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TMB42 Track of the Year 2018 results

For the past few months, YOU have been voting for your favourite East Anglian track of 2018. Now it’s time to reveal this year’s top ten and winners.

10. The Glitter Shop – Tonic
Grunge-pop trio The Glitter Shop have been making a name for themselves around the region this year with their electric live performances. The soothing harmonies and delicate instrumentals on the high-tempo track makes Tonic easily their best track to date. Catch them at The Smokehouse in Ipswich this Saturday.

9. The Catch – Tie Dye
When Tie Dye was released in February, it signalled a change in The Catch’s musical style. Since then, the teenage trio have captivated everyone with their heavy instrumentals which are at the fore-front of this pulsating track. Big things are expected of The Catch as we head into 2019.

8. The Baskervilles – Blood In My Mouth
The Ipswich music scene is currently thriving with the likes of Bessie Turner dazzling national audiences, but rockers The Baskervilles are currently making waves of their own with the flawlessly catchy Blood In My Mouth. The band recently had the opportunity to play Reading&Leeds this year, and they’ll be looking to build on that next year.

7. Basement Strippers – Blindfold
One of this year’s biggest success stories are the Basement Strippers from Bedford. With the release of their debut EP under their belt, lead track Blindfold is the song that has gained them plaudits with their clever songwriting and heavy rock sounds. The band have since played in various locations such as Bury St Edmunds, St Albans and London with more gigs scheduled for next year already. 

6. Gaffa Tape Sandy – Meat Head
After grabbing the number one spot last year with the triumphant Beehive, Gaffa Tape Sandy returned with an almighty bang in 2018 with the empowering anthem Meat Head. Their rampant style combined with the powerful female vocals on the tracks proves why they’ve played festivals like Latitude, Iceland Airwaves and Truck this year. The trio have  new music on the brink of release and there’s no doubt they’ll be at the top of our list again next year.

5. Pink Lemonade – Space Girl
Another success story from the area this year have been feel-good trio Pink Lemonade. The trio burst onto the scene in the summer with several festival appearances as well as the release of their infectiously popular debut single Space Girl. Their pop-punk sensibilities has captured a lot of people’s attention which has since seen them walk away with an NMG Award. BurySOUND is up next for the girls along with a lot more gigs around the area.

4. Influx of Insanity – Violet
The Cambridgeshire duo have taken the local music scene by storm this year having won BurySOUND and the Cambridge Band Competition at the start of 2018, and also releasing their debut EP in October. The atmospheric guitar riffs and unique vocals makes Violet the best track from the duo so far in what looks to be a very promising few years for the band. We can’t wait to hear what else they have up their sleeves.

THE TOP THREE

The top three have the chance to play one of our ‘The Music Blog 42 Presents…’ nights at The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds in 2019 whenever suits them best! We also had a little chat with each of them!

3. Tundra – Swimming Shorts

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Swimming Shorts is arguably your best song yet, what was the inspiration behind the track?
I (Elliot Booth, bassist) began writing Swimming Shorts in the corner of one of my lessons at college on an acoustic guitar. I’d seen SuperGlu the weekend before for the first time and it somehow inspired me to come up with the intro to the song. It was the easiest song to come up with lyrics for because it just flowed so well. We were all in a gloomy place as it was the end of Winter and we were waiting for summer to come around, so writing an upbeat song for the Summer was a big thing for us and I think we did okay with it. 
Just as we finished writing the song we lost two school friends in a car accident and found an alternate meaning to the song that we hadn’t thought of. We slightly changed some lyrics and it became what it is today.
I think we all want people to listen to the song and think of the happy times, even if right now isn’t so positive, it’s not to say tomorrow won’t be. The song is all about looking forward and seeing something better than now

