Already Heard
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Exclusive Song Premier: Firestarter - If You Ain’t First, You’re Last

Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record 'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release, we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First, You're Last'.

With a sound that is very much at the heart of the North East US pop-punk scene, 'If You Ain't First, You're Last' will certainly win over fans of bands such as State Champs, Major League and Knuckle Puck.

'Forget the Past' by Firestarter is released on 13th May.

Firestarter links: Facebook|Twitter|Bandcamp

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Album Review: Morain - Worlds Apart

Straight up, I should probably declare my bias towards Morain. The members themselves are friends of friends from university and I’ve seen them live a number of times, it’s even my guitar in their video for the previously released ‘Are We Lost’. So how can my opinion remain impartial throughout this review? Well I thought long and hard about this, and realised that my objectivity could only really be validated by telling you that, at first, I didn’t actually like this EP. And I’ll explain everything now.

It’s been a long time since the last proper Morain release, and in that time a lot has happened to the musical landscape. Music is a continually evolving thing and as time passes people’s tastes, my own included, also change. I think that’s perhaps why the EP didn’t particularly capture me the same way that the first listen of ‘Animals’ did all that time ago. By the second full listen through though, this initial negativity towards ‘Worlds Apart’ evaporated and, again, I can explain everything.

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Album Review: More Than Life - What’s Left of Me

imageFive years ago in this reviewer’s household, no EP had been spun nearly as much as Defeater’s ’Lost Ground’ EP. There was a band who truly seemed to reinvigorate the term emotional hardcore. Their stories might be figments of their imagination, but its distinctive delivery - a voice persistently haunted by agonizing pain - ensured the effect was never anything but poignant (at best downright heart-wrenching). Many of us, I’m sure, have finally started to come to terms with the fact that Defeater are unlikely to ever reach those heights again, as evidenced by their positively average ’Letters Home’. If this reviewer’s mourning process has eased a little, it’s most certainly in part due to the handful of talented bands who have proved themselves capable and willing to carry the torch. One such band is More Than Life, who have surely released their finest effort yet with second LP ’What’s Left Of Me’.

Of course, it’s not entirely fair to mindlessly lump them in together, but when those similarities do rise to the surface, for the most part they reflect well on UK outfit. More Than Life are perhaps less interested in the texture and tone of their instruments than Defeater are, but they bear an almost parallel balance of aggression and melody, as well as a comparable outlook on life (though More Than Life do betray a hopeful streak here). Perhaps the best summary of what this band are about, ’Weight Of The World’, is on one hand hand strongly riff-centric, but it’s almost always accompanied by contrapuntal, reverb-heavy, melodic background guitarwork. The track’s penultimate section is an engrossing mixture of passionate vocal work, heavy riffs and delicate melodies, the first of several instances of the band acing bridges, middle-eights and pre-finales.

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Album Review: Nine Black Alps - Candy for the Clowns

Manchester lads Nine Black Alps couldn’t have enjoyed a more emphatic entrance to the music scene back in 2005 when, after only a handful of shows, they were snapped up by Island Records before embarking on a helter-skelter journey of high profile tours and festivals across the world.

Their momentum slowed considerably a few years later, but the indie-grunge outfit maintained a consistent output, and now reach their fifth studio album in ‘Candy for the Clowns’. The new record is solid evidence that, although the band’s time in the limelight may have been short-lived, it wasn’t a fluke.

The loud and groaning Smashing Pumpkins-style riffs in ‘Novokaine’ immediately take you back to the early noughties, where British guitar bands were still all over the charts and stamping their identity on a generation rediscovering rock music. It’s cool and moody, but full of vigour and panache, like the theme-tune to a Bond film directed by Guy Ritchie.

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Album Review: Copper Lungs - Copper Lungs

It may seem a little harsh to say, but sometimes reviewing new upcoming bands on their earliest releases can be a slightly onerous business. There are so many bands hurriedly rushing out material and clamouring for writers’ attention, before they or their music is ready for it, that it can be hard to be enthusiastic about every previously unheralded release that finds its way into your inbox. Fortunately, there are bands like Dundee’s Copper Lungs out there. Cunningly waiting to stop unsuspecting critics dead in their tracks, make them say something along the lines of “hello, hello, hello, what have we hear then” in the style of a badly caricatured policeman, and then come back for another listen, and another, and many more after that.

Such is the quality of the band’s new self-titled EP that as soon as you hit play, you best live with the fact that you’re unlikely to be listening to anything else for quite some time. Packing big angular riffs, and even bigger impassioned, emphatically delivered choruses, there hasn’t been a new pop-rock act break out of Scotland that are this good since Twin Atlantic, seemingly overnight, became most of Britain’s favourite band a few years back.

Its refreshing that Copper Lungs have opted to choose quality over quantity, making all six tracks here as great as they could be, rather than recording a second full length, all killer, no filler definitely being the order of the day here. Although lead single ‘Lost Without You’ is the pick of an excellent bunch, every track on offer could potentially be single material.

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Live Review: Brand New, Saves The Day and The Front Bottoms - O2 Academy, Leeds - 14/04/2014

Walking into the O2 in Leeds, and finding a huge crowd pay attention to the sweet whimsy of The Front Bottoms, is simply quite heart warming. The New Jersey quartet boldly takes on the challenge in playing to a huge crowd, and they succeed quite well. Their dancey, catchy indie punk acoustics in hits like ‘Au Revoir (Adios)’ and ‘Maps’ spark a smile here and there, even if it’s not perfect. Yet, it’s a solid set, especially during the latter song when words are bounced back from the audience to the band. (3.5/5)

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Monkey Boy Records Set To Release New Eaten By Foxes EP

Monkey Boy Records have announced they will be releasing the new EP from London emo band Eaten By Foxes this July.

