With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
Sean Reid shows us why 'Guilt Show' shouldn't be dismissed.
Unfortunately, due to the untimely illness of Chimaira vocalist Mark Hunter they have had to postpone their entire upcoming UK/European tour, which included a headlining slot at this year’s Takedown Festival in Southampton on Saturday 15th March.
Chimaira made the following comment:
"I’m sorry to say that Chimaira will have to postpone the upcoming European and UK dates. I am extremely sick at the moment with pneumonia and have been advised not to travel for a minimum of two weeks. The last thing we want to do is cancel. We are working to reschedule the shows and will have new dates set up shortly. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we hope to get over there ASAP. - Mark"
However London-based metallers Rise to Remain have been announced as their replacement and will now be headlining the Total Uprawr Stage.
Takedown Festival takes place at Southampton University on March 15th.
Click read more to view the full lineup.
Tomorrow afternoon we will be handing over the reigns of our Twitter account to Harry George Johns from Brawlers who are this weeks “Recommends" featured band.
The Leeds quartet release their fantastic debut EP this week on Alcopop Records and Harry will be taking over the Already Heard Twitter account from 2pm.
Don’t forget to follow Already Heard on Twitter - @AlreadyHeardUK.
'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit' by Brawlers is out now on Alcopop Records.
Marmozets have announced a short run of UK dates that will begin at the end of the month.
31 Newcastle Cluny
01 Birmingham Institute
02 Manchester Deaf Institute
03 London 100 Club
Biohazard will be returing to the UK in August for a run of shows including appearances at Rebellion Festival and Bloodstock Festival followed by headline dates.Aug 9th Rebellion Festival, Winter Gardens, Blackpool w/ Killing Joke, UK Subs, Subhumans and more.
10th Bloodstock Festival, Catton Hall, Derby w/ Carcass, Children of Bodom, Down, Hatebreed, Decapitated and more.
11th Leeds, Brudenhall Social Club
14thNuneaton, Queens Hall
15th London, Camden Underworld
Bristol trio Red Seas Fire have posted the latest preview from their forthcoming 'Confrontation' EP. The preview comes in the form of the bands video for 'The Gold Room'.
The EP is set to be released on 7th April, and the video for 'The Gold Room' can be viewed after the jump below.
Having joined SGR Artist Management, The Catharsis have posted a new video for a track called 'Natural Decline', and can be viewed by clicking read more.
The Catharsis kick off a UK tour today supporting Polar alongside Anave and Zoax.
4th Nottingham, Red Rooms
5th Sheffield, Corporation 2
6th Brighton, Audio
7th Corby, The Zombie Hut
9th Glasgow, Classic Grand 2
10th Manchester, Sound Control
11th Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
12th Norwich, Epic Studios
13th London, O2 Islington Academy 2
Emerging London band The One Hundred have premiered their new single - 'Kingsmen'.
The track is set to be released on May 14th and will follow the bands forthcoming show with Yashin.
1st London, The Borderline (In support of Yashin)
19th Guildford, Boileroom (Headline)
25th Redfest, Surrey
16th Alt-Fest, Kettering
To hear 'Kingsmen', click read more.
Lonely The Brave have post the lyric video for new single 'Trick of the Light', which can be viewed after the jump below.
The track is the latest to be previewed from the bands upcoming debut album ‘The Day’s War’.
Northern punks Bear Trade have revealed details of their debut album, 'Blood And Sand', which is set to be released through Everything Sucks Music on May 5th.
01. Another One For The List
02. Bleedin Heart Trouble
03. If Stoic Was Normal
04. Dolly Mixtures
07. Son of The Manse
08. Nice Boots
10. Not Everything Makes A Noise
11. Don’t Forget You’re Going To Die
12. Dead Leg
A preview of the album can be seen in the form of the bands video for 'Son of The Manse', which can be viewed by clicking read more below.
The album release will be supported by a host of UK dates including shows with Iron Chic.
