Already Heard
INTERVIEW: NECK DEEP
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece
haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
FIVES: MUST HEAR SEPTEMBER 2014 RELEASES
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
INTERVIEW: LONELY THE BRAVE
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
INTERVIEW: NECK DEEP
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece
haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
FESTIVAL PREVIEW: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVAL 2014 - 20 MUST-SEE ACTS
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.
HEVY FEST 2014
Check out our full coverage from this years Hevy Fest right here!


Interview: The Front Bottoms

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For New Jersey indie-folk-punk band The Front Bottoms, the UK is quickly becoming a second home to them. There currently headline tour is their sixth trip back to these shores in 12 months.

Having previously played over here with Brand New and The Presidents of the United States of America, the quartet are back for another headline run which sees them taking out Canadian punk rockers PUP as support.

However before the tour kicked off, we spoke to The Front Bottoms vocalist Brian Sella at the Leeds Festival where he discussed the tour, their recent 'Rose' EP and plans for their third record.

AH: So you’re back in the UK once again. Is this the third time in 12 months?
Brian: Actually this will be the sixth time in 12 months. It’s pretty unreal.

AH: How does it feel back to be back in the UK again?
Brian: It’s amazing. I don’t want to say like it’s coming home but it’s coming back and seeing a bunch of friends you haven’t seen in a long time.

AH: A second home?
Brian: Yeah exacly. It’s great.

AH: This is your first time at Leeds and Reading. How are you finding it so far?
Brian: It’s amazing, although the rain just started so I might change my opinion as soon as I leave this tent. Yesterday was incredible at Reading. I’m excited for Leeds.

AH: What were your expectations beforehand? What did you know about the festival?
Brian: I knew there was going to be a lot of energy. That is what everyone kept telling me, it was going to be insane but nothing was able to describe the way it felt to get on stage. When we played it felt like a million people but it was actually three thousand people underneath this tent. A lot of people singing the words and having a good time so it was very exciting.

AH: Last time you were here for Hit the Deck Festival and the Brand New tour dates. What have you been up to since? I know you’ve toured with Say Anything back in the States.
Brian: Yeah. So we got back home from the Brand New tour and went on tour with Say Anything for 2 months then got home for a week or two, now we’re back here again. It’s good to stay busy.

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Album Review: King 810 - Memoirs Of A Murderer

imageThey say that all press is good press, so I guess when two members of Flint, Michigan’s King 810 were arrested this past June on assault charges ahead of their Download Festival appearance, could be considered just that - good press. Nevertheless this debut record, 'Memoirs Of A Murderer' has been something many have been waiting for quite sometime. Their hometown is dominated by various problems a high murder rate, plenty of poverty, a tiny police presence, and tons of violence. So it’s no surprise frontman David Gunn paints a bleak picture over the course of 16 tracks.

From the outset of 'Kill ‘Em All', Gunn takes us on a personal and disturbing journey through his past and chosen lifestyle, one that is seemingly dominated by gun crime and gang warfare. It makes 'Memoirs Of A Murderer' an uncomfortable listen. It’s a challenging record, especially at over an hour long.

From the pounding, chugging early tracks (‘Best Nite of My Life’ and 'Murder Murder Murder') to the three part 'Anatomy' spoken monologues, to the winding 'Boogeymen', there is somehow plenty to keep you listening but not for the right reasons. It’s a record filled with so much angst and melodrama, it’s nearly unbearable to listen to.

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Album Review: Hunter Ellis - The Healing Power of Laughing

Multi-instrumentalists; I am amazed that such individuals have the skills, the passion, and the capacity, to release albums all of their own making. Are they multi-armed sorcerers from another dimension? I assume so. When the record in question is consistently well made, then you’ve got the concrete evidence which proves they are other worldly beings. L.A. based instrumental “sorcerer” Hunter Ellis is a fine example of this breed of musician. After spending several years since 2003 with various bands including My Dads, The Coma Lilies and Horders, Ellis started writing ‘The Healing Power of Laughing’ in 2010, recording it over several years with help from friends and musicians. Now, after several years of hard work, the album has seen the light of day in 2014, and it is an interesting listen of flavoursome marvels.