The bands previous double A-side single, 'Body & The Stone // Your Favourite Boy' is available on Bandcamp, and can be streamed by clicking read more.

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Album Review: Limb - Limb

If doom and gloom is your ray of sunshine, then Limb are probably right up your street with their self titled debut album. Whilst it may heavily juxtapose the summer sun that’s started to sneak itself into our bleak British lives, ‘Limb’ will no doubt remind you that dark forces are forever at play. That, and that it’s only a riff if it makes you bang your head.

‘Twelve Ghosts’ opens up this ten track album with a slowly building, note held riff with plenty of noise and feedback developing into the head-banging riff that’s currently got a hold of my own head. This sludge opener delves into more of a 70s based verse before bringing it all back down for the groove; refreshing and juxtaposing. It’s a common trait dealt across the album that allows for plenty of styles to join the horde.

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Album Review: Two-Bit Sister - The Jackal

It seems to be a current craze in alternative music for two-pieces to be at the forefront of the scene. The latest duo to burst onto the scene is Margates’ Two-Bit Sister. The pair play a blend of old school grunge riffs mixed with catchy lyrics and choruses. Even though their debut record is only four tracks, 'The Jackal' supplies your ears with four very memorable songs.

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Already Heard Track Guide: I Divide - Last One Standing

Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album 'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound.

Having entered the UK rock album chart this past Sunday, things are certainly looking up for the Exeter five-piece.

Before they kicked off their current UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'

If your band would like to set up a ‘Track Guide’ feature for Already Heard, please email Sean Reid.

Follow Me
‘Follow Me’ is a tale of grasping hope after being knocked down. It’s actually the first song we wrote for the new album, and also the track we’ve been playing live the longest. We first debuted the track live in May 2012 at Slam Dunk festival, and it has actually been a strong part of our set since. It’s great to finally get it out as part of an album.

Tell Me Something
‘Tell Me Something’ is another upbeat rock song through and through. The song takes the stress of being in a band and never knowing what’s wrong the corner, and translates it into a fictitious relationship. I really love the power we managed to get in the build up section before the last chorus. I think it perfectly resembles keeping emotions locked down until you just can’t hide them anymore; “You take what you want with no care at all, you push me around leave me feeling small.”

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Verses Premier ‘Live In The Sky’ Music Video

With their debut album set to be released next month, Verses have premiered their new video for 'Live In The Sky'.

The video can be viewed after the jump below, and the track is taken off 'Feel It Faster', which is released through A.O.K. Recordings on 26th May.

29 The Vic Inn, Swindon
30 Unit, Southampton
31 Camden Rocks Festival, London (not headline)
1 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
2 Asylum 2, Birmingham
3 Think Tank, Newcastle
4 Stereo, Glasgow
5 The Compass, Chester
6 Warehouse 23, Wakefield
7 Korova, Liverpool

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Over 50 Acts Added to Reading and Leeds Festival 2014

A whole host of bands have been added to this years Reading and Leeds Festival with names such as Twin Atlantic, Gnarwolves, Mallory Knox, Pulled Apart By Horses, Lonely The Brave, Papa Roach, Tonight Alive, The Story So Far, Young Guns and Gogol Bordello being announced.

Other names confirmed amongst the 52 acts confirmed today are Möngöl Hörde, A Wilhelm Scream, Baby Godzilla, Dave Hause, Every Time I Die, Mayday Parade, The Front Bottoms, The Skints, The Wonder Years and Touché Amoré.

A full breakdown of today’s additions along with the full line-up can be viewed after the jump below.

Reading and Leeds Festival takes place from August 22nd to 24th 2014.

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Circle of Reason Confirm May UK Shows

South West quartet Circle of Reason have announced a short run of UK shows taking place in May.

12th Eastbourne, Busker’s Bar
15th Basingstoke, Sanctuary Bar
16th Crawley, The Black Dog
17th Hatfield, Rockden
18th Corby, Racing Rocks festival

Sirens Premier ‘Notches’ Music Video

Midland metal six-piece Sirens have premiered their new video for 'Notches'.

The video can be viewed by clicking read more, and the track is taken from the bands forthcoming EP, 'Resistant To Change | Destined To Fail', which is due to be released on June 30th.

1. Notches
2. No Nature Of Mine
3. Creature
4. The Void
5. True Colours
6. Bad Blood
7. Bridge To Burden

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I Am The Avalanche Change Kingston Show Venue Due The Peel Closure

Due to the Kingston Peel closing its doors - I Am The Avalanche's show on May 18th has been moved to the Fighting Cocks. All tickets remain valid.

May (Support Major League, Turnover and Moose Blood)
9th London, Macbeth
10th Liverpool, Fury Fest - East Village Arts Club
12th Dublin, Fibber Macgees
13th Manchester, Sound Control Basement
14th Milton Keynes, Crafurd Arms
15th Nottingham, Rock City Basement
16th Glasgow, Audio
17th Sheffield, Corporation
18th Kingston, The Fighting Cocks
22nd Cardiff, Undertone
23rd Southampton, Joiners
24th Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival
25th Hatfield, Slam Dunk Festival
26th Wolverhampton, Slam Dunk Festival