On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
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.
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.
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. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
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.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
Swedish pop punks Future Idiots are streaming their new song 'Stranglehold'.
This is the first track to be released from their upcoming new album, coming this Autumn via Pacific Ridge Records. It will be available to purchase on the 23rd September.
Click read more to listen to the new song.
Chris Farren, lead vocalist/guitarist of Fake Problems, has announced a solo UK tour this November.
The tour will cover the following dates:
20th The Ball Room, Canterbury
21st Santiago Bar, Leeds
22nd The Star & Garter, Manchester
23rd Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
25th Chameleon Arts Centre, Nottingham
26th Le Pub, Newport
29th Banquet Records Store, Kingston (matinee)
29th The Montague Arms, London
30th The Joiners, Southampton
Chris Cresswell, lead vocalist/guitarist of Canadian punks The Flatliners, has announced his solo album 'One Week'.
The album is due for release on the 14th October via Fat Wreck Chords and Joey Cape’s new label One Week Records. It features 10 acoustic songs recorded by Cresswell over a week.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. 'Meet Me in the Shade'
2. 'Little Bones'
4. 'One Hundred'
5. 'Concrete Dialogue'
6. 'San Ysidro'
7. 'Arrythmic Palpitations'
9. 'On the Day That You Died'
10. 'Merely a Man'
Brutality Will Prevail have announced they will embark on a UK headline tour this December.
The tour is in support of their latest album 'Suspension of Consciousness', released earlier this year via Siege of Amida and Century Media. Support will come from Devil in Me and War Charge.
15th Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
16th Epic Studios, Norwich
17th The Borderline, London
18th Corporation, Sheffield
19th Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
20th Sound Control, Manchester
21st Joiners, Southampton
In 2014 we’ve seen quite a lot of Michigan’s We Came As Romans. Having kicked off the year touring with Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale and Palm Reader, they were back in the UK for Download in June and most recently they were back once again for the Reading and Leeds Festival.
We caught up with the band at the Leeds Festival, and with the release of their new live DVD, 'Present, Future, and Past', being imminent at the time, we questioned Andy, Lou and Joshua about the release, playing Reading and Leeds for the first time and their US headlining tour. The trio also discussed the importance of staying in fans consciousness whilst trying to write a new record.
AH: For starters can we get your name and role in the band?
Andy: I’m Andy and I play bass.
Lou: I’m Lou. I play guitar.
Joshua: I’m Joshua and I plasy the other guitar.
AH: This is your first time at Leeds and Reading. How are you finding it so far?
Andy: It’s awesome. Lots of friends on the same bill and everything like that. It’s cool running into everyone and saying “hi.” The kids yesterday were awesome. Overall it should be a good time.
AH: What did you know about the festival before you came over?
Joshua: I don’t think we knew a lot other then that’s massive. Being from the States and to hear of festivals overseas you know nothing about but you know the name, the headliners and it’s obvious that the festival must be huge if Paramore and Blink-182 are headlining. It’s insane to be part of it. We played Download earlier this year, and that was our first really big UK festival, people were like “oh man if you guys like Download, Reading and Leeds is going to be sick!” Yesterday was really awesome. The fact we get to do it two days in a row is pretty awesome.
Lou: It’s insane to say we’re playing the same festivals with some of the bands we grew up listening to, that we idolise.
AH: I talk to a lot of American bands and it seems the whole European festival scene seems very different to the States?
Joshua: Yeah I honestly feel like over here you get catered to a little bit better. It’s pretty cool. Kids in the States are awesome. A lot of bands don’t get the chance to come over here, so when they do kids intend to go a little more nuts as they don’t know if it’ll be the last time they come over here. Overall I enjoy both. Coming over here is a treat.
Andy: The whole way festivals are run over here with catering, backstage areas. In mainland Europe too we did a bunch of those this summer, last summer and the summer before that, it’s awesome. They build little cities back there. Behind our stage right now there is like trailers that are green rooms. Every band has their own little house, and you just hang out all day then you go and play an awesome show. It’s great.
AH: Have you had chance to see any bands yesterday or today?
Andy: We saw Architects yesterday.
Lou: We had to leave Mice played. We will definitely see them tonight.