It’s been an awesome year for Tundra, what would you say has been your highlight of 2018?
Obviously we start with supporting Marmozets (at the Cambridge Junction), especially as it was on my birthday, that was one of the most surreal things I think that has ever happened to us. We didn’t quite understand what was going on until it ended.
Playing the Apex as the BurySound final headliner in March was probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a stage and the invasion was something I’ll keep with me forever! Anyone who came up on stage thank you for making it so awesome! Releasing Life’s A Beach was awesome as it was something that we spent so much time and effort on and listening back to them really makes us so proud because they aren’t half bad. The Bury Fringe All Dayer was mental. It was so much fun and just a massive joke with all the Royal Family masks flying about, it was lovely to warm everyone up for Gaffa Tape Sandy too as well as we hadn’t played with them for over a year! Supporting Pirate Joe at Norwich Arts Centre was also a highlight, the show had sold out a week before which was unheard of for us. It was an amazing gig filled with no one that we knew in a venue that we had never played before which made it so much more amazing! Finally supporting Milk Teeth in Gloucester was great as we hadn’t really ventured much further than London and Norwich but now that we have the taste for it, we want to do it more! However supporting Milk Teeth was awesome and the venue was a sick restaurant in the middle of nowhere which made it that little bit more magical!

After the release of your EP Life’s a Beach in April, do you have any plans on releasing any more music next year?
MUSIC THAT MAY BE COMING OUT NEXT YEAR? We can let the cat out the bag and say that, YES, we will be releasing some more music next year however we don’t know when, but we do have some plans that are in the making and hopefully 2019 will be the year we can get the boat ROCKING!!!! (If anyone knows how we can play at Latitude, that we would be eternally grateful thanks bye)

2. The Fifths – They Should
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2018 has seen the band release four new singles, would you say They Should is your strongest one yet?
They Should was our last single of 2018 and was released alongside Trampoline. We definitely feel that They Should has much more of an up tempo, bouncy feel, especially when compared to our first release Chance It. This has meant that it has always had a warm reception when performed live! We finished our first ever gig with it back in January and since then it has always been one that we’ve kept the audience waiting to hear.

‘They Should’ has drawn comparisons with the likes of Bloc Party and the Arctic Monkeys. Would you say these are inspirations when writing new music?
I can see why you’d say that as this song started (and mostly ended) as a clumsy Banquet rip off! Arctic Monkeys have been my most listened to artist for three years straight (‘Sheffield Indie’ came up on my fourth most listened to genre during my first month of Spotify) so they’ll always play a part even if I were to never listen to them again. I’m not sure about Bloc Party, the stuff we’ve been working on is quite far removed from that now.

You guys are competing in BurySOUND next year, what else have you got planned for 2019?
Without giving too much away, we have definitely got some big plans and goals for 2019 and have already started working towards those. We shall be doing our best to keep the momentum that we have taken from 2018 and build it up further through 2019 with brand new tunes being performed and recorded from January.

THE MUSIC BLOG 42 TRACK OF THE YEAR IS

ENTERLUDE – BRITISH DREAM

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Congratulations on winning Track of the Year with British Dream! What was the songwriting process behind the track?
Thank you! Back in April 2017 we had just started to move on from playing covers and started trying to write songs. The chorus of British Dream were lyrics that I had playing over and over in my head in the shower and then one night I actually decided to have a go at writing the song and putting my ideas down. Most of the structure, lyrics and composition were done in one night (with the help of some alcohol). It is such a basic song, with a really simple progression of only four chords, one verse repeated and a lead guitar riff over the top of it, which was inspired by Mr Brightside by The Killers.

The track has been well-received all around the local music scene, what do you think has made it become such a hit?
The simplicity of it. The pacing makes it really upbeat and strong whereas the lyrics are more sombre and sad making it seem bittersweet. The guitar riff and bass are the real driving forces behind the melody, which is easy to pick up on and remember. With the mixture of a classic rock line up with synthesisers, we like to think gives us a unique sound that you don’t really hear in this day and age especially in East Anglia.

It’s been a strong year for the band having released your debut EP and playing lots of local shows, but what’s been your standout moment from 2018?
Our slot at the Apex at the end of August was great, playing on such a large stage and being treated so professionally was pretty good. We also sold all of our physical copies of our EP which we had just released about a week before digitally so that was amazing. Our set at BurySound Heat One this year was also amazing, despite not getting through we had a sold out audience at the Hunter Club and the energy in the room was huge.

