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Track Review: Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison – Chardonnay

After a memorable start to the year already, Cambridgeshire-based frontman Tom Lumley is back with his awesome new single Chardonnay (via North Acre Records)

Chardonnay is the debut single from Lumley and his ever-present backing band ‘The Brave Liaison’. After touring with the band for a few years, the former singer-songwriter decided to make them a mainstay in his work as “their personality and performances have massively contributed to our popularity.”

The track is in the same vein as previous single Modern Age showcasing his instantly recognisable vocals over incredibly-tight guitar work and heavy riffs. This is a sound that the band have been developing over the past year and it is well and truly paying off.

As well as being an alternative-rock anthem, it’s also a stark warning to people about the dangers of alcoholism and depression. Lumley hopes this track is a reminder to people that anyone could be going through these problems, and it’s important to reach out to others going through similar issues.

To help promote the new single, the band have been touring up and down the country over the past week culminating in a sold-out hometown show and a trip to the Camden Monarch, alongside several festival appearances this summer including Tramlines.

Off the back of this and his past few singles, it seems like there is no stopping Tom Lumley and The Brave Liaison. The future looks bright…

Written by Marc Manning


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August’s 545 @ The Apex

The second instalment of this year’s 545 events at The Apex saw stellar sets from Golden Bantic, Kelodown, Saving Scarlett, Enterlude and headliner Tom Lumley.

Golden Bantic opened the night in front of a great crowd who really related to their infectious indie-pop tracks. Gecko and Pink were the standout tracks from an enjoyable setlist. Tonight was the first time they’d played Bury St Edmunds, and off the back of this performance and with increasing popularity in Cambridgeshire, we’ll definitely be seeing them again.

After owning the Apex stage in March, BurySOUND finalists Kelodown returned with another very confident hard rock performance full of energy and power. Alongside the usual crowd favourites Electric Mountain Blues and Carpet Burn were new tracks which will be released sometime soon. The band play The Hunter Club on 20th October, so get down and see them.

After the hard rock of Kelodown, Saving Scarlett kept the night rolling with their brand of rock tinged with hints of pop punk. The band released their debut album last year which is a really great piece of work, and tonight’s performance showcased their music to a new audience with By My Side and Wild Creatures really going down well with the strong crowd.

Since forming last year, Enterlude have gone from strength to strength and tonight’s performance proved why they are one of the most hotly-tipped bands around. Starting their set with Hurt Yourself, the band went on to play more of the indie-electro tunes from their debut self-titled EP like Ruins and Happy Being Miserable. Enterlude also premiered new music with Thinking Of You Too sounding so special on the big stage. British Dream closed their triumphant set, one of the best we’ve seen this year.

One of Cambridgeshire’s finest talents headlined the evening, and when Tom Lumley and his band get up on stage you know you’re going to get entertained. Lumley captivated the crowd from the off with his scintillating indie-rock. The set featured some of his older ‘soppy’ tracks from his Dream City EP like Running For Our Lives and Done My Time, but also showed off some of his newest tracks with Skyhigh and Crawling really proving that he’s left his singer-songwriter days behind him. Closing the set with one of our favourite tracks from 2017, Just Like The Light was a ferocious affair culminating in Lumley jumping the barrier and playing alongside an energetic crowd. An awesome set from a man who gets better and better.

The next 545 is on Friday 2nd November at 7pm headlined by CONNOR ADAMS, with support from LOST LUNGS, ALTER THE SKY, LUNAR ECHOES AND THE FIFTHS!

We are putting on our second gig on Friday 12th October at The Constitutional Club in Bury St Edmunds headlined by WAR WAVES with support from THE ISLAS, BASEMENT STRIPPERS and more to be confirmed!

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Track Review: Tom Lumley – Crawling

One of Cambridge’s finest indie talents Tom Lumley is back with an almighty bang with his snarling new track Crawling.

With the track being teased for an imminent release during his Homegrown Festival set last month, Lumley surprisingly released Crawling last Friday (29th June) ahead of his homecoming show in Cambridge the same night.

The track is a whole lot different to anything that he has released so far, when comparing it to his 2017 debut EP Dream City and recent singles Just Like The Light and Skyhigh.

Crawling has an indie rock edge to it, a change in pace to his previous works, which sees Lumley’s vocals become a lot more rapid and impassioned, alongside instrumentals that pack a humongous punch.

His last release Skyhigh was a dreamy indie-pop summer banger, but with Crawling we see a more rebellious side to Lumley. Without a doubt, this is Tom Lumley at his best.

Catch Tom and his band at Truck Festival next weekend, or at The Apex on 31st August.

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Highlights of Homegrown Festival 2018

After two brilliant days at Homegrown Festival 2018, here’s our highlights of the brilliant weekend, although all of the bands were awesome!

The first act we saw at the Festival was the underrated talent Connor Adams. Hailing from  Ipswich, he released his first EP only a few weeks ago, and the songs from this sound pretty awesome live especially the title track Open My Eyes. Alongside the new tracks was an inspiring cover of The Chain by Fleetwood Mac which really set the tone of the weekend! A really great set to open up the festival.

