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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.

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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Interview: Upon A Burning Body

Upon A Burning Body strike a very dapper presence when they take to the stage, dressed in black trousers, grey shirts and black waistcoats emblazoned with their logo on the lapel, before they unleash their live show on you. They are a frantic live band, with a relentless touring schedule. We caught up with bassist Reuben Alvarez just before they went on stage in London to support Five Finger Death Punch and talked about their own cocktail, favourite place they have visited, the next album and Slipknot. Here’s that interview.

Already Heard: This looks set to be an epic year on the road for yourselves. You have already played Soundwave, are currently on tour with Five Finger Death Punch, you have Skate & Surf Fest coming up as well as a short US headline tour in May and a support slot across Canada with Emmure coming up. Does the rest of 2014 look set to go the same way?
Ruben: Absolutely it’s all down to our booking agent, so it’s like every other month and every other day is up for grabs and so he’ll book it off. If he can he’ll book up every single day.

AH: Even your off day on the tour you did an extra headline show in Bristol.
Ruben: Yeah, as much as they can they’ll book it. To stay busy and to stay relevant y’know.

AH: And it’s been a good tour so far?
Ruben: Amazing, amazing opportunity. It’s a huge opportunity for a band like us to be on this tour and everybody notices we’re the odd-ball. We’re a bit heavier and crazy. It’s awesome.

AH: Glad it’s going well for you. What song do you most like to play live and what is the story behind that song?
Ruben: For me, let’s see there’s a couple I like to play, mine is ‘Mimic’. I think the reason I like ‘Mimic’ so much is that it has a lot more of the pretty sounding melody guitar melodies and I love the way it switches from really intense to great pretty, almost like Maiden high lead. Musically it’s my favourite and the words too, it has great lyrics for the crowd to sing along, so yeah.

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Turbowolf Preview Album No 2 with ‘Solid Gold’

Having completed work on their second album, Turbowolf has posted the first preview of it in the form of the video for 'Solid Gold'.

The video can be viewed after the jump, and the track itself can be downloaded here.

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Hey Vanity Stream New Mini-Album (‘Blindfolds’)

Chelmsford four-piece Hey Vanity have launched a stream of their new mini-album, 'Blindfolds'.

The mini-album is set to be released next week (Monday 21st April) through Small Town Records, but fans can hear 'Blindfolds' in full over at Kerrang! or by clicking read more.

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Sam Duckworth/Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Announces Wrestling-Inspired Record Store Day Split

Sam Duckworth has announced plans to release a Record Store Day (april 19th) split with his other alias - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly..

He will be teaming up with Alcopop! Records who will be releasing the split as limited edition Lucha Libre wrestling mask.

The masks will include a download code to the split and will be limited to 200. Whilst 5 of the masks have been signed by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Hall of Famer and 1996 Olympic Gold medal winner Kurt Angle.

two tracks from the split can be streamed after the jump.

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Patrons Posts ‘Little Victories’ Music Video

Plymouth alt-rockers Patrons have followed up the release of their recent self-titled effort by premiering their video for 'Little Victories'.

The clip can be viewed after the jump, and 'Patrons' is out now on I Hate It Records.

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