Influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids, Sheffield quartet O Captain have bucket loads of potential of their debut EP is anything to go from. Entitled 'Ghetto Hikes', the bands lyrical sentiment mixed with a stirring indie-pop sensibility quickly won us over. We spoke to bassist Ryan Smith to find out more about the band, their influences, what Sheffield bands we should be listening to and more.
Ww've got reviews and a whole load of live photos from UK Tech Fest 2014.
Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord
of great albums that have come out so far this year. Read on to find out what the Already Heard team picked as their favourite releases of the year so far.
After 2 years away, Sonisphere makes it return to the UK. Check out our full coverage of the festival.
Bring Me The Horizon were amongst the winners at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards.
The Sheffield band won Album of the Year for 'Sempiternal' and Best International Band.
Full list of winners:
Alternative Press Vanguard Award (non-voted): Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
Alternative Press Icon Award (non-voted): Joan Jett
Alternative Press Guitar Legend (non-voted): Slash
Artist Of The Year: Fall Out Boy
Album Of The Year: Bring Me The Horizon - Sempiternal
Artist Philanthropic Award: All Time Low — Skate4Cancer
Best Live Band: Pierce The Veil
Breakthrough Band: Crown The Empire
Song of the Year: All Time Low (feat. Vic Fuentes) - “A Love Like War“
Best International Band: Bring Me The Horizon
Most Dedicated Fans: Black Veil Brides
Best Vocalist: Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)
Best Guitarist: Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men)
Best Bassist: Jaime Preciado (Pierce The Veil)
Best Drummer: Mike Fuentes (Pierce The Veil)
With their new album, 'Still Life Moving Fast' set to be released on September 1st, Empress AD continue to push towards its release and have now premiered their new video for 'Invisible Conductor'.
The video can be viewed by clicking read more, and the album is scheduled to be released through Roadrunner Records.
August (with Wren)
12th London, Black Heart
13th Tunbridge Wells, Forum
14th Oxford, Wheatsheaf
16th Port Lympne, Hevy Fest
Welsh pop-punks Save Your Breath have posted their new video for 'Airs & Graces'.
The clip can be viewed by clicking read more, and the track is taken from the bands latest album - 'There Used To Be A Place For Us'.
Being As An Ocean have announced a run of UK dates alongside Vanna, My Iron Lung, and Crooks as part of a European tour.
24 The Oobleck, Birmingham
25 The Exchange, Bristol
26 Cathouse, Glasgow
27 NQ Live, Manchester
28 Underworld, London
Indie-rockers Dry The River have premiered their new video for 'Everlasting Light', and can be viewed after the jump below.
It is the second video taken from their sophomore album, 'Alarms in the Heart', and is released through Transgressive Records on August 26th.
I Killed The Prom Queen have revealed the new video for 'Bright Enough'.
'Bright Enough' is taken from band’s 6th album, and their Epitaph debut 'Beloved', which was released earlier this year.
Flights have announced they will release their long awaited debut album 'History Be Kind' on October 6th, through Scylla Records.
The album is available to pre-order here. All pre-orders come with an instant download of album track 'The Ghost of Things'.
2. Empire Gone
3. The Ghost of Things
5. Tired and Worn
6. Yellow Bentines
7. Disappointed But Not Surprised
8. Night Pool Supervisor
9. Borrowed Time
A stream of a track called 'Yellow Bentines' can be found after the jump.
Motörhead have announced they will be playing 3 UK headline dates in November.
Tue 04 02 Apollo, Manchester
Thu 06 NIA, Birmingham
Sat 08 SSE Arena, London
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 18th July.
Motörhead will 'Aftershock - Tour Edition' on August 4th.
Recently reformed Texan emo luminaries Mineral will be touring the UK early 2015 next year to coincide with their reunion tour.
The band have also signed to Xtra Mile Recordings. The label will be releasing the international reissues of the group’s two albums, 'The Power of Failing' and 'EndSerendaing', for CD, vinyl and digital formats.
The band will play the following dates:
6th The Joiners, Southampton
7th The Exchange, Bristol
9th Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
10th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
11th Stereo, Glasgow
12th Ruby Lounge, Manchester
13th The Underworld, London
Click read more to view the official announcement video.
Formed through drunken nights in shitty “rock clubs” and influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids, Sheffield quartet O Captain have bucket loads of potential of their debut EP is anything to go from. Entitled 'Ghetto Hikes', the bands lyrical sentiment mixed with a stirring indie-pop sensibility quickly won us over.
Although it is still early days for the four-piece, they’re still gaining plenty attention especially in the local area; they’re set to play 3 slots at this weekends Tramlines Festival in Sheffield. In addition as bassist Ryan Smith tells us, new material is in the works and if 'Ghetto Hikes' is just the beginning, we expect future O Captain releases be more versatile yet as compelling.