As we all get set to welcome in 2019, what are Enterlude’s plans for next year?
We’re definitely writing more songs over the next few months and should hopefully have a few released early into the year. All of our songs have been recorded on GarageBand in various kitchens and front rooms, so it would be nice to rent out a proper recording space in the future. As four of the five of us are at University at the moment it makes it hard for playing live and rehearsing, but hopefully we can get a few gigs in the Summer and Winter when we’re all together again and settled down a bit. We’ve played the Hunter Club and The Apex, so naturally headlining Glastonbury is next, but if that’s not possible we would love to play at more venues in and around Bury, such as The Constitutional Club, Cambridge and Ipswich.

 

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05/10 – Best In The East Spotify playlist

Here’s our fortnightly update of our ‘Best In The East’ Spotify playlist featuring new releases from the area’s best soloists and bands!

OSCAR CORNEY – WORLD ALIVE
Regarded as one of the area’s brightest talents, singer-songwriter Oscar Corney’s ability to write heartfelt, upbeat tracks was brought to the fore when he released World Alive in mid-September. Taking inspiration from the likes of James Bay and Kings of Leon, Corney’s knack at writing a killer chorus accompanied by really pleasing instrumentals instantly puts this towards the top of our Track of The Year list!

DEEP CITY – PAIN KILLER
Following on from the release of debut EP 15:16 in December last year, the Deep City boys are back with their self-produced track Pain Killer which formed part of their set at the recent NMG Awards. The band’s unique indie sound really takes off on Pain Killer which shows how much Deep City have grown over the past few years. The foursome have some gigs coming up, having recently supported Blaenavon in Cambridge.

THE BASKERVILLES – BLIND AMBITION
Blind Ambition is the latest offering from Ipswich’s The Baskervilles, having previously released the epic Blood In My Mouth earlier this year. 2018 has been a landmark year for the band which has seen them play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds. Their new track is a raw, powerful alternative-rock track that is subtly enhanced with electronic beats. The lads play the last The Music Blog 42 Presents night of the year on 7th December, details on our Facebook page!

RUBBER JAW – FEELING FUNNY
One band who have been raising eyebrows around the area are trio Rubber Jaw. Their long-awaited debut single Feeling Funny is a slow-building rock anthem which really shows off the band’s distinct sound of composed vocals and atmospheric instrumentals Not only did they release this lovely track they have also gifted us with a B-side that is available on streaming platforms and blue vinyl.

WAR WAVES – A LION’S HEAD
The second teaser from the upcoming EP from War Waves is A Lion’s Head. The track follows on from previous track Sleep with hauntingly provoking instrumentals and probing vocal melodies, which has seen their musical style recently be called ‘anxiety-rock’. With the EP release just around the corner, we could be hearing a lot more of War Waves going into early next year! They headline the Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds on 12th October!

THE FIFTHS – THEY SHOULD
With new releases coming thick and fast and gigs around Cambridgeshire every weekend, it’s a known fact that The Fifths are one of the most promising young bands in the region. Inspiration comes from 00’s indie rock in their new Bloc Party-esque belter They Should, with looping guitar riffs and simple catchy lyrics really hitting the spot. The band are in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 2nd November at The Apex’s 545 night!

GOLDBLUME – HUSK
With the release of their debut album fast approaching, loveable alternative trio Goldblume have released lead track Husk. Their latest track shows off a style which not only is hard to pin down but really proves why Goldblume are one of Cambridge’s finest bands. The math-rock introduction, the alternative chorus and progressive-rock breakdown transitions into Goldblume’s best track to date.

PINK LEMONADE – SPACE GIRL
After taking home the Audience Choice gong at the recent NMG Awards, the Pink Lemonade girls are on to a winner with their debut single Space Girl, a fun and adventurous pop-punk singalong. As soon as the track starts, the infectious instrumentals and passionate vocals makes it an instantly-likeable debut. With a new single on the way and 2019 gigs already in the works, Pink Lemonade are on the rise!.

 

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Best Of The Rest: The Releases We’ve Missed

It’s been a busy summer for us at The Music Blog 42, and we’ve missed a lot of new music! So here’s our condensed look at some of our favourite tracks of the summer!

Among The Citizens – Words Mean Nothing
After the release of Mess In The Head in May and several gigs, one of the hottest talents in the area Among The Citizens returned in late June with the indie-pop blockbuster Words Mean Nothing. With some funky instrumentals and in-your-face vocals, the band have proven why they are tipped for big things. This is easily one of our favourite tracks of this year.

