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TMB42 Spotlight: BAILEY

This month’s Spotlight feature is on the East’s own ‘elevating pop’ soloist BAILEY.

When writing new music for his next musical project, having been performing locally, for twelve years, BAILEY wanted his tracks to be heard with a full band behind them. Unfortunately for him this didn’t work out due to other commitments, but this has led him to produce some exciting music which diversifies the local scene even more.

Unsurprisingly to listeners of his new hit The Future, he takes inspiration from the likes of George Ezra and John Mayer to create instantly likeable and fun instrumentals which compliments his abilities to write a brilliantly catchy chorus.

The Future was released at the start of April and is definitely a track that is worth a listen, especially as BAILEY himself has created his own genre to go with it: ‘elevating pop’. In his own words, he said to us “my music is upbeat acoustic-driven folk-pop with anthemic choruses” and we’re not arguing with that because it sounds great!

BAILEY has had the chance to perform a live session on BBC Introducing Cambridge recently as well as having frequent radio play of The Future. And with new music only a matter of weeks away, it’s exciting times for him!

He has various live dates coming, notably a slot on the Rock Against Racism Stage at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer, his set time is at 4pm so come along and catch some of his set which will undoubtedly feature his debut track and more!

The Future is available on all major platforms, listen to it by clicking here! Or listen to it using the Soundcloud widget here:

BAILEY’s upcoming tour dates and social media links are listed below:

May 5th – Bury Fringe All-Dayer, Bury St Edmunds
May 9th – Apples & Pears Bar, London E1
May 12th – The Spice Of Life, Soho – London
May 19th – Tooting Tram & Social, London SW
May 24th – Acoustic @ The Craft Beer Co., Brighton
June 10th – Homegrown Music Festival, Bury St Edmunds
July 5th – Acoustic @ The Craft Beer Co., Brighton
Site: http://baileymusic.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/baileymusiconline
Twitter: twitter.com/baileymusicon
Instagram: instagram.com/baileymusiconline
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/baileymusiconline

 

 

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Track Reviews

Track Review: The Baskervilles – Blood In My Mouth

If you’re a fan of full-blooded indie rock, then you’ll absolutely love Blood In My Mouth from Suffolk’s The Baskervilles.

Hailing from Ipswich, the five-piece rockers have been working in the studio for the past two years with award-winning producer Tom Donovan resulting in the absolutely massive 2017 track Kalashnikov and the bloody brilliant Blood In My Mouth released only on Friday (27th April).

Blood In My Mouth definitely has more of a commercial sound than their previous releases however this doesn’t take away from the raw energy that makes this track one of the most exciting releases of 2018.

The Baskervilles themselves said that the track is for “anyone who has lost the one they love and is forced to relive the mistakes they’ve made”.  The emotions of the track are driven by the swaggering vocals from frontman James Betts, which heavily compliments the juggernaut of a guitar riff which comes to the fore in the chorus.

The band have confirmed that they’ll be touring the UK in June, not before a co-headline appearance on the Rock Against Racism stage at the Bury Fringe Festival All-Dayer on Saturday 5th May. Keep an eye out for tour dates when they’re announced!

Blood In My Mouth is available on all platforms.

For all links to their social media, go to http://www.thebaskervillesofficial.com

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EP Reviews

Tundra: Life’s A Beach review

An EP that has been teased for quite a long time has lived up to the hype, Tundra’s second EP Life’s A Beach is a defining moment for Sudbury’s loveable punk trio.

Having already had a mind-blowing start to 2018 with a surprise support slot with Yorkshire rockers Marmozets at Cambridge Junction in February, the band are about to make more waves in the local scene with these fun, memorable tracks.

Pink Eye kicks off the EP, which contains a laugh-out-loud skit relating to Charles Xavier of the X-Men, showing off the classic Tundra sound of thrashing drums and catchy lyrics and although the chorus is as simple as “We Don’t Care!” it’s as infectious as the chorus to Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck) from their debut EP Pretty Bird.

The fun doesn’t stop there though, with a track that just screams 00’s pop-punk in the shape of Walking Stick. Here we see a different side to guitarist Caitilin Pegley’s vocals which have more of a punch to them than what we’ve heard previously from the band, perfectly fitting in with the hard-hitting drums of Elliott Rodger-Brown and Elliot Booth’s sludgy bass lines which helps create an exhilarating sound not only on record but live too.

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Credit: Burnt Out Media

Following on from the previous two tracks, the EP takes a more reflective turn with Swimming Shorts. If you were looking for that song for your summer playlists, then this is it. An utterly stunning six-minute long triumph which builds up with Booth and Pegley’s intriguing vocals into an absolutely barnstorming minute and a half worth of full-blooded instrumentals. If you haven’t heard this track, you’re truly missing out, easily a Track of the Year contender!

The fun and thrill of Life’s A Beach turns up several notches with the oddness of Strobe Lights And Loud Noises. Hectic instrumentals and the shoegaze-feel of Pegley’s vocals makes this, albeit a short one, a loveable and welcome track.

