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19/10 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

The past two weeks have seen an incredible amount of new releases from local artists, and here’s our summary of the tracks that you really need to hear!

SOPHIE MAHON – BLACK TIE
After the release of her spellbinding single 2bf and various live performances around the area, Sophie Mahon finally released her debut EP Xenon Nights – Dusk a few weeks ago and it’s awesome. Black Tie is the EP opener, with its synth-laden instrumentals instantly drawing you into the 80’s-inspired art rock anthem. Mahon plays the Bury Fringe Christmas Party on 22nd December at the Constitutional Club.

THE CATCH – KNOW YOU WON’T TRY
With the release of their EP imminent, the lads from The Catch have given us a little taste of what’s to come with latest single Know You Won’t Try proving again why they are one of the best young bands in East Anglia. The track is a more toned down affair compared to previously released tracks Tie Dye and Sort It Out, but again they’ve smashed it out of the park with their infectious lyrics and hard instrumentals.

HOLLOWSTAR – LET YOU DOWN
Arguably Cambridge’s best rock export since Mallory Knox, the ferocious Hollowstar are back again with another teaser in the buildup to the release of their debut album. Let You Down instantly draws you in with an electrifying guitar riff which constantly roams throughout the three minute track. The band are heading out on tour in the next few weeks, head over to their socials for more information.

BESSIE TURNER – NINO
Bessie Turner has definitely made a name for herself this year with headlining festival slots at Latitude and Reading&Leeds and the release of her beautiful debut EP 22:22. Nino is the latest instalment on Turner’s ever-growing discography, showcasing her gorgeous vocals over dreamy indie instrumentals, a style which has seen her touted as a ‘superstar in the making’ by BBC Introducing.

AMONG THE CITIZENS – PRETEND TO BE IN LOVE
Pretend To Be In Love is the latest release from Among The Citizens, a band who have really come of age over the past year. With two EPs, two singles released and an NMG Award already in the bag, it’s no wonder why they are tipped for big things. The title track from their new EP is a Two Door Cinema Club-esque indie pop belter with an incredibly catchy sing-a-long chorus. They play The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds tomorrow night (6:15pm)

THE GLITTER SHOP – CALL THE BANK
Although Call The Bank is a b-side to the soothing Tonic, this track is an absolute banger. Call The Bank is a staple of their enigmatic live performances which have wowed audiences in Norwich and Cambridge most recently. The track is a bit different to what’s been released previously from the trio as guitarist Barny Cutter takes lead vocals. The Glitter Shop play The Hunter Club 3rd November, be there!

SHYER – THE ONLY CURE
Having recently won the indie category at the recent NMG Awards, punchy four-piece rockers Shyer released the triumphant The Only Cure a matter of weeks ago. The simplistic but riveting guitar riff which weaves throughout the track combines nicely with the emotional vocals that makes this easily one of our favourite tracks of the past few months.

FRANKO FRAIZE – STOP ME (FEATURING ALEX JOSEPH)
The finale to his ear-catching EP Lights and Colour, Stop Me shows Franko Fraize at his very best. Fraize teams up with long-term collaborator Alex Joseph (2017’s Side By Side) to produce an epic UK rap track destined to hit your playlists as soon as you listen. The rest of his EP features the heartfelt Queen of Hearts and summer bop Let It Go. It’s well worth a listen!

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Bury Fringe All-Dayer 2018 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

An incredible array of talent was on display at The Hunter Club yesterday (Saturday 5th May) for the 7th annual Bury Fringe All-Dayer, headlined by the rampant Gaffa Tape Sandy.

The day was brilliantly started with bands from Queens Road Rock School, Queen Dogs showed vast confidence beyond the years playing covers of One Way or Another and a great cover of Transmission by Joy Division, whilst The Daze played some original tracks alongside covers of Use Somebody and Blitzkrieg Bop. Both bands went down really well with the crows, and it really was a great way to kick off the day.

Opening The Magic Carpet Stage was rising star Noah Evans, another performer in the same age range as the bands before, but still showing off his incredible talents playing tracks from his debut EP See It Through which is now on Spotify. These three acts really shows that the Bury St Edmunds area is abundant with young talent, and it’s so promising to see this!

Going back to the Main Hall, alt-rocker Sophie Mahon and her backing band wowed the crowd with a truly awesome 80’s influenced-set featuring crowd favourite 2bf which is a really really brilliant track. Turning 180 degrees, it was then Blue Mean Eyes turn to shine and they certainly did. Tearing through tracks like Brixton Shrug, the trio proved during their set that they are set for big things, especially considering that they have new music on it’s way!

Enterlude brought their indie-synth sound to the Washing Machine stage, playing the phenomenal tracks Hurt Yourself and British Dream whilst also showing off new track Dancing With The Devil. With a support slot for Bessie Turner coming up for the band, they’ll just get better and better. After their set, Cambridge’s Lemondaze played a blinder of a set, with their stunning shoegaze sound really connecting with the large crowd. They are definitely a band to keep an eye out for, really promising stuff!

