Already Heard
As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release, 'Rented World,' one of the
highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. In parts, it picks up where 2012's 'On The
Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. We recently spoke to Greg Barnett to discuss the album, the pressure of following up 'On The Impossible Past', their forthcoming London show and the Grozerock Festival.
Despite only forming last year, Essex rockers New City Kings have already gathered plenty of attention from their debut EP - 'Change.' Their radio-friendly rock sound that has seen them compared to a range of bands; Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Already Heard spoke to Mark Kovic to find out more about New City Kings.

With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the
focus on Alkaline Trio. Self-confessed Trio MEGA fan Jay Sullivan tells us why 'From
Here to Infirmary' is the band’s finest work. Whilst Alex Phelan explains how 'Maybe
I'll Catch Fire' is a superb example of musical catharsis.
12 months from releasing their debut EP, we speak to Blackpool pop-punk/emo
quintet Boston Manor to discuss their influences, achievements so far and thoughts on their contemporaries.
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
In the latest edition of our "Tour Tales" feature, Irish doom-punk band Hornets talk us
through their recent UK tour where they played 8 shows in 7 days.
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
In the first edition of our new "Industry Insight" feature, we talk to producer Lewis Johns
to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.

Such Sights Premier New Music Video

Sheffield punk/metalcore outfit Such Sights have premiered their new video for 'In Her Name'.

The clip can be viewed by clicking read more, and the track is taken from the bands debut EP, 'Where Hell Begins', which is available now.

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Pretend Happy Release New EP

North Devon emo trio Pretend Happy have released their new EP - 'MMXIII: A Collection of Old Songs'.

The release combines the bands previous two EP’s and is available through Bandcamp.

'MMXIII: A Collection of Old Songs' can be streamed after the jump below.

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Krokodil Premier Debut Song (‘Shatter’)

UK “supergroup” Krokodil have premiered their first song - 'Shatter'.

The track will be released alongside another song called 'Dead Man’s Path' as part of this Saturday’s Record Store Day. The blue 7” vinyl will be limited to 500 copies, hand numbered by the band, and features exclusive artwork by Krokodil guitarist, Daniel P. Carter.

Krokodil includes members from bands such as Sikth, Cry For Silence, Gallows and Hexes. They are currently working on their debut album, which is expected to be released later this year through Spinefarm.

Hear 'Shatter' by clicking read more.

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Festival Preview: Hit The Deck 2014 - 10 Must-See Bands


As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. The duel-city, multi-venue event will once again be split between Bristol and Nottingham, and once again it promises to be another memorable Easter weekend with a overwhelming line-up.

As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.


Brand New
You have to admit the organisers behind Hit The Deck Festival have outdone themselves in terms of main stage headliners this year by bagging Brand New. Although there’s still no sign of new material, it’s certain that the Long Island, New York band will produce a career-spanning set that will leave festival-goers overwhelmed and more than satisfied. (SR)

Where & When: 20:30 at O2 Academy 1 (Bristol)/ 21:30 at Rock City - Main Hall (Nottingham)

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FIVES: Must Buy Record Store Day 2014 Releases


This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. Since its launch in 2008, Record Store Day has bought together music fans, bands and record stores to celebrate the culture of independent stores by releasing limited, one-day only releases.

Since its inception, Record Store Day has seen a wealth of rare releases on a yearly basis. This years lengthy list includes Green Day, Mastodon, Nirvana, Slipknot, Sikth and many more.

For this edition of "Fives", we’ve took on the tricky task of highlighting five “must buy” Record Store Day 2014 releases. To help us out, we’re pleased to welcome Jon Tolley from Banquet Records as a guest writer.

Jon along with Already Heard's Heather Robertson and Mikey Brown, have picked out 5 essential Record Store Day releases.


Set Your Goals - The Reset Demo: 10 Year Anniversary Edition
Marking ten years since it’s release, it’s the SYG ‘Reset’ demo. A band that means a lot to us, as we put out a split of theirs and helped out on their first tour, the songs on here remain a highlight of the band’s sets ten years later. It gets the RSD treatment through via etched coloured vinyl in a die cut sleeve. Definitely grabbing one of these myself. (JT)

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Moose Blood Sign Worldwide Deal with No Sleep Records

No Sleep Records have signed Canterbury emo/pop punk Moose Blood to a worldwide deal.

The quartet will be entering the studio this week to record their debut full-length album, which is due to be released later this year.

Empress Change Name and Sign To Roadrunner Records

Empress have announced they are changing their name to Empress AD.

The band have also signed to Roadrunner Records and will be released their debut album this summer.

April (supporting Kvelertak)
Thu, 17 Sheffield,The Corporation
Fri, 18 Leeds, The Cockpit 2 
Mon, 21 Manchester, Academy 3 
Tue, 22 Glasgow, The Cathouse
Wed, 23 Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

Sonisphere 2014 Announces Comedians, Wrestlers and Silent Disco

The latest Sonisphere announcement has seen a host of comedians being added to the line-up.

MC – Mat Reed
Fin Taylor
Alfie Brown
Noise Next Door
John Hastings
Andrew O’Neill
John Robertson

MC – Andrew O’Neill
Matt Rees
Pat Cahill
Alfie Brown
Mat Ewins
Rob Deering
Jim Smallman

In additional news to coincide with this years wrestling fancy dress theme, Sonisphere have invited to UK wrestling promotion Progress Wrestling to this years festival.

