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TMB42 Spotlight: Connor Adams

July’s Spotlight comes in the shape of Connor Adams, a singer-songwriter from Ipswich.

Off the back of two incredible EP’s, Connor Adams is starting to become a well-known name around the East. His first EP Locked Doors astonishingly reached No.5 in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts landing him slots at prestigious festivals around the UK and support from BBC Introducing.

We spoke to Connor about how he got into music, and his musical influences:

What got you into music?
“Growing up there would always be music playing around the house. Whether it was my dad listening to Bon Jovi or my brother blasting out Eminem, there was always something for me to listen to whether I wanted to or not. I used to steal my dad’s CD’s and Sony Walkman and listen to records in my bedroom for hours. When I was 7, I asked my Mum and Dad for a guitar, we went down to the local music shop and bought a black Squire & a Roland amp. I still have them now, I played it to death!”

Can you cite any notable influences to your music?
Again, the influences came from what my family would be playing on the road trips etc. Things such as Shania Twain, Bryan Adams (no relation unfortunately) & Foo Fighters. The Foo’s were honestly the first band I remember being obsessed with. I got to see them at Wembley when I was 11 years old, it rocked.

When I got to the age where I could go out and buy a CD or download a single of iTunes, artists such as Ed Sheeran, Stereophonics & Fleetwood Mac started to influence my music. One of my favourite things to do is to listen to new music, music i’ve never heard before. It fascinates me, in my mind I go into such depth about every aspect of the song. I get my full geek on!

 

His latest EP Open My Eyes is his strongest piece of work to date and easily one of our favourites of 2018. Songs like Since You Came Around and the title track Open My Eyes stand out with their modern guitar-pop sound with elements of country and R’n’B to them. Adams said to us “this EP is something I’m really proud of, hearing the good responses is an amazing feeling”.

More recently, Adams has had the opportunity to support The Darkness which he says was “pretty nuts”, as well as playing to over two thousand people at Guildford Live. Having played that gig with just his loop pedal, he said to us how he’d love to play that size of a show with this full backing band. Him and his backing band also played Homegrown Festival where his performance was one of our highlights of the weekend.

His aim for the next few years is to keep touring with this band promoting his latest EP, and to keep making ‘sweet, sweet music’. And after his last two EP’s, we can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

Upcoming Gigs:
July 14th – Wichambrook Greyhound (Free Entry)
July 21st – Jimmys Farm
July 28th – Jerwood Dancehouse’

http://www.connoradamsmusic.com

The track ‘Open My Eyes’ by Connor Adams will be played every Friday night of July on the Huntingdon Community Radio ‘Spotlight’ show, broadcast just after 9pm!

 

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TMB42 Spotlight: Enterlude

This month’s Spotlight is on one of the most exciting bands on the local scene : indie synth-pop band Enterlude.

Band Members:
Tom Paren – Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Josh Finch – Lead Guitar
Will Allsopp – Bass
Ted Ballam – Synthesizers
Ethan Richards – Drums

Although they are only starting to become more prominent within the local scene, the band formed in early 2016 which saw four out of the five members start learning their instruments from scratch, an impressive achievement for a band who are slowly becoming one of the hottest prospects on the local scene.

What makes Enterlude stand out from their guitar-driven counterparts within the scene is their use of electronic sounds within their indie-pop instrumentals. As heard in debut single Hurt Yourself, the driving synth rhythm which triumphantly weaves throughout the track combines well with the fuzzy guitar riffs and laid-back vocals. Though their debut single was a success, British Dream really is Enterlude at their best. The instantly memorable synths which links up with the confident vocals makes this easily one of our songs of the year.

The band interestingly state The Strokes and The Killers as just two of their influences within their music, two bands that have evolved their sound over the past few years to include more electronic-based instrumental. However they do state that they all have a variety of different music tastes which helps to contribute to their sound!

The start of 2018 saw them participate in their first BurySOUND heat, just a few months after playing their first Hunter Club gig supporting SIAH and The Virtues. They were desperately unlucky to miss out on going through to the final in what was a very strong heat, however the room was packed out for them and like they said “we had a full room going crazy to our songs”. Promising stuff, right?