To find out more about O Captain, Ryan took some time out from preparing for Tramlines to tell us how the band came together, their influences, what Sheffield bands we should be listening to and more.
Already Heard: For starters can you tell us who you are and your role in O Captain?
Ryan: O Captain is Thomas Bower on lead vocals and guitar, Michael Watson on drums and vocals, Paul Bamforth on guitar and I’m Ryan Smith and I play bass and also sing.
AH: Can you tell us a bit about the bands background?
Ryan: Back in early 2013 none of us were performing music. So we just decided to get together in a practice room and see what happened. With the exception of Mike, we’ve all known each other for years through drunken nights at shitty “rock clubs” in Northern England. After our original drummer departed to work in China, we recruited Mike who’d recorded our first demo in his bedroom. Since then we’ve had a lot of fun, performing and writing music we love.
AH: So you’ve recently released your debut EP called 'Ghetto Hikes'. For those haven’t heard it yet, how would you describe it to them?
Ryan: For fans of sad songs and sad songs disguised as happy songs.
AH: From hearing the 3-track release, I hear a strong early-2000’s indie/emo influence, am I right?
Ryan: For sure, that was our musical education. We were in college throughout this period and really just learning how to play our instruments, so you can’t help but have this influences ingrained in you for life. Bands like Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids are bands we’ve always loved and still do. Emo is enjoying a bit of a resurgence at the moment with all the twinkly influenced bands around. And while I don’t think we really sound like them, I think we still fit into that pigeon hole. But there are a whole lot of other influences from the indie rock world too, which I think bleeds over.
Since the release of 2011’s debut album 'Breathe In Life', Parisian metallers Betraying the Martyrs have seemingly been THE name to contend with in the deathcore arena. Continually spoken of in a fevered high that seats them way above many of their peers, they’re back with album number two on Sumerian Records. For a label that boasts some decidedly better acts like Dillinger and Crosses, this band are a total let down.
The majority of sophomore LP ‘Phantom’ feels like 13 tracks of metal by numbers, underscored by the horribly predictable production values which in the age of laptop-metal have lumped the vast majority of new bloods into one giant dizzying game of Guess Who. Is that BMTH? Is that Silent Screams? Is that While She Sleeps? Who knows. Who bloody knows!
Currently storming the pop-punk scene, Real Friends have released their first full-length album ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing’. Having been criticised for drifting towards a generic pop-punk sound with their EPs, ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same and We’re Just Changing’ signals that Real Friends are beginning to move in a more exciting direction. As such, their first full-length album is a promising beginning for this Illinois four-piece.
After a short introduction, ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’ gives us the first full taste of the album. The song follows a standard pop-punk template; the builds, the minimalist parts, the big choruses, and so on. It’s noticeable that lead singer Dan Lambton has improved vocally since ‘Put Yourself Back Together’ in both the strength and breadth of his performance. One element that is unavoidably noticeable is the somewhat pop-punk cliché track name. This theme runs throughout the album, and not in the powerful emo sense, but shows the hyperbolic defeat typical of teenagers to dominate the album; for example, one lyric goes, "I’m just a kid with too much lonely space".
The album grows in strength as it goes on, with my favourite tracks featuring in the latter half. ‘Spread Me All Over Illinois’ has a different feel to the rest of the album. It has that same pacey verse yet this is juxtaposed by the build to a slower chorus. This adds far greater and noticeable effect to the song than the lyrics do. The song shows consistency in style with a big outro brought down to palm muting and quiet picking. It is undoubtedly a highlight of the album.
Contradictory to what their name may suggest (not a “swoopy-fringed” metalcore band), Speaking In Shadows are an English rock band formed in 2010 from the town of Nuneaton. Releasing their new EP, ‘Lies We Lead’, Speaking In Shadows have aptly created a mixture of passionate, alternative rock tunes which fringes on the boundaries of post-hardcore. Needless to say it works well.
Kicking off the EP is the track ‘Splinters’, featuring high-powered drumming and jagged guitar lines. It’s a disappointment however, that vocalist Alex Smith’s voice sounds too nasally on this track to be enjoyed wholeheartedly. It’s a shame, as I feel ‘Splinters’ is the only shortcoming of the album. Trying to combine the accessibility of the next track ‘Technicolour Trainwreck’, while trying to capture the chaos of later tracks like ‘Breaking Silence’, ‘Splinters’ does nothing more than fall flat on its face.
London alt rockers Nevermind Me have announced the release of their brand new EP 'Winter'.
Click read more to listen to the EP in its entirety.
Emerging UK pop-punk group Roam have been confirmed as support for Me Vs Hero's September UK tour.
18 Bristol Exchange
19 Manchester Sound Control
20 Leeds Cockpit
21 Newcastle Academy II
22 Nottingham Red Rooms
23 London Islington Academy
24 Birmingham Academy II