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!


Live Photos: Paramore - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Live Photos: Jimmy Eat World - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Live Photos: Gerard Way - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Live Photos: Dave Hause - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Interview: Neck Deep

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Love them or hate them, Neck Deep are one of 2014’s breakthrough 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. With festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe earlier in the year, they’ve recently returned from two months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

We caught up with the band back on home soil. Having recently supported their idols Blink-182, Already Heard spoke to vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the recent Leeds Festival.

Ben and Fil discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being “leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.

AH: For starters can I get your name and role in the band?
Fil: I’m Fil. I play bass within the band Neck Deep.

Ben: I’m Ben. I sing in the band Neck Deep.

AH: This is your first time at Leeds. What are your expectations?
Ben: Well it’s our first time playing but we’ve attended before so we sort of know what to expect. I know Leeds crowds can be pretty rowdy. I know, if anything, Leeds is the messier half of Reading and Leeds. I’m expecting some rowdiness. I’m just expecting a lot of kids to come down. I’ve seen a few t-shirts knocking around. I think we will have a decent crowd.

Fil: There’s been a lot of build up to it because it’s been so long since we found out, it’s been growing and growing, now we’re here. So it’s like, “Ok, so how many people are actually come and see us?” Originally there was talk of us doing main stage, (and) we decided that wasn’t really for us. We didn’t think our crowd would “get it” on there and it would be too for us.

Ben: Yeah it would be too early for us to get out of bed.

Fil: We thought we would do the ranks at the Lock Up and work our way up. We didn’t want to go straight to the main stage. We’re really looking forward to it.

Ben: I think it’ll be good.

AH: You mentioned you’ve attended previous festivals. What are your memories from them?
Fil: I came to Leeds when the Kings of Leon headlined. It was the year I finished my GCSE’s because I remember my Mum called me with my results whilst I was camping. I did early bird ticket and went mental. So sick! I spent most of my day at the tent we’re playing today; the Lock Up tent. I saw Alexisonfire and Set Your Goals; that was tight.

Ben: I’ve been the past two years. Definitely the first year I came to Leeds Fest was one of the craziest times of my entire life.

Fil: Oh The Prodigy! That was the year I went. That was crazy! I remembered being absolutely lethered watching them. I was so far back but I was going crazy. I was like, “This is the best thing ever.”

Ben: Last year was decent. The first year I didn’t watch that many bands because it was that mental. We just fucked around all day. But last year I did actually go round and watch some bands. Biffy Clyro were sick, Green Day were sick last year. I saw Hacktivist and Eminem. Last year was fucking sick. I’m glad to have experienced from the mental side of it and the musical side of it.

Fil: I’ve only done it the once because it usually falls on my birthday, so I’m usually doing something when its on.

Ben: It’s just a good mix for everyone. It’s a good festival. It’s a really well-balanced line-up.

Fil: You just feel at home.

Ben: Yeah. It feels like this should be our festival in terms of the festival I would choose go to. Like Download is a heavy festival and I like it but sometimes the crowd there are a bit more “rock-orientated.” I think we fit more into this.

Fil: Yeah and it’s the sort of bands and music we like to listen to.

Ben: If there was a festival for us to play in the UK, it would be Reading and Leeds.

AH: Are there any bands you’re wanting to see whilst you’re here?
Fil: Blink obviously. A Day To Remember, Paramore, You Me At Six.

Ben: We miss Arctic Monkeys because we’re staying here tomorrow and then because we’re playing Reading on Sunday and they’re here. So we don’t get to see them which sucks. But yeah Blink, The Wonder Years, Flume. There’s a couple of DJ’s I want to see. There’s some really good bands. I think this is genuinely the best line-up since I’ve been going. If I wasn’t playing this year, I would probably still be here.

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Live Photos: Crossfaith - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Album Review: Plough Lines - Plough Lines EP

imageRemember 90s/00s Baltimore emo crew Cross My Heart? The lads in Manchester’s Plough Lines – comprised of current and former members of Doctrines, Me vs Hero and a host of others – certainly do, as the influence of one of emo’s more intense protagonists looms large over this charged three-song EP.