Joshua: They’re good friends of ours. We’ve toured together when they were just starting out, and we were too. Yesterday we had a ton of press, we were there for three hours. We decided to do this whole thing ourselves. We only had one crew guy with us, then after that we were all setting up all our own stuff at the stage. It’s kinda cool. It’s fun. It’s something we haven’t done in awhile. It’s cool to see your hard work pay off. You have a great show and then you’re like “I actually did all that. I loaded all my stuff on stage. I restrung my guitar.” Thankfully in the States we’re blessed enough to tour with a crew in a bus and it’s great. We’ve worked for six years now to get to that point, and to throw it back a little bit where we’re doing all the work ourselves is rewarding.
Andy: I like doing it too.
Joshua: It’s cool to be hands-on again because sometimes you’re on the road all the time for like three months at a time, and we will be like “I don’t care. I wanna go home. I’m over it. I’ve been doing it for two weeks straight.” But now it’s cool to be hands-on with everything.
Recently, we’ve seen numerous metalcore vocalists take new directions in the music that they create. In this year alone, we’ve seen artists such as Josh Scogin, who ended The Chariot to soon form ’68, who then release their debut album ‘In Humor and Sadness’. Alongside this, we have Caleb Shomo, who after Attack Attack!, went on to form Beartooth, who recently released ‘Disgusting’. Adding to this inevitably expanding list is Spencer Chamberlain, former vocalist of the now recently defunct band Underoath. Blending a hybrid fusion of rock and electronica, Spencer and co.’s new band Sleepwave is reminiscent of bands like Nine Inch Nails, albeit with a similar brooding rock n roll vibe, which encompasses the majority of the album with negative, angry lyricism.
Which I suppose is where I should start. Following the collapse of Underoath, Spencer Chamberlain explores the emotional fallout of the ending of the band, as well as his own personal conflicts. Right off the bat, with lyrics such as, “If everything was raped and taken from my hands, I’d be just fine” being present on the very first track, it’s clear the album is about to twist and turn on the omnipresent emotional rollercoaster that is ‘Broken Compass’. Songs like ‘Rock and Roll Is Dead And So Am I’ and ‘Repeat Routine’ have Spencer mournfully contemplating his life, which offering allusions to thoughts of his old band, as well as the desperation to leave his old metalcore persona behind.
Groezrock Festival has announced the dates for next year’s edition, which will take place on the 1st and 2nd May 2015.
The festival’s organisers are also asking people who they would like to see play the Belgian punk and hardcore festival next year. You can take part by filling in this form here.
Atlantan duo '68 have announced a UK tour this December in support of their debut album 'In Humor and Sadness', released a few months ago via eOne Entertainment and Good Fight Music.
The band will perform on the following dates:
5th Rock City Basement, Nottingham
6th The Underground, Plymouth
7th The Key Club, Leeds
8th Classic Ground, Glasgow
9th O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
10th O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
11th Sound Control, Manchester
12th Audio, Brighton
13th The Exchange, Bristol
14th The Borderline, London
15th Fibbers, York
16th Joiners, Southampton
17th O2 Academy 2, Oxford
Remember when Frank Turner was fun? Before being seduced by Shakespeare and Dylan, he wrote good old-fashioned songs about drinking and friendship, and that’s exactly what Rob Lynch’s debut is about – albeit slightly better and considerably more whiskey soaked.
In fact, 'All These Nights in Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul' draws comparisons with drinking itself; there are the happy-go-lucky moments of positivity, moments of doubt and introspection, and bold declarations to be a better person. All that’s missing is a morning-after inspired track.
'All These Nights in Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul' is filled with sing-along anthems, the kind best enjoyed with friends and beers. It’s refreshing to hear a relatable album than eschews the salvation of love for the salvation that comes from friendship and family. The album begins with ‘31/32’ which sums up the spirit of the album declaring that “tonight we forget our problems and in the morning we can work them out’, setting the tone for 'All These Nights in Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul'. For those who’ve seen Rob Lynch live before, tracks like ‘My Friends and I’ and the ridiculously infectious ‘Hand Grenade’ will be familiar, except they’ve been refined and polished, crossing the line from good to great songs. ‘My Friends and I’ also features a surprise guest vocal from Transit’s Joe Boyton, giving it a touch of cross-Atlantic authenticity and justifying its re-inclusion.
We’re all guilty of making first impressions and judging books by their covers from time to time, so when you’re faced with a band like Motionless In White who have a very prominent aura about them it’s tempting to just brush them off if it isn’t your cup of tea. The band are gearing up to release their follow up to 2012’s ’Creatures’ in the form of sophomore full-length ’Reincarnate’. We turn up the volume and prepare to embrace the quintet’s brand of goth metalcore.
