On Monday November 3rd, Midland hardcore punk band We Fight Like Kids release their
debut EP, 'Superficial Behaviour'. However we're premiering their new video for 'Falconer'
right here on Already Heard.
For Scottish quartet Alburn, their latest EP ('Mouthful of Glass') has been a longtime coming. Having undergone a slight line-up since their formation in 2007, 'Mouthful of Glass'
showcases a significant amount of growth and maturity. We spoke to Pete Duthie to ask him about the bands background, that inevitable Brand New comparison, the Scottish music
scene and more.
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.
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.
There’s nothing like a touch of nostalgia to help make the listener warm to a band, and if that’s anything to go by anyone who listens to ‘Hungry Ghost’, the latest from Australia’s Violent Soho, should instantly like it as the band do their level best to channel basically every band you ever loved from the early nineties over the course of the record.
From the get go the Nirvana meets early Blink sound is a joy to behold, with opener ‘Dope Calipso’ sounding curiously reminiscent to the massively under-rated sound of Box Car Racer. There’s no point trying to avoid it, but the intentionally off key nasal vocals are strikingly similar to those of a certain Mr T DeLonge meaning that further comparisons to his bands are inevitable and, also, that consequently the vocal aspects of Soho Underground will be either instantly loved or hated by most listeners.
Moving on, ‘Lowbrow’ is an unashamedly good fun grunge romp that sees the Aussie mob crank the distortion to full and smash the bejesus out of some powerchords on a track just begging to be bounced around to. Further nineties influences rear their heads throughout the song with elements of Smashing Pumpkins and early Offspring being fairly prominent. Next ‘Covered in Chrome’ staggers delightfully from an understated vocally driven number to a wall of sound in your face rager before things get brooding and expansive on the intro to ‘Saramona Said’ before easing into a classic slice of lo-fi garage indie.
After announcing their second EP last week, Inherit The Stars have posted the first track from 'Beyond The Beacons'.
The track is called 'On Our Own' and can be streamed by clicking read more.
'Beyond The Beacons' is released on December 8th.
Eastbourne rock quartet City Of Ashes have released their new video for 'Masks' and can be viewed after the jump below.
They also kick off a UK tour today.
30th Lady Luck, Canterbury
03th Static, Swansea
04th Rock Fuel Club, Cardiff
07th The Shed, Leicester
09th Lomax, Liverpool
10th Think Tank, Newcastle
11th Retro Bar, Manchester
15h The Haunt, Brighton
Rising alternative rockers Orchard Hill are set to preview their debut EP with a free UK tour in December.
The quartet will play 4 shows with the entry for each date being free. Support comes from Autumn Run and For The Girl
14th O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
15th Academy 3, Manchester
17th O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
18th O2 Academy Islington 2, London
In additional news, Orchard Hill will release a new single called 'Make It Out Alive' on October 6th.
Following from premiering his new music on Already Heard this past summer, Arthur Walwin has announced his Autumn UK tour.The tour is in support of his new single release, 'Bad', which is due for release mid-October.
23rd Buskers, Dundee
27th The Garage London
29th Static, Swansea
30th Tiki Bar, Plymouth
31st Prince of Wales, Chatham
2nd The Maze, Nottingham
Scottish emo alt rockers Bear Arms are set to unleash their debut album 'Strength and Conviction' next month (October 20th) through Struggletown Records, and to give fans a preview of what to expect, they’ve posted a new song.
The new track is called 'Innate' can be streamed on Big Cheese or by clicking read more.
It would be very easy to open up this review by talking about how the average age of Marmozets is lower than all other bands at their level. It would be just as easy as well to explain that the band waited on record deals until finally signing with Roadrunner. However, none of that specifically factors into writing a brilliant debut record. They’re just used as evidence to justify all astonishment when people first wrap their ears around ‘The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets’.
I remember reviewing ‘Passive Aggressive’ back when this site was just starting out; riffs, melodies and plenty of potential. I’ve always like technical stuff, so I did like Marmozets. But now, with the band’s debut LP, I love them. I think the right way I can describe them is ‘Pop-Mosh’. Hold on a minute there sunshine and hear me out.
For Buckinghamshire pop rock trio Ocasan they decided to take a different route with their latest album. Entitled 'Elixir', they decided to release in over a series of three EP’s and they’ve just released the final instalment - 'Confessions'.
Whilst 'London Town' and 'Whitey Two Step' came off as upbeat and, to an extent, light hearted, 'Confessions' takes a more direct alt rock approach with the title track, along with songs such as 'Invincible' and 'Dark Cloud' coming across as more edgy than previous releases.
Despite completing the 'Elixir' series, Ocasan have already begun work on their next record. We hope it picks up where 'Confessions' left off; big choruses and strong riffs endlessly on repeat.
