Established in 1998, BurySOUND is one of East Anglia’s best-known and longest-running band competitions, endeavouring to discover, nurture and promote up and coming musical talent.
The competition is open to young bands and artists based in and around the West Suffolk area. All genres are welcome. There is no upper age limit, but priority is given to younger entrants.
Some of the acts in this year’s event have got in touch with R*E*P*E*A*T, so we thought we’d tell you a little about them in their own words.
Phoebe Austin is a 15yr old Singer Songwriter from Sudbury in Suffolk who has been gigging solo since the age of 9. She has released 3 singles so far with Shlepp Records and hopes to showcase her best and proudest material to date at this years BurySound competition with her brilliant band behind her.
THE DAZE are an Angst band formed in May 2017 at Queens Road Studio. The original members include lead vocalist Albert and drummer Dylan (whom the band was named after due to the ‘Dylan Daze’) In May 2018, guitarist and vocalist Flo joined and the band developed a new dynamic with Albert and Flo switching roles, song dependent. Then guitarist Toby joined spring 2019 and deepening the sound with his bass is Ulas, who has joined January 2020.
The Daze have just released their EP “Stares like Stone” which came 4th in the top EPs released in East Anglia in 2019.
The band are renowned for entertaining the crowd with their high energy stage presence, swapping of singers and musicians and their short, sharp, catchy numbers all concluded with a massive, mad, drum, solo by Dylan.
Far From Refuge
Eagerly looking forward to taking BurySOUND 2020 by storm, the boys of Far From Refuge have been refining their unique blend of melodic metal, delivering captivating compositions that entwine intricate guitars with antagonistic vocals to underpin engrossing commentary from the human condition to tales of cosmic interlopers, and everything in between.
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Periphery, Linkin Park and TesseracT, among many others, the band are carving their own path in the modern metal scene. The fruits of their labour were first revealed to the world in 2018 in the form of 3 singles, along with a music video. In February of 2019, their eponymous debut EP was released to critical acclaim, followed by two more music videos and another single.2020 looks to be even busier for Far From Refuge, with an intense release pipeline of new songs & music videos, complemented by a schedule of concert slots where, as usual, their neck wrenchingly energetic, yet resoundingly melodious live performances will thrill audiences even farther away from their hometown of Cambridge.Leon O’Leary
Leon O’Leary is an indie-folk singer-songwriter from the Suffolk Coast in England, growing up surrounded by pine forests and the wildness of the Suffolk coast at his doorstep. The kind of environment that often helps to create and nurture the very best of British and Irish singers and songwriters, grounded by melodic truth and the beauty that surrounds them. He writes and plays with the depth and passion of a much older soul, his Celtic origins can clearly be heard in his music, giving an insight on his attempts to make sense of the world, and a young man’s discovery of love and loss, with the influences of Sam Fender, Damien Rice, Ben Howard, James Bay and Springsteen resonating in his performances. He has performed at many venues in East Anglia including Latitude, Bardfest, Wild Paths, Ipswich Sound City, The Norwich Waterfront Studio, The Norwich Arts Centre, The Portland Arms and numerous festivals. Leon has had tracks played on BBC Introducing Suffolk and is part of The Sonic Youths Program in Norwich, representing them and The Norwich Arts Centre at festivals around Norwich.
‘There was a lovely filmic quality to O’Leary’s set. Reminiscent of Damien Rice at times, it was a solid performance, with haunting melodies, distinctive vocals and strong harmonies…’ – Eastern Daily Press at Norwich Waterfront Studio.
Matt Reaction is a one-man person from Suffolk. He was formed in 1975 and lost his common sense when it rolled under the Pick ‘n’ Mix in Woolworths. His ever-expanding repertoire includes original songs about Viagra, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Donald Trump, antiracism, antihomophobia, local music legend Seymour Quigley, wannabe gangsters, one night stands in Cortinas, late uncles, dire A14 drivers and the excellent breakcore artist Venetian Snares. Matt has yet to experience pregnancy.
I make electronic music inspired by the tracks of deadmau5, Daft Punk and many more.
The Name Loading project was meant to be a temporary alias before it just happened to make sense with what music i was making and I’ve gone by the title ever since.
My ultimate goal is to make people happy with my music and make them smile
SUBSTATION are an indie rock band formed at Queens Road Studio in June 2017. The original members include lead vocalist Lily, guitarist and backing vocalist Jack and drummer Isaac. September 2018, bass player Harry joined and the band developed a new stronger sound which has been developed further when Cameron joined in April 2019.
In the past 12 months SubStation have written and developed a prolific range of songs.Their EP ‘The Yellow One was released in November 2019 0n QRS Records and In December 2019 they were in the BBC Introducing studio where they were interviewed, played 3 of their tracks and competed against the BBC team and Horse Party in the Christmas special. SubStation were also voted 2nd in a poll of the best EPs in East Anglia 2019. A pretty good year!
The band are renowned for their dramatic and powerful lyrics, written by Lily, overlaid onto heavy riffs and intricate melodies creating powerful tunes. “The Lyrics are dark and captivating. Lily’s voice is addictive.”
The Taboos are a three-piece contemporary indie/alternative band. Their sound is very diverse, varying from punchy, anthem-esque choruses, to ambient, soft pop melodies. Officially formed in 2018, after previous success under the name ‘The Rogues’, the band have acquired great live experience, having supported prestigious artists such as Nick Grimshaw, Scouting for Girls and Toploader. As well as this they have frequently played some of London’s more notorious venues, including O2 Academy Islington and Camden Assembly.
After an overwhelming reaction to the band’s latest single ‘No Miracles’ they have been creating music in abundance and have new music coming very soon in 2020, with the upcoming single ‘Innovative Thinking’ due for release in March.
More about the event
Twenty-five acts will perform over five heats at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds and at Haverhill Arts Centre during January and February 2019. One winner will be chosen from each heat by our judging panel. The Grand Final will be held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 8th March 2019.
Our judging panel comprises musicians, promoters, DJs, journalists, producers and other industry professionals who adore live music, and who make a positive contribution to the local scene. Bands are judged on musical ability, entertainment factor, stage presence, lyrical content, originality, professionalism and band togetherness, but more importantly, on the intangible, indefinable awesomeness, passion and raw talent that future biopics are made of.
The competition element, however, is secondary to the thrill of discovering other like-minded artists, and playing in front of a music-loving crowd. Whoever wins or loses, everyone will be part of something amazing!