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Track Review: Tundra – You’re Welcome

Sudbury’s favourite surf-punk trio Tundra have turned a new chapter in their already hit-filled back catalogue with their new track You’re Welcome.

After the release of the Record Store Day-endorsed single Navy Red in April, the trio are back with another more mature and polished-sounding track to what we’ve heard before from the former BurySOUND winners.

The band have clearly spent time perfecting their songwriting skills over the past few months and it has paid off with some really great verses, and the instantly catchy ‘I Don’t Like You’ hook towards the end of the track which still stay in your head for the next month. This isn’t only their best track yet, this is easily one of the best local tracks released this year.

It’s exciting times for Tundra towards the end of the year with a return trip to Wales pencilled in as well as more headline shows around Suffolk. And if they keep up the good work maybe their dream of playing Latitude could become a reality.

You’re Welcome is available on all streaming platforms.

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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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Riverwalk Fundraiser @ The Hunter Club

A headline set from Tundra topped off an incredible night of live music at The Hunter Club on Saturday (16th June) night.

Mouse-Drawn Cart opened the evening in front of a relatively strong crowd, mesmerising the audiences with their charming acoustic sounds, a perfect way to kick off what was to be a heavy evening. Another band who made their Hunter Club debut were Manic Blackout, a five-piece rock band who have links to Riverwalk School. Having previously been a covers band, the band played a full set of original tracks which sounded pretty awesome, a very confident performance from them.

Colchester’s PET NEEDS were up next with their punk sound, captivating the audience with their hilarious anecdotes of botched alcohol kegs and ‘hippie’ women at a Canterbury festival. They played tracks off of their two EP’s, notably the cracking Punk Isn’t Dead It’s Just Up For Sale and Dallas. This was the band’s third time playing in Bury St Edmunds, let’s hope they’ll be a fourth pretty quickly!

After a few months away from the Bury gig scene, KYANOS were back with a bang with their chilled psych-jazz in front of a now-packed room. The band are still teasing a release of a new EP which is so eagerly anticipated, and once again they played songs from it like Sunrise and Lost In Blue alongside usual favourites Thunder In Japan and So High.

Undoubtedly one of the most popular bands in the area are Thy Last Drop and their performance had the whole room dancing along to their unique brand of ‘carnival punk’, with scenes not seen like this since the last visit of Dingus Khan in February. 18 Witches and The Drop had everyone moving, accompanied by the band’s great showmanship and the notorious ‘Bearded Lady’ roaming around the room getting everyone in the spirit to dance.

Headliners Tundra are no strangers of playing big shows, having supported Marmozets a matter of months ago, and tonight proved why are they one of the most sought-after bands in the region. Having released their second EP Life’s A Beach a few weeks ago, their setlist largely centred around tracks from it like the pulsating Walking Stick and the Sudbury-referencing Get Lost.

Before closing the set with the god-like Vacation (Cheer Up Chuck), local legend Seymour Quigley, and guitarist Sam Allen, joined the trio in playing a special tribute to Riverwalk teacher James Brooke who sadly died in a skydiving accident weeks ago. A passionate performance of Deaf Havana’s Mildred followed which will definitely live long in the memory for all involved with the school and who went along on Saturday.

Saturday night saw Washing Machine raise over £1,000 for Riverwalk’s new Rebound Therapy programme, which was being co-ordianted by James Brooke. A fantastic achievement for all involved!

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Bury Fringe All-Dayer 2018 @ The Hunter Club, BSE

An incredible array of talent was on display at The Hunter Club yesterday (Saturday 5th May) for the 7th annual Bury Fringe All-Dayer, headlined by the rampant Gaffa Tape Sandy.

The day was brilliantly started with bands from Queens Road Rock School, Queen Dogs showed vast confidence beyond the years playing covers of One Way or Another and a great cover of Transmission by Joy Division, whilst The Daze played some original tracks alongside covers of Use Somebody and Blitzkrieg Bop. Both bands went down really well with the crows, and it really was a great way to kick off the day.