BAILEY – Change
Change, the new single from ‘elevating-pop’ soloist BAILEY, is a great feel-good track with lyrics that’ll be stuck in your head for weeks. His debut single The Future was an instantly likeable number, and with Change he connects with his fans in producing a track with honest and relatable lyrics, leaving us wanting even more new music. And believe me, more new singles are on its way.

Franko Fraize (ft. Tone) – Let It Out
If you were on the lookout for a track perfect for your summer playlists, then Franko Fraize’s new track is just the one for you. Let It Out is the first release from Franko since 2017’s Side By Side, and this new track is just as good. The UK House-style instrumentals hook up well with Franko’s rapid rap verses and Tone’s chilled vocals. An EP is on its way towards the end of the year!

Anthony Rubery – Your Side
Another artist who released an awesome summer track is Cambridgeshire’s Anthony Rubery, with Your Side showing off a unique marimba-pop sound. This is arguably one of his best tracks with his sleek vocals really shining through on a track which stands out against Cambridge’s rock-heavy scene. 2018 has been a breakout year for Rubery, and more is still to come.

War Waves – Sleep
The comeback single from War Waves is a heavily emotive track with soul-bearing lyrics and a sense of maturity from a band who are at the top of their game. Their new EP Be Well is out towards the end of the year, and Sleep is a track that signals War Waves are going to be one of the most talked about bands of 2019. After their last two albums, we are expecting big things.

The Fifths – Chance It
After months of gigging and recording, The Fifths finally released their debut single in mid-July called Chance It. The track is a really bold statement from the band who have been making aname for themselves from their high-energy live shows and radio appearances on HCR FM and Cambridge 105. And with a new track set to be released in the coming weeks, The Fifths are set for a great end to the year.

 On SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST, we are holding our first gig night at The Constitutional Club with psych-rockers Sun Scream headlining, with support from BurySOUND winners Influx of Insanity, loud rock duo KULK and Cambridge’s hottest prospects God Hates Astronauts! Music starts from 7pm, £5 on the door!

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May’s The Fiver @ Cambridge Junction

May’s edition of the long-running The Fiver night saw six bands play awesome sets at the Cambridge Junction.

Haverhill’s The Fifths kicked off the night with a highly commendable set, with each member brimming with confidence throughout. Not only did they play a cover or two, the band played some great original tracks like Chance It and They Should which are on their Soundcloud. Their set was definitely one of the highlights of the night, and for a band that formed only six months ago, the future looks bright for them.

The Islas, from Norwich, were up next, a band who were playing their first ever show in Cambridge. The four-piece indie band played an energetic 30-minute set full of cheeky crowd interaction and some really nice indie-rock tracks, notably their recently released debut single A Generation To Forget. An EP is set for release in the near future, an exciting prospect on the basis of their performance.

It’s fair to say that Among The Citizens are the most exciting band to have come out of Peterborough for a while now. Their awesome new single Mess In The Head closed their set, which included tracks from their 2017 EP Unlearn You, mixing in intricate guitar melodies with more electronic-based sounds. The band have a fair amount of gigs coming up, including a slot at Homegrown Festival on 9th June.

Oscar Corney was up next with a really pleasing set. His inch-perfect vocals were brilliantly complimented by his backing band as they played some great memorable tracks from his previous EP’s like Be Someone and Your Fool. Corney has had a great start to 2018 reaching the final of the Cambridge Band Competition, and with new music hopefully on the way, the year could get even better for him.

With The Junction swarmed by his passionate fans, it’s fair to say Woodley Taylor put on a show with his 30 minute set. His classic rock-inspired tracks like Smoking At Midnight and Runaway showed off his soulful vocals and talented backing band. Taylor closed his set with Breathe A Little Deeper, with the audience chanting back every word to the very professional soloist. A really enjoyable set.

The last act on were The Mojo Slide, a blues rock band from Cambridge. The band formed in 2011 and their experience showed as they put in a great performance, with some catchy tracks from their 2015 album Twist Your Bones, and some smooth guitar riffs really connecting with the crowd. The Mojo Slide also have a lot of live shows coming up, all information is on their Facebook page.

The next Fiver is 15th June featuring Cambridge Band Competition winners Influx of Insanity!