As part of our "Tour Tales" feature, the female-fronted rockers documented their time on the road as their geared up towards the release of 'Beauty&Grace'.
Check out our stream of Jacksonville, Florida pop punk band We Still Dream's take on
The Get Up Kids' 'Valentine'.
With Queens of the Stone Age in the middle of a UK arena tour, we’ve decided to highlight
five of the bands best tracks for this edition of "Fives".
We've got the new EP from Yorkshire riff merchants NOSE right here! Take a listen to 'Sick
Continuing our Reuben theme from last week’s Fives and in celebration of frontman Jamie Lenman’s new double solo album, we take a look at two of the albums for "Versus". Its
‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards' against 'In Nothing We Trust'.
Calgary's debut EP 'Fight Fire With Fire' is a bright, warming collection of indie pop songs.
With comparisons to Hellogoodbye and John Mayer, the four tracks showcase a band with pop sensibilities and plenty of potential to breakthrough. We caught up with the band to find out more.
The ProdIgy have been revealed as the third and final headliner for next years Sonisphere Festival.
They will join previously announced headliners Iron Maiden and Metallica and will close the opening night on Friday July 4th.
Liam Howlett from the group made the following comment:
"We cant wait to play Sonisphere 2014, we will be hittin u with some brand new beats and noise. Respect to The Prodigy"
Sonisphere 2014 takes place at Knebworth Park from Friday 4th July to Sunday 6th July.
I’ll have to admit something first, I have been sent bands in the same vein and sound as I See Stars before and I have refused to review the album. Obviously when I was sent this album to review I was apprehensive and not at all comfortable but I have to say I enjoyed it weirdly.
The band have of course had mix reviews with previous albums, fusing electronic sounds and beats with hardcore; it is a sound to be desired by many. Deciding to take their time in making this album (nineteen months) it has paid off quite well for the band.
‘Initialization Sequence’ starts the album off with what is described as a kind of sound test. Leading straight into a bouncy intro it soon enough explodes into ‘Ten Thousand Feet’ with plenty of guitar breakdowns with Zach Johnson’s guttural screams coming through and Devin Oliver’s high clean vocals, it sets the tone for the album.
December is always a dreaded month; there’s deadlines to meet, enforced ‘quality time’ with colleagues and family becomes compulsory and everyone has to pretend to like unpalatable drinks like egg nog and sherry for a whole month. So it’s fortunate that the Swingin’ Utters’ were generous enough to release ‘Stuck in a Circle’, a three-track EP of punk rock goodness. It’s the perfect tonic to the shitfest of December.
First track, ‘Stuck in a Circle’ is a no-fuss slice of punk rock, which does exactly what is says bemoaning the cyclical nature of life as vocalist Johnny Bonnel (who I think sounds a little like a down-tempo Greg Graffin here) delivers smooth vocals over some slick mid-tempo chords. The chorus picks up the pace a little, and the mix of speeds results in something both catchy and memorable.
Second track, ‘I’m Not Your Saviour’ is a cut from the Tony Sly tribute album. I’ve already reviewed it so won’t dwell on it here, but it’s safe to say it’s a good ‘un.
Cardiff post punk quintet Chain of Flowers are set to release a limited cassette single called 'Arches Session' on 20th Janaury through their own Swine Language label.The cassette features two songs - ‘Death’s Got A Hold On Me’ is an original track whilst the second is a cover of Spectrum’s 'How You Satisfy Me'.
Click read more to stream ‘Death’s Got A Hold On Me’.
Kent two-piece Slaves and Canadian punk rockers PUP will be touring the UK together in February.
Wednesday 5th St Albans The Horn (Slaves only)
Thursday 6th London Black Heart (NME Awards Show)
Friday 7th Manchester Soup Kitchen
Saturday 8th Glasgow King Tuts
Sunday 9th Birmingham The Flapper
Monday 10th Nottingham Bodega
Tuesday 11th Cambridge The Portland
Wednesday 12th Southhampton The Joiners
Slaves will release a new single, 'Where’s Your Car Debbie?' through Fonthill Records on January 27th. Whilst PUP signed to SideOneDummy Records earlier this week and will release their debut LP in Spring 2014.
Hailing from the city known as “Music City”, Nashville, Tennessee’s rock quartet Better Off have produced a stirring collection of songs with their debut record '(I Think) I'm Leaving'. With a sound that blends pop sensibilities with emo-rock tone, '…Leaving' has seen the band been likened to Brand New, Balance & Composure and Brand New.
It’s certain to say that if you’re a fan of the aforementioned bands, you will instantly find a connection in Better Off's introspective lyrics as tracks like 'Sick, Sad, Sons', 'A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf' and 'Keeping Watch show. With energy and passion, Better Off are one of the brightest Stateside hopefuls we’ve come across in quite some time.
