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.
Returning with their first album in six years, 'Balancing' sees Hertfordshire’s The October Game showcase dynamic growth and versatility with a brooding undertone throughout. Already Heard recently spoke to Luke Williams and Nick Kozuch to discuss the album in
more detail; the writing process, its various packages, and working with Scylla Records.
Some bands are haunted by the spectre of post-hardcore’s most pervasive tendencies: a crippling fear of being either too heavy or too poppy. In this fierce internal struggle for street credibility, many bands ultimately resort compromise, that vile stifler of creative progress. Unfortunately, Peterborough quintet We Are Fiction fall victim to this sweeping infection. They are, however, much more willing to shake things up than many a lesser band. That’s not to say that they’ve set their sights on breaking any moulds, but instead seem fully intent on covering the entire palette of songwriting possibilities available within them. For the most part, that youthful enthusiasm for genre exploration is ultimately their salvation on debut album ‘One For Sorrow’.
Looking for a relentless barrage of sexy hooks, catchy choruses? Does a combination of raspy screams and squeaky clean pipes make your metaphorical pants drop? Enjoy the odd breakdown (emphasis on odd; invisible emphasis on ‘actually not as cliché as those murder-inducing copy-paste 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 breakdowns’)? Look no further! We Are Fiction provide the goods, and they’ve even taken the time — so often wasted on breakdowns I expect— into the arrangements. The record is the better for it for even when it falters a little, you’re at least guaranteed not to fall into patterns of repetition, which in turn gives the listener less incentive to turn it off.
Here’s the basic concept behind EP ‘I Surrender Records Presents: Our Voices’. You take a handful of punk and punkish bands ranging from a bit famous to pretty famous, you strip them of their frontmen whom you then get to write and record a track of their own. The offerings are largely acoustic-based, but they all avoid the full-on stripped-down aesthetic and sexify their arrangements with a couple of added instruments. The big selling point is, of course, the presence of eternal adolescent Adam Lazzara (of Taking Back Sunday fame), who is joined by Bayside’s Anthony Raneri, Saves The Day’s Chris Conley and I Am The Avalanche’s Vinnie Caruana.
While it might be the headline of the show, Lazzara’s ‘Because It Works’ is arguably the EP’s weakest moment, which isn’t to say that it’s bad, but that’s it’s emphatically adequate. Lazzara mixes his knack for pop-rock catchiness with a light Dylan-esque folk aesthetic. In truth it has everything of reject Taking Back Sunday track with a harmonica, plus there’s a distinctive laziness in the ad nauseam repetitiveness of the chorus, all of which conspire to make this a rather unsatisfying for those looking for something a little left-wing from the hairy man. Anthony Raneri’s ‘String Me Along’ is a first step forward. Taking the straight-up pop route, the Bayside man unleashes a steady beat and joyous piano. It’s a sugar-coated ride of smiles and friendliness, and the perfect remedy for a bone-shaking cold morning.
Alcopop! have a reputation for releasing albums in unconventional fashions, perhaps one of the reasons why they picked up Best Small Label at this year’s AIM Awards. From the label that brought you Gunning For Tamar’s EP on a watch and Johnny Foreigner’s EP on a frisbee, comes perhaps their wildest gimmick yet - for the bargain price of £300, this compilation can be yours complete with an Alcopop! themed bicycle. Fortunately, it’s available for digital download for those of us who already have bikes/most of their marbles, and not only showcases some new Alcopop! names, but brings us some of the best in up-and-coming British music.
The compilation kicks off with rather more of a punk flavour than one might expect of Alcopop! Records, with Max Raptor kicking things off in fine fettle with 'The King Is Dead' (think a more British Billy Talent), followed by Gnarwolves’ 'Tongue Surfer', a band so ubiquitous you’d have to be hiding at the bottom of the Marianas Trench not to have heard them by now. However, the next two offerings may not be so familiar to the ears of the wider public - Jaws provide a fresh lilt on the kind of style Everything Everything peddle, and two-piece Playlounge thrash through 'Cream Soda', sounding like an even brattier version of the aforementioned Johnny Foreigner.
Blink-182 have been confirmed as the first headliners for the Reading and Leeds Festival 2014. It will be the bands only show of 2014.
Mark Hoppus made the following comment:
"I’m stoked to play Reading & Leeds 2014. It’s our fourth time playing the festivals, and we’re very honoured. The new year will see us in the studio preparing new music, getting ready to rock the fine people of the UK. Prepare for the fury."
Jake Bugg, Disclousre, Metronomy, Of Mice and Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion have also been announced for the festival which takes place from August 22nd to 24th 2014.
The latest issue of Stencil Magazine is available now and features interviews with cover stars Papa Roach along with AFI, New Found Glory, Story of the Year, Mayday Parade, The Word Alive, Polar Bear Club, Stray From The Path, Protest The Hero, The Swellers, Neck Deep and many more.
Issue 22 of Stencil Magazine can be viewed here or by clicking read more.
Skindred have announced a one off event in Wales at the Newport Centre called 'The Newport Helicop-Tour' with special guests The Blackout. The show will take place on 18th March.
Skindred's new album, 'Kill the Power' is released on 27th January.
January (Support comes from SOil and Viza.)
Wed 22nd Norwich, University of East Anglia
Thurs 23rd Southampton, Mo Club
Fri 24th Nottingham, Rock City
Sat 25th Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
Sun 26th Middlesbrough, Empire
Mon 27th Glasgow, O2
Wed 29th Sheffield, Leadmill
Thurs 30th Bristol, O2 Academy
Fri 31st Cambridge, The Junction
Sat 1st London, The Forum
Sun 2nd Manchester, Academy
18th Newport, Newport Centre
We Are The In Crowd will be returning to the UK early next year for a headline tour in support of their new album, 'Weird Kids' which is released on 18th February through Hopeless Records.
Support comes from Neck Deep and Save Your Breath.
29 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
30 Leeds Cockpit
01 Glasgow Garage
02 Newcastle Upon Tyne Newcastle University
03 Liverpool O2 Academy 2
05 Manchester Manchester Academy 2
06 Birmingham O2 Academy 2
07 Bristol Fleece
08 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
10 London Koko
Dinosaur Pile-Up have confirmed Jim Cratchley, formerly of Tribes as their new bass player.
In additional news, the trio have announced their biggest ever UK date with a show at London’s Scala on 18th February.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Taking Back Sunday have announced a one-off intimate UK show at London’s KOKO on 26th February.
Tickets are priced £20.00 and go on sale on Friday December 6th at 9am.
Vocalist Adam Lazzara made the following comment:
"We can’t wait to get back over to London! We’ve been caught up making the new record and didn’t get to tour very much this year so we are looking forward to playing in as many places in 2014 as we can. Our fans in the UK have always made us feel very welcome and we can’t wait to play some of the new songs over there.”