To find out more about 'Confessions' and 'Elixir', Already Heard spoke to drummer Luke McDonnell. He discussed the advantage of releasing new music regularly, how the concept came together and more.
Already Heard: Hi. Can you introduce yourself and your role in Ocasan?
Luke: My name’s Luke, I’m the drummer in Ocasan. Like many other bands out there I also do the artwork, music videos, tour managing, songwriting, merchandise etc etc. There aren’t enough hours in the day but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
AH: The band has been together since 2007. Can you give us a brief history about Ocasan?
Luke: We met in Bath in a rehearsal studio and began writing immediately. We’ve probably written enough material to release about 8 albums now. We’ve officially released 2 solid records that we’re very proud of. We’ve toured around the world and had some of the most insane experiences together.
Having lived all over the country we’re now based above the Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes. We live in the hotel above the bar and help out with the recording studio and music venue that are all part of the mighty Craufurd empire! This place is the nuts, there’s never a dull moment - I strongly recommend a visit.
AH: 'Confessions' is the final part of a three EP series called 'Elixir'. Can you tell us how the concept came together?
Luke: We decided to release it this way in order for fans to slowly digest the whole album over a year. This way every song has its chance to shine.
The model has worked really well and not only has our exposure rocketed but we’ve sold 10 times as many units compared with releasing it as one solid record.
Next week Bristol quartet Flights release their debut full-length, 'History be Kind' (via Scylla Records) however the band have launched a full stream ahead of its release.
Fans can check out the album by clicking read more or heading over to Rock Sound.
Southampton’s one day, alternative rock music event, Takedown Festival, will return in 2015 on Saturday 7th March.
Early Bird tickets go on sale this Friday, 3rd October, priced at just £20 (£22 including aftershow party) from takedownfestival.co.uk.
With just over a month away until the release of their new album, Heart In Hand have shared a new song called 'Poison Pen Letters'.
The lyric video for the track can be viewed by clicking read more, and comes from the album entitled 'A Beautiful White' which is released through SOAR/Century Media on November 3rd.
Heart In Hand will also be touring with The Amity Affliction, Buried in Verona and Napoleon in November.
28th Birmingham Institute
29th Glasgow Classic Grand
30th Manchester Gorilla
1st Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
2nd London O2 Islington Academy
Today Natives kick off their UK tour supporting Blitz Kids, and to mark the occasion they’ve premiered the video for 'The Horizon'.
It is the third single to be lifted from the bands 'Indoor War' album, and can be viewed by clicking read more.
Guitarist Jack Fairbrother made the comment about the video:
"With ‘The Horizon’ we wanted to do something different to our previous videos. We had the initial idea of a cowboy experiencing a vibrant British town like Blackpool for the first time which we really liked the juxtaposition of. Together with Duncan Howsley we turned this into the final concept, a video about both the wonders and fears of exploring something new - about being young and sneaking out of your house and into the big city without your parents permission!"
30 Plymouth White Rabbit
01 Southampton Talking Heads
02 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
03 Nottingham Basement
04 Manchester Sound Control
05 Glasgow Cathouse
06 Liverpool East Village Arts Club
07 Leeds Cockpit
09 London Garage
10 Birmingham Asylum
Singer songwriters Rob Lynch and Front Porch Step will be teaming up for a co-headline tour of the UK in January, with Allison Weiss completing the line-up.
Thu 22 Joiners, Southampton
Fri 23 Gwdihw, Cardiff
Sat 24 Borderline, London
Sun 25 Start & Garter, Manchester
Mon 26 Red Room, Nottingham
Tues 27 Audio, Glasgow
Wed 28 Think Tank, Newcastle
Thu 29 Key Club Leeds
Fri 30 Asylym, Birmingham
Sat 31 All Saints Church, Kingston
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 1st October and can be purchased here.
Funeral For A Friend have revealed they will be releasing their new album, 'Chapter and Verse' through Distiller Recordson 19th January, 2015.
The first single from the album, 'You’ve Got A Bad Case of The Religions’ was premiered on the BBC Radio One Rock Show this past weekend and can be streamed by clicking read more below.
1 Stand By Me For The Millionth Time
2 You’ve Got A Bad Case Of The Religions
3 Pencil Pusher
4 You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself
6 After All These Years…Like A Lightbulb Going Off In My Head
7 Modern Excuse Of A Man
11 The Jade Tree Years Were My Best
In additional news, the Welsh quintet will be heading out on a UK tour in January.
15 Bristol, The Fleece
16 Birmingham, Institute
17 Manchester, Gorilla
18 Glasgow, King Tuts
19 Newcastle, Riverside
20 Leeds, University
22 London, Electric Ballroom
23 Southampton, 1865
As part of the 'Original Penguin Plugged In' series, We Are Scientists recently played a show alongside Twin Atlantic at The Hospital Club in London.
A video of the New York band performing 'Make It Easy' can be viewed by clicking read more.