That said, Plough Lines never sink to the self-loathing depths of their US forefathers, and ensuring the EP clocks in at a svelte 12 minutes, means they don’t outstay their welcome. Thankfully, despite the stylistic similarities to Cross My Heart (and Camber and Christie Front Drive and a myriad of other late 90s emo bands), there’s also enough of an individual identity to ensure ‘Plough Lines’ isn’t some rehash or pastiche of an old sound. The vocals in particular add a surprising edge, veering from dreamy and fuzzed out to urgent and compelling. It’s a clever mix, ensuring Plough Lines stand suitably apart from their peers.

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Live Photos: Chris Ramsey - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Maid of Ace Release New Music Video

Hastings punks Maid of Ace have released a new music video for their song 'Bone Deth'.

The song is found on their self-released self-titled debut album. You can view the video by clicking read more.

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Live Photos: Bipolar Sunshine - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Joshua Burnside Releases Lyric Video for ‘Little Blind’

Experimental folk artist Joshua Burnside has released the official lyric video for his song 'Little Blind'.

The song is taken from last year’s 'If You're Goin' That Way' EP, which is available for free download on his bandcamp.

You can view the video by clicking read more.

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Live Photos: Bill Bailey - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 23/08/2014

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Live Photos: Young Guns - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 22/08/2014

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Live Photos: Tonight Alive - Leeds Festival 2014, Bramham Park - 22/08/2014

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Interview: Me Vs Hero

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In the ever changing music scene, four years between album releases can seem like a lifetime, however for North West pop-punks Me Vs Hero, they’ve come through a troublesome time which saw members come and go and lead vocalist Sam Thompson becoming homeless for a brief time. Now they’re back on their feet and with a new album, 'I'm Completely Fine', and with a UK tour nearing ever closer, we thought it’d be a good time catch up with the band.

The new record is more focused yet has that distinctive pop-punk sound that Me Vs Hero have honed over the years. Lyrically it takes a more thoughtful route, which is fully understandable considering Thompson’s recent struggles. Nevertheless 'I'm Completely Fine' is a throughly boisterous album that sees Me Vs Hero pick up where they left off.

Senior Editor Sean Reid recently caught up with Sam and guitarist Bobby Pook following their appearance at the Hevy Fest where he quizzed them about the new record. The pair obliged and discussed the making of 'I'm Completely Fine' in great detail.

AH: Can I get your names and role in the band?
Sam: My name is Bobby Pook and play the guitar.

Bobby: My name is Sam Thompson and I am the best vocalist in the entire world.

Sam: Aww you little…

AH: So this is your return to Hevy. You first played here in 2011. How does it feel to be back here?
Bobby: Good. It feels great. I like this festival even though it’s small; it’s still good though. It gets a lot of the bands who wouldn’t get on the other festivals. It’s a cool thing.

AH: How did your set go earlier?
Bobby: I think it went well.

Sam: Yeah it was good. For us its the first time we’re playing a lot of new songs , so besides the fact that we set off at 7 this morning with no sleep because we both work long hours.

Bobby: We basically had no sleep.

Sam: But apart from being really tired and a little ill, we enjoyed it. It’s a nice day and we played the main stage, which had a lot of space.

AH: I’m guessing this is the start of the album cycle?
Bobby: Yeah it’s easing us into it.

AH: What can you tell us about the album ('I'm Completey Fine')?
Sam: It’s new but old. We started writing it like four years and probably finish 2 years ago. It’s taken awhile to get it out.

Bobby: We’ve grown older, so Sam’s lyrics are a lot more mature.

Sam: Yeah the first album was literally lyrics about anything.

Bobby: There has definitely been a lot more thought into it. It makes you prouder of the final product.

Sam: I was sitting in a coffee shop trying to write lyrics when I had no home to go to. It’s more about the sort of struggles we’ve gone through and we go through as people in life. It actually means something. They are relatable to us, wheather they are relatable to anyone else I don’t know.

AH: You mentioned the four year gap between releases. So did you start writing four years ago?
Bobby: It was slow paced. We started writing a couple of songs four years ago then it was a really slow pace. Dee, our drummer left, then it was finding a new drummer and teaching him the new songs and starting back from scratch.

Sam: Our guitarist Ross left.

Bobby: So we got a new guitarist then that happened again. So it was a struggle but we did it and we’re proud of the final product.

AH: How have Grant and Simon fitted into the band? Have they settled in?
Bobby: Yeah. They’re both great. Simon is a great drummer and Grant is a fantastic guitarist. To be honest it is the best we’ve soudned live for years.

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