It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from. As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.
Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. We spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths to discuss the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.
If metalcore is your thing then say hello to From Her Eyes. The Welsh quartet are exclusively streaming their debut EP 'Demons' right here on Already Heard.
The Winter Passing and Algernon Doll will be touring the UK together in October.
16 Downstairs, Aberdeen
17 The Central, Newcastle
18 TBA, Leeds
19 Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham
20 JT Soar, Nottingham
21 The Keystone, Guildford
22 Old Blue Last, London
23 Mozarts, Swansea
Black Tongue have premiered their new music video for 'Eclipse'.
The track is taken from the Hull based death metal band 'Born Hanged : Falsifier (Redux)' release, which is scheduled to be released through Siege Of Amida Records / Century Media Records on September 1st.
Brazilian punk rockers End Of Pipe have followed up the recent European release of their 'Keep Running' EP by revealing their new video for 'Jack'.
The clip can be viewed by clicking read more, and the EP is out now on Bomber Music.
We Were Promised Jetpacks are gearing up for the release of their new 'Unravelling' LP and have posted the next single to be lifted from the LP.
'I Keep It Composed' can be streamed by clicking read more, and is released as a single on September 22nd, with the album set to follow on October 6th. Both will be released through FatCat Records.
11 Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
12 Limelight 2, Belfast
13 Nerve Centre, Londonderry
14 Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
17, Garage, Aberdeen
18 Non-Zero’s, Dundee
19 Caves, Edinburgh
20 Deaf Institute, Manchester
21 Bermuda Triangle, Brighton
8 The Lexington, London
Emerging Scottish rock outfit Vukovi are set to release a new single called ‘So Long Gone’ via First Run Records on September 29th.
The track can be streamed below, and is the first cut to be heard from the band’s forthcoming debut album.
Twin Atlantic recently took part of the Original Penguin Plugged In Series at London’s The Hospital Club.
A video of the band performing 'Brothers And Sisters' can be viewed below.
Ahead of the release of their new album, 'I’m Completely Fine' next Monday (September 21st), Me Vs Hero have released a free mobile app video game.
September (with Roam)
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
Yorkshire post hardcore group Road To Horizon are set to release their new EP, 'Faultlines' on October 20th and have posted a preview of it in the form of 'Sirens'.
A lyric video for the track can be viewed after the jump.
2. Tonight Is Our Night
Cavorts have joined In At The Deep End Records and will be releasing their brash debut album ‘Got Your Brass’, on the 27th October.
The band made the following comment:
“We’re proud and excited to be working with a longstanding stalwart of the UK underground heavy/alternative music scene. In At The Deep End Records have been, and still are, home to some amazing bands and have released some amazing music, such as Gallows, Sanzen, Send More Paramedics. So, there is no doubt we are very much looking forward to our album standing alongside some of these awesome releases!”
A track from the album, 'Pig of Ballast' can be streamed by clicking read more.
After months of build up and anticipation, the momentous Leeds Festival kicked off with bags full of potential. From major rock acts to some of the best in punk and hardcore, day one of Leeds 2014 hit all the right marks. Here’s a roundup of what we saw.