Making their debut at Homegrown Festival were young duo Influx of Insanity, bringing their heavy prog-rock to the fields of Barrow. It’s been a phenomenal few months for Dom and Oli, having won BurySOUND and Cambridge Band Competition, and starting to recording new music for their upcoming EP. A slight change to their set list paid off with tracks like Scaffolded Minds and Envious Souls sounding better than ever.

Tom Lumley played his first of many festivals this summer, having confirmed a slot at Truck Festival a few days previously. Lumley has a knack of writing anthemic indie bangers, and his last single Skyhigh is one of many on his packed setlist. One of the highlights of the weekend was his passionate performance of yet-to-be released track Crawling, a track which shows off a heavier side to Lumley’s music but also proves that he is still one to watch in the Cambridge area.

After playing The Apex the night before, The Catch dropped in and played a stormer of a set featuring old favourites like Artist and Effort, but it’s the rock-influenced Sort It Out and fast-paced fan favourite Tie Dye that went down really well with the Saturday afternoon audience. The trio also played a few new tunes which you can expect to hear real soon. They play Cambridge Junction tomorrow night (15th June), be there!

Among The Citizens were another band who played at The Apex the night before, and here they delivered a set which proves why they are highly thought of in the region. Tracks like Curved Lips and Needy not only shows off the band’s versatility in their styles, but makes their set list even more varied alongside the heavier, guitar-driven tracks like their brilliant new single Mess In The Head.

Having seem them at the Bury Fringe All-Dayer, we were excited to see Blue Mean Eyes  and they definitely didn’t disappoint. They played songs from their 2017 EP Through The Mill like Brixton Shrug and our favourite Escapade whilst also teasing new material. After several line-up changes it seems like the trio have finally settled as a band, and it’s exciting to see how their sound develops over the following year.

One band who always goes down well with a crowd wherever they play are the psychedelic quarter KYANOS. Having won BurySOUND’s Rising Star award, they were given an early evening set which showed off their talents playing smooth instrumental tracks and the usual crowd pleasers like Thunder In Japan and So High. The band also teased new music to be released soon in the form of an EP, more news when we get it!

One of several artists at Homegrown who we hadn’t seen before was young rising star Gabby Rivers, and after this showing we can’t wait to see her again. Not only does she write some really awesome original tracks, Gabby also played some enjoyable covers like Portugal, The Man’s Feel It Still and Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over which had the crowd singing along. An inspiring talent at only 15 years old, definitely one to watch.

When it comes to energetic indie rock tunes, Fick As Fieves are the pick of the bunch. Deservedly, they co-headlined The Coastline Stage with an impressive light show throughout their fast-paced, catchy set. A moshpit formed in the crowd when the trio played tracks like English Weather and Wasteman, whilst new tracks from their debut EP Drift End like COL and Outstayed prove why they are one of the region’s finest live bands.  More new music could be on its way to your ears by the end of the year, watch this space!

Saturday’s epic day of music was closed by the funk-soul legends Stretch Soul Gang. Their epic hour-long set was full of original classics which made the whole field have a dance. Opening their set with latest single Open Up Your Eyes, the Gang kicked in to gear with their next single Hit The Deck, fun groover Poncho Villa and the always outstanding Sharks At The Wheel. One of our highlights of the whole festival was the performance of Ungrateful which featured a rare live outing from soul singer Steven Bamidele whose vocals complimented the flawless falsettos on the track. They closed their set on debut single Ain’t Got No Money, followed by a fireworks display to round off the day. Let’s hope they get invited back for the third year running next year!

We had a great time at our first Homegrown Festival, and we want to thank the organisers (especially Sara!) for their support, and for putting on an awesome weekend!

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Track Review: Tom Lumley – Skyhigh

Tom Lumley’s new track Skyhigh, released on the 15th March, is without a doubt one of the best tracks from the Cambridgeshire frontman.

Following on from the release of 2017’s huge indie-rock banger Just Like The Light, Lumley is back on top form once again with a track that will leave you wanting more and more.

The track’s chorus is bound to get stuck in your head from the first listen, as is the infectious guitar riff which flows through the track from the get-go, the St-Ives based singer is really on to a winner with Skyhigh.

His trademark raspy vocals give his tracks a rougher, gritty edge which is something what is rarely heard of now within the indie rock scene, the frontman nails it in every single one of his releases so far.

Before the track’s release last Thursday (15th March), Lumley and his band toured the UK with dates in cities like Sheffield and Manchester, rounding off with a sell-out show at Cambridge’s Portland Arms.

Selling out the Portland Arms is just one of his career highlights so far, having supported The Hunna at Cambridge Junction last April and playing various festivals in 2017.

Tom Lumley is on to bigger things now, and Skyhigh is most definitely his statement of intent. He’s soaring at the moment, and he’s definitely one to watch.

SKYHIGH is out on iTunes and all streaming services now!

For the latest news from Tom, check out his Facebook /TomLumleyMusic and Twitter @TomLumleyMusic!