Already Heard
FESTIVAL PREVIEW: HIT THE DECK 2014 - 10 MUST-SEE BANDS
As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
FIVES: MUST BUY RECORD STORE DAY 2014 RELEASES
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
INTERVIEW: THE MENZINGERS
Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release, 'Rented World,' one of the
highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. In parts, it picks up where 2012's 'On The
Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. We recently spoke to Greg Barnett to discuss the album, the pressure of following up 'On The Impossible Past', their forthcoming London show and the Grozerock Festival.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: NEW CITY KINGS
Despite only forming last year, Essex rockers New City Kings have already gathered plenty of attention from their debut EP - 'Change.' Their radio-friendly rock sound that has seen them compared to a range of bands; Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Already Heard spoke to Mark Kovic to find out more about New City Kings.
VERSUS: ALKALINE TRIO - 'FROM HERE TO INFIRMARY' VS. 'MAYBE I'LL
CATCH FIRE'

With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the
focus on Alkaline Trio. Self-confessed Trio MEGA fan Jay Sullivan tells us why 'From
Here to Infirmary' is the band’s finest work. Whilst Alex Phelan explains how 'Maybe
I'll Catch Fire' is a superb example of musical catharsis.
POP-PUNK A&R: BOSTON MANOR
12 months from releasing their debut EP, we speak to Blackpool pop-punk/emo
quintet Boston Manor to discuss their influences, achievements so far and thoughts on their contemporaries.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: EMPLOYED TO SERVE
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
ALREADY HEARD TOUR TALES: HORNETS - MARCH 2014 UK TOUR
In the latest edition of our "Tour Tales" feature, Irish doom-punk band Hornets talk us
through their recent UK tour where they played 8 shows in 7 days.
EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: WALLEATER - WALLEATER
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: LEWIS JOHNS (PRODUCER)
In the first edition of our new "Industry Insight" feature, we talk to producer Lewis Johns
to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.


Weekly US News Roundup (19/04/2014)

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Even though we love our Stateside friends, our main goal here at Already Heard to showcase and highlight the best in established and emerging UK bands, news, videos, tours, and more.

Because of this each week we bring you a concise roundup of news from America.

This week we have new music from Mastodon, The Menzingers, Miss May I and Emmure.

We also have news on the latest additions to The Fest 13, details of releases from Motion City Soundtrack, Vanna, Candy Hearts, Nightmares and more.

On top of that there are new videos from Converge, OFF!, Steel Panther and Breathe Carolina.

If you have any news to contribute to future US News Roundups, e-mail us at info@alreadyheard.com.

Mastodon has unveiled a brand new song 'High Road' from their forthcoming album, 'Once More Round The Sun'.

Hot Water Music, Touché Amoré, Restorations, Masked Intruder, Screaming Females, Modern Baseball, Spraynard and more have been added to The Fest 13

Converge have premiered their video for 'Precipice / All We Love We Leave Behind'.

Hit The Lights have joined Pure Noise Records and will release a new album in the Autumn.

'Rented World', the new album from The Menzingers is streaming online.

OFF! have released their video for 'Red White and Black'

Motion City Soundtrack are set to release a documentary titled 'I Am The Movie: The Movie' on May 13th.

Vanna'Void' on June 16th on Pure Noise Records.

1. VOID 2. Toxic Pretender 3. Holy Hell 4. Digging 5. Yuth Decay 6. Personal Cross 7. Humaphobia 8. Piss Up A Rope 9. Pornocopia 10. All American’t 11. Bienvenue

Miss May I are offering a new song titled 'Refuse To Believe' as a free download here.

The Swellers have released a rarities collection titled 'B-Sides And Rarities'.

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Album Review: Plague Vendor - Free To Eat

imageWith 10 songs coming in just under the 20 minute mark, California’s Plague Vendor clearly have no time for substance with this debut effort. On 'Free To Eat', the recent Epitaph signees’ LP is a brash, frantic record but leaves a good impression.

The opening bars 'Black Sap Scriptures', the band’s garage punk influence is very much in tact with rowdy vocals courtesy of Brandon Blaine and razor-sharp guitar lines from Jay Rogers. It’s unrelentless tempo is something that grabs hold of you early on and doesn’t let go for the next 20 minutes.