Few things could of soothed the stress and frustration of the debacle that was team Already Heard’s efforts to find our way into the Leeds Fest site quite as quickly as the sight of Tonight Alive front woman Jenna MacDougall prowling the vast space of the Main Stage in predatory fashion. This weekend’s Reading and Leeds appearances were by far two of the biggest of the five-piece from Sydney’s careers to date, not that it showed. TA looked completely at ease and self-assured, performing a slick confident set like they had been born to play stages and festivals of this magnitude. Although clearly delightedly in awe at her surroundings, and the size and response of the crowd held firmly in her sway, MacDougall’s performance never fell anything short of spellbinding or vocally on point. Much of the set was taken from last year’s brilliant ‘The Other Side’ with ‘The Ocean’ and ‘Don’t Wish’ going down particularly well with the Bramham crowd, as did ‘What Are You So Scared Of’ and a bittersweet set closing rendition of ‘Lonely Girl’. (4/5) (DW)
This weekend marked Young Guns’ big return to performing live after a protracted period out of the spotlight working on album number three. The band have been one of the tightest, most high-octane live acts around for the last few years, and hadn’t missed a step in their time away. Gus Wood effortlessly owned the stage, looking James Dean cool and, as always, every inch the prototype total package front man with a commanding poise and presence and a near faultlessly powerful vocal showing. A performance of current single ‘I Want Out’ and another new track both bode very well for the forthcoming new record, featuring catchy as hell synth lines added into the band’s usual heavy yet expansive and accessible sound and strong 80’s undertones. A strong rendition of ‘Weight Of The World’ flew the flag for Young Guns’ earlier material, while the euphorically received ‘Bones’ earned a gargantuan singalong in one of the coolest moment’s of the opening day. (4/5) (DW)
For England’s second most populous city, Birmingham hasn’t had the impact on the landscape of British music that it should. Correct me if you can think of any more considerable, but in the mind of this writer, only heavy metal has been majorly influenced by Brum, having produced titans such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. However, looking to join modern indie compatriots such as Peace and Swim Deep are young quartet Dumb, who attempt here to bring the sounds of 80s/90s “slacker” or “college” rock (dependent on which name you prefer) married to the everyday tales and languid vocal style of Wakefield indie rockers The Cribs. Dumb seem destined for the big time, which makes this offering seem all the more cynical in putting so much effort into trying to sound effortless.
Imagine if Pavement, Pixies or even early R.E.M. had a production job that was anything but shonky. It wouldn’t sound right, would it? However, the glossy presentation gives tracks like 'Dive' a shimmer that feels all wrong, in a manner that suggest the Reading mainstage-core sound of bands like The 1975 and The Vaccines. While frontman Dylan Williams’ alternating sigh and sneer (which has more than a little Gallagher-esque tilt to it, especially on 'Two Bottles') attempts its level best to bring some semblance of soul to proceedings, this is a rather staid and beige affair. Even their website handle screams of a wantonly silly affectation - Dumb are here for mass consumption, and don’t care if they have to use “txt speak” to get there.
French post punks Bitpart will be playing a short run of UK shows starting next week.
You can catch the band at the following dates:
3rd Cowley Club, Brighton w/ Me with Others
4th Wahlbar, Manchester w/ Plough Lines, Dream Soda
5th JT Soar, Nottingham w/ Elopes
6th Mother’s Ruin, Bristol w/ Crows-An-Wra, Boxkite, Grandparent + Don Juan
7th Rooz Studios, London w/ Crows-An-Wra, Bluebird, Walleater, Boxkite, The New Tusk, The Correct Arc + Cherry But No Cake
Peterborough folk punks A Great Notion are streaming their brand new EP 'A Little Scared'.
The EP will officially be released on the 1st September on Aaah! Real Records.
Click read more to listen to the EP in full.
Don Broco are headling the Kerrang! UK tour with We Are the In Crowd next year in February 2015.
The tour will cover the following dates:
6th The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA, Norwich
7th O2 Academy, Leeds
9th O2 Academy, Southampton
10th O2 Academy, Bristol
11th Academy, Dublin
13th Uni Great Hall, Cardiff
14th Academy, Manchester
15th O2 Academy, Newcastle
16th O2 Academy, Glasgow
18th O2 Academy, Liverpool
19th O2 Academy, Birmingham
20th The Forum, London
The Xcerts have announced they’re going on a UK tour this November in support of their upcoming album 'There Is Only You', due for release on the 3rd November on Raygun Music.
The tour will cover the following dates:
4th Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
5th Gullivers, Manchester
6th Brudenell Games Room, Leeds
7th Oran Mor, Glasgow
8th Beat Generator Live, Dundee
10th Think Tank, Newcastle
11th Corporation, Sheffield
12th Waterfront Studio, Norwich
13th Bodega, Nottingham
14th Tufnell Park Dome, London
15th West End Centre, Aldershot