Get Lost marks the end of the EP. The track definitely has a very tight alternative-punk sound with Booth’s vocals here being one of my highlights oLife’s A Beach. At moments the track is very comparable to Loser from their debut EP, though this track has definitely shown how fast the band have matured and honed their creative abilities.

The EP also contains a live version of the band’s crowd-pleasing track Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck). This track caused a large stage invasion at the band’s headline show at the BurySOUND Grand Final in March, and the live version is something to be heard!

Life’s A Beach is a defining moment in Tundra’s already memorable history. BurySound winners, supporting Marmozets and now this thoroughly entertaining EP in the bag… Tundra are a band that needs to be heard right this very minute. With Life’s A Beach they’ve cemented themselves as one of the best bands in the East. Watch this space because if this is anything to go by, big things awaits…

Life’s A Beach is available on all streaming services. 

Recorded at Punch Studios.

Catch Tundra at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer on Saturday 5th May and at the Riverwalk Fundraiser on Saturday 16th June, both at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds!

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Track Reviews

Track Review: Heathen – Eye In The Sky

East Anglian band Heathen released their debut original track Eye In The Sky on Friday (19th February) and it’s safe to say it’s epic!

The six-piece group started out as a rock covers band, covering tracks by the legendary likes of Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And after learning this, I feel like this has really helped find their sound since they’ve started writing original tracks.

In 2017, the band started to write original material and have produced an EP called Bite The Bullet which is due for release later in the year.

Eye In The Sky is the lead track from the soon-to-be-released EP, and after listening to this, I can’t wait to hear what else they’ve been working on! A classic rock track with triumphant, passionate vocals, Eye In The Sky is a two and a half minute whirlwind filled with jaw-dropping guitar riffs and brilliantly-honed guitar melodies which really help bring the track together.

A fantastic debut track from Heathen. Touted as “Suffolk’s premier rock covers band” by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, now the band are out for original success. And with this track, they’re off to a winner already!

Buy the track on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/eye-in-the-sky/1331102752?i=1331103734

Heathen band members:
Greg Smith – Lead Vocals
John Turner – Lead Guitar
Steve Smith – Drums
Boli Boland – Bass Guitar
Dave Hetherington – Rhythm Guitar
Jack Turner – Rhythm Guitar

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Heathen are taking part in BurySOUND this year, competing on 9th February in Heat 3 at Haverhill Arts Centre! Kicking off at 6pm and only £5 a ticket! Come along!

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live

Homegrown Festival Showcase @ The Hunter Club

An outstanding night of live music at The Hunter Club proved that East Anglia has some of the most diverse and extraordinary talents in the UK music scene.

The night, hosted by Barrow’s Homegrown Festival, kicked off with Cambridgeshire’s own Tom Lumley. The singer, along with his very own backing band, proved to be the perfect warm-up for the night ahead with his mix of indie-pop packed with electric riffs and anthemic lyrics, a real crowd pleaser. It’s no wonder why he has already supported acts like The Hunna in recent months. Having recently released a new single Just Like The Light and with last night (29th September) being the first date of a tour which covers the length of the UK, there’s no reason why Lumley can’t go on to become an even bigger name in not only East Anglia but nationally. This was his first gig in Bury St Edmunds, and hopefully there is more to come.

Next up to the fold were Ipswich’s Underline The Sky. In a set which was unfortunately marred by technical difficulties, though this was not the fault of the band, they pulled off an excellent set which really got the crowd going. The band have a great back catalogue of music, having released one full=length record and several EPs, and their setlist proved it, rip-roaring their way through their 30 minute slot. Though their own songs were excellent, the ear-catching part of their set was their pop-punk take on Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together, a fantastic cover. Underline The Sky undoubtedly put on a great show, aside from the few problems. The wait for even more new music continues…

Sudbury’s smooth groving Stretch Soul Gang were the next band to showcase their talents, and they totally did. A packed crowd danced their way through an astonishing set from such a unique group, not many people can say they’ve seen a soul/hip-hop/jazz group. No word of a lie, they are possibly one of the best bands I’ve actually seen live… excellent showmanship, inch-perfect falsettos, soothing basslines, and a great set of songs like the tunes Ain’t Got No Money and Sharks at the Wheel prove that Stretch Soul Gang are one of the most promising acts in the East. They had the audience in the palm of their hand, and there’s no doubt that in the not-so-distant future they’ll be entertaining even bigger crowds, and playing even bigger stages.

Last to entertain the packed out venue were Aldeburgh’s Fick As Fieves and they rounded off a superb night of live music with a bang, The trio’s indie rock lifted the room, a very polished performance. The band’s music appears on Spotify’s The Indie List, and it’s no surprise off of the back of this performance with their energetic stage presence, catchy riffs and pounding drums. Having formed only a year ago, it’s fair to say that the trio have come a long way in such a short space of time. The band teased us with new material which sounded just as good as their current work like Label Us and Insomnia. Championed by BBC Introducing Suffolk, they are definitely set for bigger things.

An exciting night showcasing some of the best musical talents in East Anglia. A huge shoutout to the people at Homegrown Festival for organising the event, same again next year?

 

Homegrown Festival 2018 tickets are on sale NOW on the link below!
http://homegrownfest.co.uk/tickets/4592101812