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Album Review: Hand Sand Hands - Lord of Talk

Last year saw Johnathan Miller’s self-proclaimed “ramshackle psych” project Hand Sand Hands release debut album 'Lord Of Talk', a record that may have in all likelihood slipped under most radars. You’d be forgiven if it did; any emerging act to release their first full-length foray into the music world in the same month as Pearl Jam and Miley Cyrus album launches will have to fight for any attention they can get. It didn’t go unnoticed, however, with US label Autumn + Colour snapping the project up and kicking off this month with a re-release of last year’s inaugural effort for any who may have missed it first time around.  It’s definitely second time lucky here, and we’re not along amongst a sea of new converts to the glistening, out of this world shoegaze vibes that Hand Sand Hands instills.

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Album Review: Banner Pilot - Souvenir

Few bands can evoke a sense of place the way Banner Pilot do. Their music conjures up images of the Midwest, of endless stretches of road and dust, of positivity and hope, all in a seemingly timeless fashion. While their music may be heavily influenced by Jawbreaker and Hot Water Music, at the heart there’s the influence of a novelist, lyrically they’re certainly rooted in Steinbeck and Kerouac.

Banner Pilot do not tend towards solid, tangible themes for their songs, instead they provide the listener with snapshots and moments frozen in time. Descriptions of place followed by the emotion connected with that place are frequent in ‘Souvenir’, such as the combination of “on your rooftop drunk in the springtime” followed by “I’m trying but I’m falling down” in opener ‘Modern Shakes’. The majority of the songs are written about a proverbial ‘you’, a lover whose identity is not revealed and sometimes this tense stretches to include ‘we’, giving a personal touch that draws you into the emotions of the album.

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Album Review: Two Knights - Shut Up

imageA few days back I was asked what my favourite record labels were. The top of that list, you ask? Count Your Lucky Stars. Why? It’s because of records like this. Two Knights is a two-piece band from Texas. They play the kind of songs you’d perhaps expect a two-piece band from Texas signed to CYLS to play: Raw, twangy, and incredible. Over the course of 13 songs, ‘Shut Up’ is both devastating and heart swelling. Not from song to song, not from verse to chorus, but always. Two ends of the emotional spectrum wrapped in a blanket of nostalgia and played fantastically.

‘If It’s Brocken, It’s Brocken’ demonstrates this from the off. Flitting from fuzz to clean tones, from angelic vocals to screeches in a heartbeat. ‘It Doesn’t Matter Matt, I’m Never Going To Cast Boulderfall’ is a driving beast,and following track, ‘Just Pick a Dead End and Chill Out Till You Die’, is a beauty. Off the back of these opening three tracks it’s apparent that Two Knights have played a masterstroke with ‘Shut Up’. For this record to average out poorly the remaining ten tracks would have to be unlistenable.

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Groezrock Announce Vinyl Compilation Series

Groezrock Festival organisers have announced they are launching a vinyl compilation. The series will be released through German vinyl mailorder specialist finestvinyl.de

'Groezrock 2014 Compilation: Volume 1' will be released on 16th May and will be limited to 500 on blood-red vinyl.

The track listing includes a previously unreleased track by Funeral Dress and cover versions from Red City Radio and Bodyjar. It will also feature tracks by Boysetsfire, La Dispute, Gameface, Touché Amoré and many more.

Side A:
Boysetsfire - “Until Nothing Remains”
Touché Amoré - “Anyone/Anything”
Gameface - “Swing State”
La Dispute - “First Reactions After Falling Through…”
PUP - “Reservoir”
Elway - “Someday, Sea Wolf”
Fabulous Disaster - “Spider Bite”

Side B
Restorations - “D”
The Smith Street Band - “Bigger Than Us”
Bodyjar - “Your Racist Friend”
Apologies, I Have None - “Raging Through The Thick…”
Red City Radio - “Help Save The Youth Of America…”
Funeral Dress - “The Last Call”

So Many Animal Cells Confirm 2nd EP Release and Offer Free Song Download

Glaswegian quartet So Many Animal Cells have announced the release of their second EP. Titled 'Burden', the four track EP is released on May 26th 2014 via Bloc+Music.

1. From The Sick Bed
2. My Blood’s Not Mine
3. Chromatography is for Cool Kids
4. Stories

The band are offering 'My Blood’s Not Mine' as a free download, which can be found after the jump.