5 Cambridge Portland Arms
19 Stockton Calling
2 York Woolpack
3 London The Lexington (w/ Toys Thay Kill)
4 Kingston Fighting Cocks (w/ Iron Chic)
5 Newcastle The Cluny (w/ Iron Chic)
6 Edinburgh Teviot (w/ Iron Chic)
7 Manchester Star And Garter (w/ Iron Chic)
8 Bristol The Exchange (w/ Iron Chic)
9 Southampton WTFest
10 Kings Lynn Ye Olde Maydens Heade
16 Leeds Santiagos (w/ Red City Radio)
6 Newport Le Pub
7 Norwich The Owl Sanctuary
Russian Circles have been added to this years ArcTanGent.
Goc O’Callaghan of ArcTanGent made the following comment:
Russian Circles are a great band for us to have as an addition to the line up and we wanted to announce them in a way that will get people excited about coming to ArcTanGent this year. The video teaser is intended to snap our fan base back into the atmosphere of last year’s festival and combine it with the added excitement of Russian Circles being announced for 2014. Working with the guys from 7bitarcade and Laughing Duck Productions to produce a teaser video we’ve managed to capture the vibe of the festival and are able to bring it to back to the punters six months on. For Russian Circles fans this year’s ArcTanGent is not to be missed!”
ArcTanGent takes place at Fernhill Farm, Somerset and will take place from August 28th to 30th. Tickets for ArcTanGent are on sale now and can be purchased here.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves. With its members coming from bands such as Dinosaur Pile-Up, Leftover Crack, Castrovalva and Martyr Defiled, Brawlers have already built a strong following as a result of their raucous live show. Now the quartet are releasing their debut EP; 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', six songs of fun, raw punk that doesn’t take itself too seriously and ends up being one of the best EP’s of the year so far.
As Harry George Johns from the band tells us, 'I Am A Worthless…' has songs about social media and normal everyday situations delivered in a fast, passionate style that comes off with fantastic results.
Expect to see Brawlers on the road a lot over the coming months, with a tour alongside Decade and Only Rivals taking place in May and other shows up and down the country beforehand. We guarantee you’ll soon fall for Brawlers brand of faultless, drunk-infused punk rock.
We caught up with vocalist Harry George Johns to find out how the band came together, discuss Instagram, the Leeds music scene and more.
Already Heard: To begin with can you introduce yourself and your role in Brawlers?
Harry: Of course, I’m Harry and I sing alongside Matthew on guitar, Ant on bass and Tommy on drums in BRAWLERS.
AH: Although you’ve not been together for long, you’re set to release your debut EP in March. How did Brawlers come together?
Harry: Man, we’ve been friends for ages but just circumstantially never really played in bands together. It was kind of weird, you know? Matthew and myself had an idea about merging the sounds of two of our favourite records - the first Strokes record and the self-titled Ramones record - and then Brawlers was born.
AH: How influential was the Leeds music scene in bringing you all together?
Harry: Not at all. The bands we all used to, or also play in, couldn’t be any more different. We’re friends before “band dudes”.
If there is one musical contradiction that is difficult to explain, it’s the ability of a band with little musical ability to become great or hugely successful, while a band made up of musicians with insane levels of technical ability never quite click or hit the big time. Disappointingly Canadain prog-metallers Intervals appear likely to fall into the latter category, at least on the evidence of their debut album ‘A Voice Within’ that is.
Just a few tracks in and it really isn’t hard to notice that the band started out as a purely instrumental act, at times the instrumental tracks appear so busy and excessively intricate that the vocals are made to feel like an afterthought. Indeed on the vast majority of the nine tracks on offer, it sounds like the various musicians are trying so hard to show off their technical abilities that the overall sound comes across as self-indulgent and a little soulless.
Johnny Foreigner have premiered their new video for 'Wifi Beach', which can be viewed after the jump below.
The track is taken from the bands forthcoming record, 'You Can Do Better' which will be released on March 10th via Alcopop Records.
The organisers behind the Radstock Festival have changed altered the lineup to the festival with several bands axed from the festival including Kids In Glass Houses, The Hype Theory, Bleed From Within, Decade and Brutality Will Prevail.