The next few months is going to be interesting for the band, with an EP to be released towards the end of July which we really can’t wait to hear! Enterlude are also looking to play more gigs so if you’re a local promoter, be sure to get in touch with them via their Facebook page!

Upcoming Gigs:
7th July – Hunter Club – supporting Bessie Turner
August TBA – The Apex – playing The 545

For fans of: Blossoms, The Strokes, INXS

 

In an exciting new partnership with Huntingdon Community Radio, British Dream will be played throughout the station during the month of June!

Want to be July’s Spotlight? Get in touch with us via our email: themusicblog42@gmail.com

 

 

 

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TMB42 Spotlight: Sunday Arches

Sunday Arches are our focus in this month’s Spotlight, and you’re going to love them!

It’s an interesting tale how the band formed. Having been friends since school in Colchester and playing music together through their teenage years, the four band members met up under a South London railway arch a decade later (presumably on a Sunday) and set about writing and producing new music!

The start of 2018 saw them release their second EP Feels Like Home which is just honestly superb and will get you hooked from the first listen. Each song is great in it’s own right, Holding A Flame is an exuberant thrasher of a track whereas Watch The Thinker is a track that builds up gently in to an awesome guitar solo.

The title track Feels Like Home was played twice on BBC 6 Music in mid-February, the band cite this as a notable moment for themselves, as well as playing a show at the O2 Academy2 Islington in 2017.

It’s hard to pin-point what the main influences are for the band, sometimes they dig into really gritty rock which is seen in their latest EP, but also tend to go for a more indie-rock  sound like in We Never Were. Frontman Sam Juner said “Our focus is largely on melody and energy… we are into a broad spectrum of music”

Their first EP Extended Play sees the band in a different light, combining rock elements seen in their recent music with more melodic tones added in to give tracks like Gentlewomen and Crocodile that extra bit of brilliance.

So what next for the band? Well, they’re currently working on more new music and are looking for summer shows to play. (Any promoters out there, book these lads!)

After asking him where you see the band in the next few years, Juner had this to say to us:

“We’ve been active now for about a year, played some great shows and released 2 EP’s.  It’s gathering momentum, moving in the direction we want it to and it’s so much fun.
We want to push the songs out there as much as possible, record more and more ambitious material and stay active in the live scene.  As long as we’re enjoying what we’re doing and people are liking the songs, we’re happy.”

 

Alternatively, type in ‘Sunday Arches’ on Spotify

 

Band Members:
Sam Juner – Vocals/Guitar/Lyrics
Ben Springett – Drums
Michael Burley – Guitar
Dom Juner – Bass

Facebook/Twitter: @sundayarches

 

 

 

 

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Track Review: The Catch – Tie Dye

The Music Blog 42 are pleased to premiere Tie Dye, the latest single from the upcoming BSE band The Catch!

Following on from their EP release 03. last year which included the phenomenal Artist and even better Vexed, The Catch are back with their rampant indie rock sounds with Tie Dye.

Tie Dye is a barnstorming two and a half minutes worth of melodic guitar riffs and powerful vocals culminating in one of the best tracks to have come out of the local scene for years. An infectious rhythm coupled in with such a catchy chorus, which sees lead vocalist Adam Levey’s voice really soar, makes this The Catch’s best song to date.

The track ticks all the boxes for an indie rock banger. Another track is set for release later in the year, we’re already buzzing to hear it!

With the band in Heat 5 of BurySOUND on 23rd February, can they follow in the footsteps of fellow indie heavyweights Suburban Minds and win? I wouldn’t bet against it after this track.

Tie Dye is released tomorrow (23rd February) on all streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes etc. Follow the band’s social media accounts for links!

The Catch are also playing Heat 5 of BurySOUND at The Hunter Club tomorrow! Tickets are £5 OTD, first band is on at 6:15pm. Get down and support some great local talent!

We ran our SPOTLIGHT feature on The Catch a few weeks ago, read it here!