Ellis successfully blends jazz, progressive structures and folk frailty into a serenely grand soundtrack. Imagine yourself being locked in your own bedroom on a relaxing Sunday afternoon, yet all the while your ears play tricks on you through various musical tinkerings. The opening title track explains everything that is going to happen on this musical journey rather well. Guitar notes pick at your brain and violins sear through a warm aura of bass and drums, creating a wondrous atmosphere. ‘Eat Rotten Fruit’ ponders itself in mysterious bluesy lounge jazz meets prog ambiance. The full band cover of Aphex Twin’s ‘Fingerbib’ is fleshed out into a real world setting, making it sound endearingly human. A personal highlight is the slow electronic build on ‘Master of Your Domain’, morphing from digital bubbles to a percussive gold mine.

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Live Photos: The Bulletproof Bomb - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Live Photos: The Front Bottoms - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Live Photos: Basement - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 24/08/2014

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Live Photos: Bloody Knees - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 24/08/2014

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Live Photos: Brutality Will Prevail - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 24/08/2014

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Already Heard Recommends: Homebound

With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. The six-song collection sees the Farnham five-piece mix elements of their influences (The Story So Far, New Found Glory, Neck Deep) with youthful exuberance and pride.

As they gear up for their first tour supporting “AH Recommends” alumni As It Is and Like Torches later this month, we spoke to Homebound. They discussed the importance of a debut release, the comeback of pop-punk.

Already Heard: Hello! Can you tell us who you are and what you do in Homebound?
Homebound: Hi our current line up stands as;
Charlie - Vocals
Tom - Guitar
Chris - Guitar
Joe - Bass
Sam - Drums

AH: Lets start with an easy one. What’s the story so far with Homebound?
Homebound: Well we have always been interested in music and all of us played in local bands through our teens, with 4/5 of us being in a metal band previously, but we weren’t very successful… or good to be fair.

Homebound started after an absence of us being in bands, on a night of drinking we developed the idea of starting something new. After getting hooked on ‘Under Soil and Dirt’ by The Story So Far, plus being pop-punk fans for many years, we decided that was the way to go. We have had a year of a lot of up and downs, changes of members, poor gigs and overall, it amounts to a lot of lessons that have positively moulded the band into what it is now.

AH: I understand you spent a year writing the EP. How vital is it for a band like Homebound to get their debut release right?
Homebound: Well a large part of our extensive writing was down to the fact we wanted to make the best first impression to everyone. We saw this EP as a way of introducing ourselves to the scene and we didn’t want to leave people with a bad taste in their mouths. We had a lot of ups and downs along the way of writing this EP which all helped and hindered the process, but at the same time the EP would not be what it is without these situations occurring. It was a lot of hard work having to persevere with the wait, as we were so anxious and excited to get this EP out, but knew we had to spend the time that was required before we were happy to record it.

For us it was something that we were focused on getting right, I think as any band out there we just wanted to make sure we released something that made people wanna come back for more.

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Live Photos: Don Broco - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 24/08/2014

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Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Live Photos: Gnarwolves - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 24/08/2014

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Totem Skin to Tour the UK

imageSwedish hardcore sextet Totem Skin will be touring the UK for a short slew of dates this month as part of their European tour.

You can catch the band at the following shows:

September
6th This Is Your Last Chance to Dance Fest, Brighton
7th Tiki Bar, Plymouth w/ Tendrils, Grim Existence + Carcinoma
8th Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Liverpool w/ Black Code, Skitvärld, Siege Mentality + Project Mess
9th The Old Blue Last, London (free show) w/ Let It Die + Charlotte Light and Dark

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Live Photos: Lesser Key - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 24/08/2014

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Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Body Hound Announce UK Shows with Employed to Serve and OHHMS

Body Hound have announced three UK shows with Employed to Serve and OHHMS this October.

You can catch all three bands on the following dates:

October
24th The Bracket, Margate w/ Cosmic Thoughts, Harrowed
25th TBA
26th The Lughole, Sheffield

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Roughneck Riot Posts ‘All That We Know’ Session Video

With their new album ('Out Of Anger') set to be released on 13th October, Warrington folk punks Roughneck Riot recently filmed an acoustic video for 'All That We Know'.

The session video can be viewed by clicking read more.

September
25th Yorkshire House, Lancaster
27th Bannermans, Edinburgh
28th The Black Bull, Gateshead
29th The Pack Horse, Leeds
October
1st- Venue TBA, Leicester
2nd The Maze, Nottingham
4th- Lock Stock and Barrel Festival, Burton
9th Venue TBA, Reading
10th Venue TBA, Plymouth
11th The Lower George, Gloucester
12th The Adam and Eve, Birmingham
23rd Lady Luck, Canterbury

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