The festival will now split 13 bands from the original line-up and split them across two days.
Nevertheless the likes of Funeral For A Friend, Yashin, Canterbury, Feed The Rhino and Fearless Vampire Killers are scheduled to play.
Original tickets will be valid for both dates at each venue (Liverpool and Newcastle) but refunds are available.
A statement explaining the changes can be found below.
“Radstock 2014 today announces that there are changes to the billing of the festival in Liverpool and Newcastle across the weekend of Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th March.
13 core artists from the original line-up will now be split across the two days, with both cities now hosting two shows each with a rotating bill.
The line-up is as follows:
Saturday 29th March Liverpool / Sunday 30th March Newcastle:
Funeral For A Friend, Feed The Rhino, Hacktivist, Heart Of A Coward, Heights, Rough Hands, and Cytota.
Saturday 29th March Newcastle / Sunday 30th March Liverpool:
Yashin, Canterbury, Fearless Vampire Killers, LostAlone, Verses, and Bentley Park.
Unfortunately, that means a portion of the bands originally advertised are now unable to play the festival, but we’ve done our utmost to retain as many acts as possible and still deliver a bill that our audience will be excited about.
Everyone at Radstock 2014 sincerely apologises for any disappointment and inconvenience this may cause, and appreciates your cooperation and understanding.
We hope that you’ll still enjoy what we think are two great bills of fantastic home-grown music.
Original weekend tickets remain valid for entry to both shows, though any dissatisfied ticket holders are entitled to receive a full refund from their point of purchase.”
A poster of the updated lineup can be viewed by clicking read more.
Modern Baseball are on the verge of big things. They’ve got a brilliant new record out on Run For Cover and tours with The Wonder Years in the US and Real Friends in the UK booked up and ready to go. Being young, emotional, and from Pennsylvania might seem to be the ultimate recipe for success at the moment but of course there’s more to it than that. There’s hard work, absolute dedication, and the ability to pen emotionally all-encapsulating records that need to be checked off too. It’s hard to claim when listening to either of Modern Baseball’s self-recorded full lengths that they’re lacking any of the necessaries.
We gave their latest offering, ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’ a full five marks last month. They made our ones to watch list two years running – not an error, they really can only keep going up in 2014. This is the year they make it to Europe. Touring in May with Real Friends and You Blew It! on what is surely going to be one of the Summer’s best tours. Having exhausted our Google-searched synonyms for best, love, majestic, and yes-please-more-right-now it seemed that all we could do was ask Modern Baseball themselves what they thought about things right now.
So, if you want to know what it’s like writing a hotly anticipated sophomore record for one of the scene’s most consistent labels; what UK bands Modern Baseball are digging right now; or who they’d team up with RHCP/Bruno Mars style to blow your mind, read on.
Already Heard: Hello, Modern Baseball. How’s it going?
Modern Baseball: Suppy, Dawg!
AH: You’ve entered the Billboard 200 at number 84, number one for vinyl; did you ever think you’d be such legitimate pop stars?
MB: Nope! We are just stoked that everyone likes the new record so much!
AH: How did the writing process differ from ‘Sports’ to ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’? Did you feel the pressure of being on such a consistently solid label as Run For Cover or did you take confidence knowing that they were ready to put out your next record?
MB: With ‘Sports’, Jake (the other songwriter) and I had around 25 songs, demoed acoustic, and then after cutting 25 songs down to 12 songs we went into the studio, and almost made everything up as we went along. With ‘YGMIA’ we had 15 songs that we had written acoustic, then we demoed full band then went into the studio with a plan to make sure we could utilize our time to the fullest; something we had trouble with when recording ‘Sports’. Also with ‘YGMIA’ we had the objective of making a second full length, while with ‘Sport’s we had a ton of songs that we wanted to be an album ~ I hope that makes sense haha. As far as RFC, we felt no pressure because they were such welcoming people, though that just made us want to make an even stronger record.