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.
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.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
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.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
Violent Soho are gearing up to release their new album, 'Hungry Ghost' and today they’ve premiered the video for 'Dope Calypso'.
The clip can be viewed by clicking read more, and 'Hungry Ghost' is released on September 30th through SideOneDummy.
The likes of Blood Red Shoes, InMe, Howling Bells, Guy McNight (Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster), The Hell, and Brawlers have been added to Nightmare Festival, which takes place across Camden Town, London on November 1st.
Early bird tickets available now for £20 plus booking fee and can be purchased here.
The full line-up can be viewed by clicking read more.
Future punk trio Black Futures are set to head out on a short run of UK dates alongside Post hardcore quartet Seething Akira later this month.
24th 229, London
25th The Boileroom, Guildford
26th The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
27th The Joiners, Southampton
Baltimore hardcore punks Mindset have announced they are to play a one-off UK show next year.
The show will take place at T Chances in London on the 11th January 2015. Support includes Death Threat, Praise, No Turning Back, Violent Reaction, World Eater, Full Strength and Insist.
Nottingham punks Plaids are finally streaming their self-titled debut full length over at Brooklyn Vegan.
The album also now has an official release date which is next week on the 22nd September via Barely Regal(UK), Art for Blind (IRL), Robotic Empire (US) and Dingleberry Records (EU). Pre-orders will be up soon. The band will be playing the following UK shows.
18th ORT, Birmingham w/ Martha + Chrissy Barnacle
28th JT Soar, Nottingham w/ Give + The Repossessed (matinee)
28th Stuck on a Name Studios w/ Baton Rouge, Carson Wells, Crows-An-Wra + Kin Shot
29th About Time #3 FestivalTotal Refreshment Centre, London w/ Baton Rouge, Makthaverskan, Dowsing, Kittyhawk and more.
You can hear the album in full either at Brooklyn Vegan or by clicking read more.
Stoke-on-Trent hardcore quintet The River Card have released their new music video for 'Forced Hand'.
The song is taken from their upcoming 7”, due for release on the 15th October via Farewell Records. The band will also be playing the following dates.
15th The Underground, Stoke-on-Trent w/ Soul Search + Forsaken
12th Temple of Boom, Leeds w/ Fire & Ice + Broken Teeth
13th Epic Studios, Norwich w/ Justice, Fire & Ice + Broken Teeth
14th Talk, Birmingham w/ Fire & Ice + Broken Teeth
You can view the video by clicking read more.
Liverpool alt rockers Pocket Apocalypse have recently announced they are to embark on a set of UK shows towards the end of 2014.
The tour will see the band play material from their upcoming debut album 'Moving in Circles', further details of which will be announced soon. They released it’s first single, 'The Missing Piece', back in May.
Whilst more dates will be announced soon, the confirmed shows so far are as follows:
25th The Thirsty Scholar, Manchester
8th Bar Bloc, Glasgow w/ Without Aeroplanes
9th South Sea, Sheffield
10th The Ferret, Preston w/ Aeroplane Flies High
25th Mello Mello, Liverpool w/ Wot Gorilla?
30th The Good Ship, Kilburn, London
31st JT Soar, Nottingham
8th The Caledonia, Liverpool (album launch show)
28th Maguire’s, Liverpool
Click read more to listen to the single.
Leeds post punks Eagulls have released a music video for the song 'Hollow Visions'.
The song is featured on their self-titled debut album, released earlier this year via Partisan Records. You can also catch the band on their UK tour next month at the following dates.
7th Portland Arms, Cambridge
8th Fruit, Hull
9th The Cluny, Newcastle
10th Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
14th The Cookie, Leicester
15th Lennon’s, Southampton
16th The Cavern, Exeter
17th Green Door, Brighton
18th Jericho, Oxford
19th Esquires, Bedford
21st King Tuts, Glasgow
22nd The Limelight, Belfast
23rd Academy 2, Dublin
24th All Years Leaving Festival, Birmingham
25th Simple Things Festival, Bristol
26th Kazimer, Liverpool
29th Bodega, Nottingham
30th Scala, London
31st Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
1st Sound Control, Manchester
You can view the video by clicking read more.
Edinburgh hardcore mob War Charge have recently announced they will release a split 7” with Dutch band Cornered.
The split is being put out by Neutral Words Records. Pre-orders and a full record stream will be launched soon. For now you can hear two songs from each band on the record, 'Heart of Stone' by War Charge and 'Left for Dead' (Demo) by Cornered, on bandcamp or by clicking read more.
As a music writer I have to admit it’s an awful characteristic to judge a band before you hit that play button. Yet that’s what I did with Along Came A Spider's sophomore effort - 'Resurgence'. I had a preconception that it would be another run-of-the-mill US metalcore record hastily put together. Having hit the play button and listened to record on repeat a number of times, I can say 'Resurgence' isn’t quite what I anticipated.
Admittedly their is a strong sense of metalcore from the outset. Tracks like 'A Sirens Call' and 'Wanderlust' have traits that fit the template; sharp riffs, melodic/aggressive vocals and polished production. However they give the album a promising start. The latter track has addictive “woahs” giving it plenty of staying power. Whilst 'The Voice of the Voiceless' provides an early highlight with its catchy chorus.