Opening The Magic Carpet Stage was rising star Noah Evans, another performer in the same age range as the bands before, but still showing off his incredible talents playing tracks from his debut EP See It Through which is now on Spotify. These three acts really shows that the Bury St Edmunds area is abundant with young talent, and it’s so promising to see this!

Going back to the Main Hall, alt-rocker Sophie Mahon and her backing band wowed the crowd with a truly awesome 80’s influenced-set featuring crowd favourite 2bf which is a really really brilliant track. Turning 180 degrees, it was then Blue Mean Eyes turn to shine and they certainly did. Tearing through tracks like Brixton Shrug, the trio proved during their set that they are set for big things, especially considering that they have new music on it’s way!

Enterlude brought their indie-synth sound to the Washing Machine stage, playing the phenomenal tracks Hurt Yourself and British Dream whilst also showing off new track Dancing With The Devil. With a support slot for Bessie Turner coming up for the band, they’ll just get better and better. After their set, Cambridge’s Lemondaze played a blinder of a set, with their stunning shoegaze sound really connecting with the large crowd. They are definitely a band to keep an eye out for, really promising stuff!

Our first visit to the Rock Against Racism Stage, run by Toonteen’s Joe Weaver, saw us see the brilliant BAILEY. Starting his set with his debut single The Future, his elevating-pop sound really shone through as his set went on, he has new tracks on the way and we can’t wait to hear them. Next up on stage was the delightful Matt Hammond who was a really interesting act to watch. It was lovely to sit and admire his guitar work, his intricate guitar melodies were truly impressive, especially during the wonderful Skylines.

A late replacement after the Interesting Times Gang sadly pulled out, KULK played two sets during the day. Heavy rock is their speciality, especially when they’re playing the bloody insane tracks Fix Me and Toxic. Every time I see these, they just get better and better, and to get that sound from only two people is just jaw-dropping! After seeing them support DRUIDS in January, it was really nice to see Stealing Signs back with their sweet alternative rock, playing one of my personal favourite local tracks You Will Be and many more. Every time these lads perform they put on a great show, we can’t wait to see them at Homegrown Festival!

Rounding off the first half of the all-dayer were the wonderful trio of The Glitter Shop. They may have only played a handful of gigs together since forming, but as soon as they stepped on stage, you would have thought they would have been playing together for years. Not only do their studio releases Fizz and Sleep sound great live, the other tracks on their set like Throwing Apples and Call The Bank topped off with their frantic energy on stage proves why they are one of the most exciting bands to have come out of the local scene in years.

After a much-needed food break, Kelodown and their hard rock sound really got the crowd moving proving why they made to the final of BurySound this year. With more gigs under their belt, the band will get even better, especially if they write tracks as good as Carpet Burn and Occupational HazardThe Baby Seals made their Hunter Club debut with a formidable set filled with really fun tracks with bonkers names like My Labia Is Lopsided But I Don’t Mind and Nipple Hair. Hopefully they play there again soon, because they were ace!

Playing before the headliners on the Rock Against Racism stage were The Catch with one  of the best sets of the entire day. Their new tracks sound really really impressive especially the thumping Can You Feel It? and Hindsight, which really compliment the rest of their packed set which include crowd favourite Tie Dye and new single Sort It Out. Quality as always from one of the best bands in Bury.

SIAH played a long over-due set on Chris’s Stage, with their post-punk hits Susie Smokes and A French Girl sounding really great as always. Let’s hope that they release some new music before the year is out because it’s desperately needed! Fresh off the back of a European tour, Fightmilk were another band returning to the Hunter Club with their epic pop-punk tracks like Pity Party, making the release of their debut album hotly anticipated!

