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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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Dingus Khan @ The Hunter Club, BSE (17/03/2018)

The third Washing Machine of the year saw Dingus Khan make a sweaty return to the Hunter Club.

The Manningtree five-piece rocked from the start, ploughing through legendary hits like Plank and Ambulance, where the band’s infectious energy rubbed off on the packed out venue which was shaking to its very core.

New material was played in what was nearly a 90-minute set, the absolutely barnstormer of a hit My Number was the highlight of the new tracks, a track that is so ferociously delicious it’s already a fan favourite and the track My New Hat, members of the band passed out pieces of their merch throughout this one, no second guesses as to what the pieces of merch were…

The loving crowd got rowdier and rowdier, and as soon as the band launched into the revered track Knifey Spoony local legend Seymour Quigley was crowd-surfing around the venue, audience members were up on stage and the temperature in the room increased by about 1000 degrees.

But let’s not forget the band’s who opened the night of brilliant music.

Members of Queen’s Road Rock School (run by Linzi Stivey and White) made their Hunter Club debut with bands Substation and The Daze, which really shows that the BSE music scene has such a bright future. Substation’s track Intention is a great tune!

Radio Orwell were up next, another brilliant five-piece group who have a hint of The National about them. Their new track Stolen Sense Of Wonder is a wonderful slice of alternative goodness, not to forget the brilliance of I Disappear and Speaking About It. We can’t wait to hear more from them!

It’s the second time we’ve seen the smooth Sam Eagle and his band of Lemon Lizards, and it’s clear they are going places. Having gained extensive radio play for the chilled 15/8, Eagle showed why he is so highly-rated among the local scene with an awesome set. And also, Moon Jelly is such a really really really tasty track. Go listen to all of his music now.

Finishing off the undercard were the terrific trio of Blue Mean Eyes. The band have gone through extensive changes the past year, however, the trio were on fine form tonight showing off new tracks but also playing some old favourites as well. They finished on the track Escapade which is just phenomenal! New music is bound to be on its way and we can’t wait to hear it.