As you delve deeper into 'Resurgence', there’s a realisation that ACAS have, to a certain degree, versatility. Both 'No Laws' and 'A Link To The Past' are thrashy with soaring vocals. 'Land On' is theatrical with dwindling piano keys and male and female vocals. There’s enough there to keep you interested for the meantime.
The Swedish prog rock titans are back with their 11th full length 'Pale Communion' and the first to feature new keyboardist Joakim Svalberg. With peaks, troughs and very little middle ground, it’s an album that’s sure to divide opinion from the core fans.
Opener 'Eternal Rains Will Come' commences with elongated instrumentals, leaning on folk-rock lulls and the prog eccentricities of the Canterbury era bands like Caravan. 'Cusp Of Eternity' follows in a brooding manner, but its an effort that feels too safe for Opeth and perhaps even disinterested in terms of the vocal delivery. 'Moon Above, Sun Below' once again utilises the prevalent guitars and organs playoffs successfully. A quick solo gives way to acoustic passages, rooting further into the folkier end of the prog spectrum. The symphonic space rock stylings - akin to long time influences Camel - employed in the final couple of minutes are overly theatrical and dated. And yet, for all the grandeur this band usually rests their laurels on, 'Elysian Woes' is an oddly timid effort. Folk tinged acoustic passages eventually reside over a Zero 7-esque bedding of down tempo beats and synthesised strings. It’s certainly not the Opeth we know, and it’s really not a side of them we’re interested to know more of.
American Hi-Fi are one of those bands that get brought up during those “remember them?” conversations you have at house parties or round the table at the pub. Probably you’ll collectively be able to remember about three songs by them and come to the conclusion that they were pretty naff but ‘Flavour of the Weak’ was kind of catchy.
It may come as a surprise then to hear that fast-forward to 2014 and they are releasing their fifth studio album, ten years after their self-titled debut. The key to any band’s longevity is to adapt and evolve, and that means the four-piece outfit from Massachusetts have got a serious task on their hands considering their music wasn’t exactly pulling up trees the first time around.
The problem that you immediately encounter on listening to ‘Blood and Lemonade’ is that it feels like you’re hearing something that was released in 2002. They are very much a band of their that era, a time when pop rock rough around the edges enough for Generation-X to dig was bothering the charts on a regular basis, and American Hi-Fi, along with the likes of Good Charlotte and The Used, were in their element.
While Aldershot doesn’t readily spring to mind as a musical hotbed, it has previously spawned the likes of Hundred Reasons and Reuben. twothirtytwo are the latest to attempt to break out from the garrison town, and they’ve certainly laid down a marker with promising EP ‘The Hope We Had’.
Dark, moody and atmospheric, twothirtytwo play intelligent and literate alt-rock that lies somewhere between the stadium-sized sounds of The National and David Bowie’s warbling theatrics. It’s an odd juxtaposition, but once you can get your head around this you’re in for a treat.
Jaws' debut album, ‘Be Slowly’, is a dreamy collection exquisitely crafted by the young Birmingham quartet. It’s an album of the kind you’ve perhaps heard a handful of times before. One that usually has you lamenting what could have been as the final jangly track draws to a close. Much to my relief, however, this isn’t the experience that greets the end here. Across 11 tracks Jaws maintain a dynamic approach allowing their hazy summer sound to hook the listener to the very end.
‘Time’ eases the album in, building a stripped down warmth that creeps under the skin, laying a foundation for the next forty minutes. From this point on the formula changes little and doesn’t need to. ‘Cameron’ is a soft track fitted with smooth smart drumming that works hard without ever overpowering the whole. ‘Cameron’ does bring out one of my only complaints with the record (and perhaps my biggest complaint with the genre as a whole) though, in being over four minutes long without ever really mixing it up. Across the record track length matters little, it’s an enjoyable 42 minutes of music. But broken down, almost every song could be a little shorter without losing any of its effect.
Lyon, France hardcore punks The Amsterdam Red Light District have revealed their second album, 'Gone For A While' will be released in the UK on November 26th through Red-Light Records
1. Time Flies
2. Just Have A Good Time
3. Million Miles Away
4. A Chance To Change
5. Final Boarding Call
6. Gone For A While
7. Behind Your Sunglasses
8. These Kids That Your Parents Warned You About
9. Come Closer
10. Set The World On Fire
11. Waiting For So Long (feat. Justin Schlosberg From Hell Is For Heroes)
The video for the albums title track, can be viewed by clicking read more.
TARLD will be previewing the album when they visit the UK next month.
18 The Londesborough, Brindlington (w/ guests)
19 The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich (w/ Rick Thorne) - Free Show
20 King Billy, Hull (w/ Sex Injuries + guests)
21 The North, Rhyl (w/ guests) Free Show
23 The Moon Club, Cardiff (w/ guests)
24 Montague Arms, London (w/ Guerrilla Monsoon + guests)
25 Mama Lizs Voodoo Lounge, Stamford (w/ guests)