Finally the return of Silent Arena has been announced and will run a silent disco every night.

Sonisphere 2014 takes place at Knebworth House on 4th – 6th July.

The Hell Join Prosthetic Records and Hold Label Owner “Hostage”

Anonymous UK hardcore band The Hell have signed to Prosthetic Records and will release their new album in July.

The band signed to the label after they took label co-owner E.J. Johantgen “hostage”.

A video announcement can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Darko Preview New EP with ‘Seaward’

Guildford tech-punks Darko have posted a preview of their forthcoming EP with a new song called 'Seaward'.

The EP will be released through Lockjaw Records, and the video for 'Seaward' can be viewed after the jump.

The track can be downloaded on Bandcamp.

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DZ Deathrays Join Infectious Music and Announce 2nd Album Release Date

DZ Deathrays have joined Infectious Music and will release their second album, 'Black Rat' on 18th August.

Sunday 20th Crawford Arms, Milton Keynes **
Monday 21st Boiler Room, Guildford **
Tuesday 22nd Bodega, Nottingham *
Wednesday 23rd Trifinity, Bristol *
Thursday 24th Academy 2, Birmingham *
Friday 25th Concord 2, Brighton *
Saturday 26th Brickyard, Carlise **
Sunday 27th Oran Mor, Glasgow *
Monday 28th Club Academy, Manchester *
Tuesday 29th Waterfront, Norwich *
Wednesday 30th Electric Ballroom, London *
Thursday 1st Sound City, Liverpool **
Friday 2nd The Cockpit, Leeds **
Saturday 3rd Old Blue Last, London **
Sunday 4th The Rafters, Maistone **
* w/ Blood Red Shoes
** w/ Slaves

New Fort Hope Video (‘The Rapture’)

With their mini-album 'Courage' set to be released through LAB Records on May 11th, Fort Hope have premiered their video for 'The Rapture', which can be viewed by clicking read more.

Fort Hope also kick off a UK tour supporting Blitz Kids with I Divide later this month.

21 Leicester, Scholar Bar
22 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
23 Guildford, Boiler Rooms
24 Exeter, Cavern
25 Lincoln, Engine Shed
26 Norwich, Epic Studios
27 Glasgow, Cathouse
28 Hull, Fruit
29 Newcastle, Think Tank
30 Stoke, Sugarmill

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Taking Back Sunday and More Announced for Merthyr Rock

The Merthyr Rock festival will be making its return this summer after taking a year off in 2013.

The one-day event will be headlined by Taking Back Sunday and they will be joined by Anti-Flag, Reel Big Fish and The Blackout.

Merthyr Rock 2014 takes place at Cyfartha Castle in Merthyr Tydfil on Sunday, August 17th.

Tickets are £25 and can be purchased from

Interview: The Menzingers

Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release one of the highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. 2012’s 'On The Impossible Past' received widespread acclaim from critics, something which the band didn’t expect.

Nevertheless two years on, The Menzingers are back with 'Rented World'. In parts, it picks up where 'On The Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. The bands tales of personal relationships and introspective lyrics are still in place, but this time they are delivered in a more refined manner.

With the release of 'Rented World' fast approaching, we recently spoke to Greg Barnett to discuss the album, the pressure of following up 'On The Impossible Past', their forthcoming London show and the Grozerock Festival.

Already Heard: For starters can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do in The Menzingers?
Greg: Hi I’m Greg and I play guitar and sing in the band.

AH: The release of album number 4 'Rented World' is getting closer by the day. How does it feel to be releasing the album at last?
Greg: It feels pretty great obviously. The lead up for an album being released is like this weird calm before the storm. We’ve been working on all this stuff for a while now so its definitely exciting.

AH: Your last LP, 'On The Impossible Past' received plenty of praise and topped our very own Record of the Year list in 2012. Did you feel any pressure when writing this record because of what you achieved with the last one?
Greg: Well thank you for that! There was some initial pressure when we started the writing process but that quickly went away. We try to not get caught up in all that stuff and just do what we enjoy doing. I think ‘OTIP’ became something bigger than a record for a lot of people, including us. That being said, the pressure wasn’t necessarily “topping” that one or anything, just making sure every song felt important and had a purpose within the record. I’m pretty confident we nailed that.

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Slam Dunk Festival Announce 2 More Bands and Dance Stage

Slam Dunk Festival has added 2 more bands to the 9th annual 3 day festival with Verses and Light You Up joining the likes of All American Rejects, Mallory Knox, We Are The In Crowd and many more.

In additional news, the Uprawr DJ stage has been announced and will be headlined by DJ Yoda. The stage will also feature performances from Tek One.

Fri 23rd Slam Dunk Scotland: Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Sat 24th Slam Dunk Festival North: Leeds University
Sun 25th Slam Dunk Festival South: The Forum Hertfordshire
Mon 26th Slam Dunk Festival Midlands: Wolverhampton Civic
Tue 27th Slam Dunk Wales: Newport Centre, Newport

Click read more for the full line-up so far.

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