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Above The Underground Posts New Music Video (‘Bring Me The Sun’)

Following on from the recent release of their 'Sonder' LP, Chester pop-punks Above The Underground have released their music video for 'Bring Me The Sun'.

The clip can be seen over at Punktastic or by clicking read more.

April
18 Skin Fest, Chesterfield
20 Lounge 41, Workington
21 The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
22 The Actress & Bishop, Birmingham

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Promethee Preview New 7” with ‘Dark Souls’ Lyric Video

Swiss prog metallers Promethee are set to release a new 7” on May 1st.

It will consist of two tracks; ‘Dark Souls’ and 'The Sour Taste', and the band have posted a lyric video for 'Dark Souls', which can be viewed after the jump.

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New Our People Versus Yours Video (‘Fear No Evil’)

Later this month Essex rockers Our People Versus Yours release their debut album 'Machine Hearts Machine Minds' through Transcend Music and to give fans a preview of what to expect, the band have revealed their new video for 'Fear No Evil'.

It is the second single to be taken from the album, and its video can be viewed by clicking read more.

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A Plastic Rose Premier ‘Someone’s Daughter’ Video

Ahead of their appearance at this weekends Hit The Deck Festival, A Plastic Rose have premiered their new video for 'Someone’s Daughter'.

The track is taken from the bands forthcoming album, 'Flickering Light Of An Inner War', which is set to be released later this year.

The video for 'Someone’s Daughter' can be viewed after the jump.

April
18 Manchester Castle Hotel
19 Bristol Hit The Deck Festival
20 Nottingham Hit The Deck Festival
June
3 Leicester The Musician
4 Derby The Victoria
7 Belfast Spectrum Festival

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Anthrax Announce Belfast and Dublin Shows

New York thrash legends Anthrax have announced 2 Irish dates preceding their appearance at this summers Sonisphere Festival.

July
1st Belfast, Limelight
2nd Dublin, Academy

Blood Red Shoes Reveal Controversial ‘Speech Coma’ Music Video

With their UK tour kicking off next week, Blood Red Shoes have premiered their controversial music video for 'Speech Coma'.

The video portrays a singer bleeding to death on stage and has been banned by MTV. However the video can be viewed after the jump below.

April
Tues 22nd Nottingham Bodega
Wed 23rd Bristol Trinity
Thurs 24th Birmingham Academy 2 
Fri 25th Brighton Concorde 2
Sun 27th Glasgow Oran Mor
Mon 28th Manchester Club Academy
Tues 29th Norwich Waterfront
Wed 30th London Electric Ballroom
Fri 2nd May Leeds Cockpit

'Speech Coma’ is released as a single through Jazz Life on 2nd June.

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Allusondrugs Posts New Single (‘Nervous’)

Yorkshire psychedelic alt-rock grunge Allusondrugs have posted their new single - 'Nervous'.

The new single will be released on Clue Records on April 28th as a limited edition CD run of 300. The first 50 orders come with a free exclusive poster.

Click read more to stream 'Nervous'.

3rd Live at Leeds 2014 (Leeds Uni Mine: 12:30pm w/Albert Hammond Jr, Drenge & more)
17th Temple of Boom, Leeds
30th Black Bull, Castleford (headline)
31st Hertfordshire - Club 85, Hitchin (w/ Fizzy Blood)
June
1st Oxford – Arts Bar (w/ Fizzy Blood)
4th Birmingham - Actress & Bishop (w/ Fizzy Blood)
5th Hereford - Herdsman (w/ Fizzy Blood)
6th Kent - Forum (w/ Fizzy Blood)
7th Lounge 41, Workington
July
25th Cockpit, Leeds (headline)

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Great Cop Preview New EP with ‘Vacancy’

Glasgow indie punks Great Cop are gearing up for the release of their new EP, 'Stay Human' on May 10th.

The quartet have posted a preview of the EP in the form of a track titled 'Vacancy', which can be streamed by clicking read more.

April
19th JT Soars Nottingham RSD2014 W/Doe
20 Parish Huddersfield w/Doe
May
10 Anson Alldayer Manchester w/United Fruit
29 13th Note Glasgow w/Algiers/Algernon Doll

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