Already Heard recently grabbed a quick word with vocalist and guitarist Luke Granered to discuss the bands sound, '(I Think) I'm Leaving', the Nashville scene, future plans and more.
Already Heard: Hi. Can you tell us who you are and what your role in Better Off is?
Luke: Hi. My name is Luke Granered and I sing/play guitar for Better Off.
AH: To begin with you’ve been described as a throwback to the late ’90s-early 2000s indie/emo scene. What are your thoughts on this?
Luke: I take it as a compliment. We all listen to that, so it makes sense!
AH: For new listeners, would you say that the late ’90s-early 2000s indie/emo description is accurate in terms of your sound?
Luke: I’d say so. We lean more towards pop /rock than most of those bands. But that sound is there.
AH: Three bands I see you’ve been compared to are Jimmy Eat World, Balance & Composure and Brand New. How does it feel to have that comparison? Do you consider them as influences?
Luke: It feels great!!! Jimmy Eat World and Brand New are two of my favorite bands. I like Balance a lot too, but I haven’t grown up with them like the other two. Those bands mean a lot to me.
Midlands quartet Lay Siege have released their first single with new vocalist Carl Brown. The track entitled 'A Fictional Sound' is also the first track from the bands eagerly anticipated debut album, set for a 2014 release.
'A Fictional Sound' along with another track, 'March The Flock' is available to download for free from the bands website.
The video for 'A Fictional Sound' can be viewed after the jump below.
Bleed From Within have premiered their music video for 'I Am Oblivion' and can be viewed by clicking read more.
The Scottish metalcore band will be touring with DevilDriver and Sylosis in April.
Thu 3rd Cardiff Solus
Fri 4th London Electric Ballroom
Sat 5th Wolverhampton Wulfrun
Sun 6th Glasgow Garage
Tue 8th Dublin Academy
Wed 9th Manchester Academy 2
Thu 10th Southampton Mo’ Club
Biffy Clyro have been confirmed as the first headliners for the 2014 Isle of Wight Festival. The Scottish trio will headline on Friday June 13th.
Other names announced so far Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Passenger, The 1975 and The Waterboys.
The Isle of Wight Festival 2014 takes place from 12th-15th June. Tickets for the festival go on sale from 9am on Thursday 12th December.
The Wonder Years have announced they will be returning to the UK following their appearance at Belgium’s Groezrock Festival next May.
Joining them will be A Loss For Words and State Champs.
The Wonder Years’ Dan “Soupy” Campbell made the following comment:
"We wanted to bring the same family aesthetic and complete bill that we try to create with every US tour to overseas audiences. So, in keeping with that tradition, we decided on long-time friends and genre mainstays in A Loss For Words coupled with one of most exciting new bands in the genre - State Champs. We’re planning on shows that get crowds involved and excited from the first note of the night to the last and believe that this tour is going to bring just that."
6 Solus 2 - Cardiff
7 Institute - Birmingham
8 Scala - London
9 Corporation - Sheffield
10 QMU - Glasgow
11 Fibber Magees - Dublin, Ireland
13 Academy - Liverpool
14 Rescue Rooms - Nottingham
15 The Haunt - Brighton
Lonely The Brave have announced details of their first ever UK headline tour.
26th Glasgow, King Tuts
28th Leicester, Academy 2
30th London, Cargo
31st Aldershot, West End Centre
1st Nottingham, Rock City Basement
4th Southampton, Joiners
5th Leeds, Cockpit
7th Norwich, Open
8th Cambridge, Junction 2
The latest additions to next year’s Groezrock Festival have been announced with the likes of The Wonder Years, Bayside, I Am The Avalanche and The Devil Wears Prada joining the bill for the Belgium festival..
The full list of the latest additions are:
The Wonder Years
Paint It Black
I Am The Avalanche
The Smith Street Band
Atlas Losing Grip
The Devil Wears Prada
All Pigs Must Die
Wisdom In Chains
Devil In Me
Groezrock 2014 takes place on May 2nd and 3rd 2014. Full details can be found here.
Click read more to view the full line-up.
Grimsby-based hardcore punks The Departed have premiered their new video for 'Memories Last' and can be viewed by clicking read more.
The video is made up of touring footage shot over the past year, and the band are expected to announce 2014 dates soon.
Straight Lines will be heading out on a UK tour in March with support coming from Hey Vanity and The People The Poet.
03 London Camden Black Heart
04 Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
05 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
06 Glasgow King Tuts
08 Manchester Sound Control
09 Cardiff Solus 2
Enter Shikari have released a new live CD/DVD called ‘Live In The Barrowland. Dec 2012 (Bootleg Series Vol.5).
The set was filmed at the first of two nights at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom late last year and is available as a 2xCD + 1xDVD set.
The release is available through the bands online store and all copies are signed by the band.
A video of 'Gandhi Mate, Gandhi' from the set can be viewed by clicking read more.