.

9. GrassRoof – GUYAKA
Cambridge Band Competition winners GrassRoof blew everyone away with their mind-bending psych-rock EP GUYAKA, their finest work to date.

8. WRECK – Dusty Knees
Emerging from a growing Norwich scene, surf-punk heroes WRECK released one of the best debut EPs this year with Lost My Weed and Six Hours In becoming instant favourites.

7. Deep City – CIRCUIT
Indie-pop quartet Deep City released the cohesive CIRCUIT which features some of their most technical tracks to date including The 1975-inspired thoughtofmind. and indie-dance hit The Box.

6. Caswell – Blindside
Breakout star Caswell has had a stormer of a year after winning a national competition to support Ed Sheeran in Ipswich in August. Blindside is further proof she is a star in the making.

5. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Family Mammal
The long-awaited second EP from Gaffa Tape Sandy earned national praise on release for their memorable garage-rock hits like Headlights, Kill The Chord and new single My Desperate House.

4. The Daze – Stares Like Stone
Newcomers to the local scene, punk foursome The Daze released their awesome debut EP under the stewardship of Queens Road Studio. The band are ones to watch in 2020.

3. KYANOS – Lost In Blue
The follow-up to 2017’s Elevator to Japan, KYANOS fused jazz, psychedelia and alternative rock together to create one of the most ambitious and successful EPs of 2019.

2. SubStation – The Yellow One
Another band from the Queens Road Studio, SubStation’s debut EP made a lasting impression on the local scene with deep, thoughtful lyrics and interesting instrumentation.

The Music Blog 42 EP of the Year is…
1. Salvador – Salvador

The self-titled debut EP from Framlingham’s Salvador propelled the indie-pop band to be known names within the local scene within a matter of months. Tracks like Ordinary Love and Gum Disease shows the band at their best, making intense and emotive tracks. Having had extensive radio play on BBC Introducing Suffolk, the band were picked to support Ed Sheeran in August at Chantry Park. Salvador will be looking to build on this 2020 with more new music and live performances.

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The NMG Awards 2019

Gaffa Tape Sandy and Riviera were the big winners at this year’s NMG Awards held once again at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

Bury St Edmunds-based trio Gaffa Tape Sandy deservedly walked away with the Breakout award, after a year which has seen them support Skeggs, Indoor Pets, play festivals abroad and release their second EP to much acclaim.

Winners of the 18 and Under band category Riviera were inducted into the NMG Hall of Fame alongside acts like 4th Labyrinth, who earlier brought the house down with two great tracks, Sages of the Subway and Camisayo.

Former winners Hollowstar and Ellie Dixon wowed the crowd with two flawless performances, sandwiched inbetween award wins for GABBY in the 18 and Under Solo category, The Glitter Shop for Alternative and Among The Citizens for Indie.

In the public votes, The Hunter Club walked away with the Best Small Venue award, whilst Silence and Company won the inaugural Track of 2019 trophy. Jake Day picked up the Best Producer gong, and the Audience Choice winners for 2019 were once again Pink Lemonade.

Young prospects Among The Citizens and Riviera also played live sets which went down really well in the venue. Upcoming band Salvador won the Breakthrough award after recently supporting Ed Sheeran at Chantry Park.

The Extons picked up the Best Rock award literally from the floor, after their trophy was dropped moments before announcing the winner, alongside Amethysts who appeared via video-link to accept the Electronic and Urban award.

The Male and Female Solo winners were first time winners Dan Bond and Sophie Winter, also the Folk, Country and Roots winners being Elizabeth & Jameson.

The night closed with a trademark performance from Gaffa Tape Sandy who formed possibly the first ever mosh pit at an awards night. 

Thanks to Tim Willett for an awesome evening celebrating the local scene.

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EP Reviews

EP Review: Salvador – Salvador

Framlingham-based indie band Salvador have just recently released their self-titled debut EP, consisting of five great tracks.

Ordinary Love opens the EP and just three seconds in, the vocals set the mood of the song making it instantly feel indie. The tightness of the instrumentals shows the bond of the band and the strength of emotion is shown almost immediately. Low bass tones and fun guitar riffs made me listen for more. The lead vocals seem effortless, he has a way of authentically telling a story in his songs which is fresh to see from such a young and new band. Although the song isn’t fast, it is heartfelt. The shifts in tone creates for a more uplifting chorus, leading into the guitar and drums to progress and build on the emotion of the song. I was captivated throughout, and it’s easily my favourite song on the EP.

