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Track Review: Influx of Insanity – Season of Mist

The all-conquering duo Influx of Insanity are back with the euphoric Season of Mist.

2018 has been a breakout year for duo Oli Brown and Dom Howard having won BurySOUND 2018 and the Cambridge Band Competition, as well as playing Homegrown Festival, various Junction Fiver nights and our first ever gig night at the Constitutional Club.

Season of Mist is the lead track from their upcoming EP, which follows on from their unique brand of progressive rock which has wowed audiences around the region.

The atmospheric guitar riffs and the intense, hammering vocals on the track makes this a profound listening experience which heightens especially at the tracks chorus where everything cascades into an astonishing wall of noise.

Influx of Insanity are on to a winner with this track, and with the EP release imminent, it’s clear that not only are they here for the long haul, but they’re the most exciting young band in the area.

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Track Review: The Glitter Shop – Moon

The Glitter Shop are well and truly back in business with the release of their third single Moon.

The release of new music comes off the back of their well-received debut Fizz in 2017, and the soothing Sleep, but with Moon we hear a completely different side to the band who prove time and time again why they are one of the most talked-about bands in the region.

The track is a slow burner, starting off with isolated piano chords and frontman Harry Dale’s vulnerable vocals, which slowly transcends into a raucous barrage of guitar riffs, bass licks and pleasant backing vocals, an addictive ending which makes you instantly want a whole lot more.

The band have recently supported upcoming Brighton band THYLA, and have played in various other venues around the region, honing their live performances which includes all of the tracks that they’ve released thus far.

When it comes to our Track of the Year list towards the end of the year, you’ll be sure to see Moon towards the top… an inspiring track which really hits home.

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Track Review: Enterlude – British Dream

If you were looking for a fresh new indie-pop band capable of writing absolutely huge tracks then Enterlude are the band for you.

After releasing debut single Hurt Yourself only a few weeks ago, which has a tinge of Kasabian mixed in with 80’s synth-pop, the band are unexpectedly back with the bloody awesome British Dream.

British Dream starts off with with a simple drum rhythm which then explodes into jittery guitar riffs and insanely good synths which pulsate throughout the track, combining well with the confidently-delivered lead vocals that will be stuck in your head for the next few days or even weeks!

The track is already one of our favourites of the year so far, and with various live dates coming up around Bury St Edmunds over the next few months, Enterlude can only get bigger from here on in.

Let’s hope they release another track as soon as possible!

British Dream is out now on all platforms.

Catch Enterlude at the Bury Fringe All Dayer on Saturday 5th May at The Hunter Club, their set time is 3:30!

They are also supporting the magnificent Bessie Turner on Saturday 7th July at the same venue!

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Track Review: The Green Brothers – Something To Lose

Alternative-punk trio The Green Brothers have finally released their debut single Something To Lose and it’s a really great introduction to the band.

The trio have previously released tracks on SoundCloud however this is the first track available on all platforms, and it’s a track well worthy of that status.

Something To Lose opens with a belter of an introduction with a super bass solo accompanied by thrashing drums straight before the high-tempo laid-back vocals kick in. The song follows this same pattern throughout to great effect which leads into ferocious instrumentals towards the end of the track.

The Green Brothers have been playing a lot of shows recently, notably at The Cambridge Junction’s Fiver nights supporting Gaffa Tape Sandy and The Lost Volts and in venues around London.

2018 looks to be a good year for the band, with their aim being to gig as much as possible and to release moe tracks throughout the coming months!

Something To Lose is a real statement of intent from The Green Brothers, it’s available on all platforms, and the music video is available on their Facebook page!

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Track Review: Polly Haynes – I’m Fine

Essex-based singer Polly Haynes released her debut single on Friday (30th March) and it’s fair to say it’s a great track.

Haynes has been on the local scene for a while now, having reached the UK Open Mic finals and played countless gigs around the region.

Her debut EP is set for release at some point over the year, and off the back of her debut single I’m Fine, it’s set to be one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

The jazz-inspired instrumentals which opens I’m Fine sets the scene to what is a very artistic track, complimented by the unique but powerful vocals by Haynes that takes the track to new heights, as well as the electric guitar riff which is a joy to be heard as the song progresses.

As soon as we hear word on when the EP is out we’ll give you details, but for now, enjoy this track because not only is it incredibly brilliant, it shows that Haynes is definitely a talent to keep an eye out for for the rest of the year.

I’m Fine is the new single from Polly Haynes. Available on all streaming platforms and iTunes.

She also helps run promotions company ‘Pink Shed’ with partner Tom Eyers. Check out their Facebook page: @pinksheduk

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Track Review: Paint Nothing – You Can’t See Me

We’re so so pleased to premiere the new Paint Nothing track You Can’t See Me, easily one of our songs of the year so far.

Paint Nothing are a relatively new band on the local scene, hailing from Cambridge. This is the latest venture from many of the band members who were part of the recently-defunct band xBomb Factory.

You Can’t See Me is a terrifyingly intimidating track which is about ‘the unhealthy relationship between the people on either side of the screen’.

The instrumentals set up the meaning of the song well, especially the staccato guitars to open the track which really connects with frontman Jack’s roaring vocals. The guitars swarm the track throughout, as does the stabbing drums which make this easily one of our songs of the year.

The band have previously released a limited edition EP but this is the first track available on all streaming services. They’ve also played with the likes of IDLES, one of the best post-punk bands around at the moment.

You Can’t See Me is an epic of a track for a debut. For this to be their first track proves that they have enormous potential, and with an album on the way later this year, expect to hear more and more from Cambridge’s new post-punk heroes.

You Can’t See Me is officially out on 23rd March (tomorrow).

Check out their website: http://www.paintnothing.co.uk for all the latest news from the band and for their social media links!

Upcoming gigs: 6th April at The Blue Moon, Cambridge

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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!

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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!