Our first visit to the Rock Against Racism Stage, run by Toonteen’s Joe Weaver, saw us see the brilliant BAILEY. Starting his set with his debut single The Future, his elevating-pop sound really shone through as his set went on, he has new tracks on the way and we can’t wait to hear them. Next up on stage was the delightful Matt Hammond who was a really interesting act to watch. It was lovely to sit and admire his guitar work, his intricate guitar melodies were truly impressive, especially during the wonderful Skylines.

A late replacement after the Interesting Times Gang sadly pulled out, KULK played two sets during the day. Heavy rock is their speciality, especially when they’re playing the bloody insane tracks Fix Me and Toxic. Every time I see these, they just get better and better, and to get that sound from only two people is just jaw-dropping! After seeing them support DRUIDS in January, it was really nice to see Stealing Signs back with their sweet alternative rock, playing one of my personal favourite local tracks You Will Be and many more. Every time these lads perform they put on a great show, we can’t wait to see them at Homegrown Festival!

Rounding off the first half of the all-dayer were the wonderful trio of The Glitter Shop. They may have only played a handful of gigs together since forming, but as soon as they stepped on stage, you would have thought they would have been playing together for years. Not only do their studio releases Fizz and Sleep sound great live, the other tracks on their set like Throwing Apples and Call The Bank topped off with their frantic energy on stage proves why they are one of the most exciting bands to have come out of the local scene in years.

After a much-needed food break, Kelodown and their hard rock sound really got the crowd moving proving why they made to the final of BurySound this year. With more gigs under their belt, the band will get even better, especially if they write tracks as good as Carpet Burn and Occupational HazardThe Baby Seals made their Hunter Club debut with a formidable set filled with really fun tracks with bonkers names like My Labia Is Lopsided But I Don’t Mind and Nipple Hair. Hopefully they play there again soon, because they were ace!

Playing before the headliners on the Rock Against Racism stage were The Catch with one  of the best sets of the entire day. Their new tracks sound really really impressive especially the thumping Can You Feel It? and Hindsight, which really compliment the rest of their packed set which include crowd favourite Tie Dye and new single Sort It Out. Quality as always from one of the best bands in Bury.

SIAH played a long over-due set on Chris’s Stage, with their post-punk hits Susie Smokes and A French Girl sounding really great as always. Let’s hope that they release some new music before the year is out because it’s desperately needed! Fresh off the back of a European tour, Fightmilk were another band returning to the Hunter Club with their epic pop-punk tracks like Pity Party, making the release of their debut album hotly anticipated!

Co-headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage were indie-rock legends The Baskervilles. The band have recently released new track Blood In My Mouth which sounds truly majestic live, alongside their set-opener Kalashnikov and all-round belter Death Of A Pop Song. We really can’t wait to hear what the foursome release next because they’re one of the best indie rock groups around locally. The other band co-headlining the RAR stage were 2017 BurySOUND finalists Goldblume, a commanding set from the god-like trio who played Razor, from their RSD vinyl release, which sounded utterly sublime. Their bold stage presence was a joy to watch and was the perfect way to close the stage. Two real highlights of the day.

After releasing their second EP Life’s A Beach only last week, Tundra brought the summer vibes to Chris’s Stage with their glorious surf-punk sounds. They played the EP in full with Walking Stick and Swimming Shorts sounding absolutely huge with their awesome riffs and thundering drums. It’s no doubt that Tundra are a ‘live band’, and when it comes to playing their trademark song Vacation, you know that the crowd are going to go absolutely mental. And they certainly did. A really memorable set that led into the overall headliners set impeccably.

So, now onto the last act of the night, the absolutely AMAZING Gaffa Tape Sandy. The band had already played in Leeds earlier on in the day, but they saved their A-game for their hometown crowd bursting into the frantic Transylvania and the snappy Water Bottle with moshpits already forming in the packed crowd. The trio played a mix of old and new with the well-received Smart Dressed Guy and L’Appel du Vide still sounding so exciting and fresh. New tracks Turnstile and Meathead went down a treat with the crowd too, with the fun instrumentals and perfect vocals really packing a punch, the latter is being released soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! And by the way Manager is still class, probably the most underrated track from their debut EP Spring Killing. They closed their set with the ever-present Beehive, inviting the absolute legend Seymour Quigley to crowd surf whilst they played it. With several festival dates this summer lined up, there’s no doubt that they are one of the most exciting bands in the UK at the moment. Go and see them if you ever have the chance!

Well done to all the acts who played yesterday! Special shout out to Substation, Rosa, Alicia Hall, Robert C Taylor, Ben Pegley, Phoebe Austin and Grandma’s Waffle Velocity too!

Thanks to everyone involved for putting on a great event!

Written by Marc Manning                Graphics by Guy Rodwell