The haunting and aptly named ’Death March’ opens the record, a dark number that blends metalcore chugs with eerie electronics. As much as this combination works, it’s been done before and the addition of the Marilyn Manson style vocals doesn’t do the band any massive favours. Title track ’Reincarnate’, however, offers a glimmer of hope; with an undeniably catchy chorus that features clean vocals, this is a side of Motionless In White that we could get used to.
The big choruses return in the likes of ’Unstoppable’ and ’Everybody Sells Cocaine’ (we weren’t sure on the title either). These sorts of tracks feature boisterous riffs and savage percussion with rockier, more accessible choruses and the quintet display a real musical ability; there just appears to be a lack of focus. Comparing them to the bullet-speed, brutally heavy ’Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale)’ featuring Dani Filth there’s a little too much variation on the record.
Post punks Hookworms have announced they will embark on a UK tour starting next month.
The tour will be in support of their upcoming album 'The Hum', due for release on the 10th November through Weird World (via Domino Records). Kogumaza will be supporting them on selected dates. The band have also released another new song from the LP, entitled 'On Leaving'.
25th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
26th Queen’s Social Club, Sheffield*
27th The Kazimier, Liverpool
28th Tufnell Park Dome, London*
29th Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff*
30th Start the Bus, Bristol*
31st Cluny 2, Newcastle*
1st Simple Things Festival, Glasgow*
19th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (album launch show)*
* w/ Kogumaza
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Kent instrumentallers Upcdownc have recently released a music video each for their tracks 'The Black Sea' and 'Brown Volvo'.
The former is available on their latest album 'Black Sea', which came out last year via Field Records. Meanwhile, the latter song is available on their new EP 'The Black Sea' via bandcamp. Furthermore, the track will also be appearing on the soundtrack for the film 'Faster Than Evil'.
You can view both videos by clicking read more.
Kent rock quartet Iris have confirmed their debut full-length, 'Something To Live For' will be released on 20th October through Engineer Records.
2. Something To Live For
3. Roll The Dice
5. Lights At Ten
7. Second Best
9. Be Something Better 10. All The Good Time
The videos for 'Haunted', 'Lights At Ten' and 'Second Best' can be viewed by clicking read more.
On paper Papa Roach aren’t your typical Reading and Leeds Festival band, so it’s no surprise their appearance on the main stage last month was their first time playing it since 2001.
Back then they were one of the hottest new names in the “nu-metal” world, but in the years since the quartet have become a mammoth hard rock band with the songs to match. In recent years they’ve made a smattering of UK appearances, so when they played on the main stage at Leeds Festival, it wasn’t something to miss.
Having thoroughly delivered on their return to Leeds Festival earlier in the day, we grabbed a quick word with bassist Tobin Esperance where he discussed the band’s return to the festival, taking a different approach at a festival and more importantly, the band’s new album.
AH: First of all can I get your name and role in the band?
Tobin: Yo! I’m Tobin and I’m the bass player in Papa Roach.
AH: This is your first time back at Leeds Festival since 2001. How does it feel to be back here?
Tobin: It feels great. We had a really good show and we made a lot of new fans, playing in front of a different kind of audience because we’ve been doing a lot of different festivals like Download and Sonisphere, the more heavier side. This is what we wanted to do this time and it’s really exciting to be back. Finally!
AH: How do you think the set went?
Tobin: I think it went over well. Obviously playing this early is something we’re not used to but I think we warmed them up, then halfway through the set they were going crazy. I don’t think they’re going to forget about us.
AH: You’ve been playing some European shows recently. How have they been?
Tobin: It’s been great. We started a week ago, just doing a quick run. I mean touring Europe and doing the UK is where we have our best shows. We always look forward to coming over. We’re actually coming back in October. We’re doing a tour with In Flames and While She Sleeps. We’re going to be doing Scandinavia, Germany and some other places.
Saskatoon’s Slow Down Molasses are set to play three UK shows in November in support of their upcoming album, 'Burnt Black Cars'.
10th Prince Albert, Brighton (supporting Elliot Brood)
13th The Sebright Arms, London
14th Bloc, Glasgow
'Burnt Black Cars' is set to be released in early 2015, but in the mean time fans can listen to the bands latest single, 'Summer Sun' by clicking read more.