Slow Down starts with pretty and slow guitar riffs and then vocals and drums join. It is easy to listen to, with lower mood and tone and a calm aura surrounding it, a small contrast from the first track.

The vocals in Gum Disease are the main focus for the first 30 seconds and then the slow guitar melody and subtle drums join, this song is more angsty than the others, making it both beautiful and sad.

Pink leads in with bright guitar tones and rhythmic drums, leading into awesome vocals. Synths make this track more upbeat, amongst troubled lyrics. The one-line then a drum beat midway, makes the song more intense. There is a short, funky guitar interlude which livens up the track, leading into a repeated chorus, making the track a catch.

Fever, the last track on the EP, opens with picked riff giving off Sam Fender vibes. The vocals are lower in tone and slower. Fever has a message about broken relationships and is lower in mood to finish the EP off. The drumming on this track emphasis the passion and pain in the vocals, with a guitar melody playing throughout.

The whole EP is Indie fuelled emotion, with moody instrumentals and passion. I loved it.

Written by Moe Noble.

Salvador play The 545 at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 26th April at 6pm alongside Underline The Sky, KeloDown, Substation and The Daze. Tickets are available on The Apex website.

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Bessie Turner @ The Hunter Club, BSE

A sublime headline set from Bessie Turner entertained a strong crowd at an extremely hot Hunter Club on Saturday evening.

New band on the scene Salvador opened up the evening with their chilled indie-rock sound, songs like Gum Disease and Slow Down really stood out and excitingly enough the band are heading into the studio to record an EP which will be out towards the end of the year. An impressive way to start the evening.

Another act making their Hunter Club debut was indie-pop newcomer James Cooper, who brought along a small legion of fans with him. Anoraks and Blue Eyes were the standout tracks here, though his cover of Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys showed off a more grittier side to his sound. His debut EP released last year was very strong, and it’ll be great to see what he can do in the future.

After sadly pulling out of the Fringe All-Dayer in May, we were VERY excited to see The Interesting Times Gang perform once again after their dazzling set here in January, and once again they proved why they are starting to grab people’s attention around the local scene. Their unique selection of tracks are ultimately catchy with the formidable Wayward Navigator and the intensely brilliant Enough Is Enough capturing the crowd’s imagination right from the start. ITG are definitely a band you need to see whenever you get the chance.

Enterlude burst on to the scene late last year, and ever since then have gone from strength to strength with stellar sets at their BurySOUND heat and at the Fringe All-Dayer, but tonight was a set to remember for sure.
The whole band were on it from the get-go, referencing England’s win over Sweden earlier on in the day asking if there was “anyone from Sweden here”, before launching into several new tracks like I’m Happy Being Miserable which will be on their debut EP which is set to be released towards the end of the year. 
Hurt Yourself
and British Dream sounded as brilliant as ever, with the latter most definitely our favourite song of 2018 so far. These lads have the potential to be a massive success on the local scene, and on tonight’s performance it could be sooner rather than later.

When it was announced last April that Bessie Turner was going to headline her first Washing Machine, we were instantly excited, mainly due to the fact that she has been one of the biggest success stories to come out of the region in years with extensive national radio-play and a truly magical EP release which has captured attention across the country. And as expected, she definitely didn’t disappoint.
Her set was largely based around her debut EP 22:22, opening with the soothing Casa and Big Sleep before exploding into life with cheeky excerpts about how football is coming home and her infatuation with the eyes of English defender John Stones.
The loveable crowd interaction made the gig feel even more intimate, with the bouncy-jazz of In My Room and several new tracks really connecting to the large crowd who instantly fell in love with the charming Turner.
Words You Say closed what was another brilliant night of music, but shows why in only a weeks time Bessie Turner is headlining the Introducing Stage at Latitude. Another accolade to add to an ever-growing list of achievements.

NEXT EVENT: Bury Fringe Fundraiser @ The Constitutional Club featuring STRETCH SOUL GANG, KELODOWN, LUCY GRUBB, SHADLEY HARRIS AND MORE! £5 entry with doors opening at 7pm. BE THERE.

The Music Blog 42 are proud to announce our first ever gig night at The Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 18th August.. Joining the line-up are BSE psych-rockers SUN SCREAM, BurySOUND 2018 winners INFLUX OF INSANITY and more to be announced very very soon! Details to be confirmed shortly.