Co-headlining the Rock Against Racism Stage were indie-rock legends The Baskervilles. The band have recently released new track Blood In My Mouth which sounds truly majestic live, alongside their set-opener Kalashnikov and all-round belter Death Of A Pop Song. We really can’t wait to hear what the foursome release next because they’re one of the best indie rock groups around locally. The other band co-headlining the RAR stage were 2017 BurySOUND finalists Goldblume, a commanding set from the god-like trio who played Razor, from their RSD vinyl release, which sounded utterly sublime. Their bold stage presence was a joy to watch and was the perfect way to close the stage. Two real highlights of the day.

After releasing their second EP Life’s A Beach only last week, Tundra brought the summer vibes to Chris’s Stage with their glorious surf-punk sounds. They played the EP in full with Walking Stick and Swimming Shorts sounding absolutely huge with their awesome riffs and thundering drums. It’s no doubt that Tundra are a ‘live band’, and when it comes to playing their trademark song Vacation, you know that the crowd are going to go absolutely mental. And they certainly did. A really memorable set that led into the overall headliners set impeccably.

So, now onto the last act of the night, the absolutely AMAZING Gaffa Tape Sandy. The band had already played in Leeds earlier on in the day, but they saved their A-game for their hometown crowd bursting into the frantic Transylvania and the snappy Water Bottle with moshpits already forming in the packed crowd. The trio played a mix of old and new with the well-received Smart Dressed Guy and L’Appel du Vide still sounding so exciting and fresh. New tracks Turnstile and Meathead went down a treat with the crowd too, with the fun instrumentals and perfect vocals really packing a punch, the latter is being released soon, WATCH THIS SPACE! And by the way Manager is still class, probably the most underrated track from their debut EP Spring Killing. They closed their set with the ever-present Beehive, inviting the absolute legend Seymour Quigley to crowd surf whilst they played it. With several festival dates this summer lined up, there’s no doubt that they are one of the most exciting bands in the UK at the moment. Go and see them if you ever have the chance!

Well done to all the acts who played yesterday! Special shout out to Substation, Rosa, Alicia Hall, Robert C Taylor, Ben Pegley, Phoebe Austin and Grandma’s Waffle Velocity too!

Thanks to everyone involved for putting on a great event!

Written by Marc Manning                Graphics by Guy Rodwell

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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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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 Review: Tundra – Swimming Shorts

One of the Bury St Edmunds music scene’s most exciting bands get set to release their EP Life’s A Beach on April 27th and the first single from it comes in the form of Swimming Shorts and it is quite frankly a tune of the highest quality.

Getting straight to it, if this track is an indicator of the overall quality we’ll be getting across the whole EP then its gonna be without a doubt one of the stand out releases this year.

The intro to the song consists of clean guitar lines, a laid back and groovy drum beat and spacey vocal melodies that give off a real anthemic and sing-along vibe. This opening section see’s the band construct a perfect precursor to the whole song as what follows is a pause from the band, a four count and then the pacy and punchy verse kicks right in. The vocal melodies continue throughout the verse as the whole band swing their way through top class chord progression right before they break things down and go back to the clean guitar work and drum beat of the intro.

This time the intro is used again but as a build up to the last part of the song as the guitar and drum work gather more and more energy throughout this part. On top of that there’s an awesome vocal trade off between the bands two vocalists that really showcases superbly the qualities of both their voices. Once they reach the end of this part the band release an almighty crescendo as the chord progressions are backed by a heavily distorted guitar, some highly energetic drumming and superb bass playing. A world class way to finish a world class track.

Every band member is putting in performances of the highest level here and when those performances join forces, you get something truly special and something truly special is exactly what Swimming Shorts is!

If you’re somehow not already extremely excited about Tundra’s forthcoming EP then this track is certainly gonna change that for the better.

TUNDRA’S EP LIFE’S A BEACH IS OUT ON 27TH APRIL. CHECK OUT OUR EP REVIEW ON RELEASE DATE!

Review by Joel Richardson