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.
It feels as though I’ve heard this record, or something similar, a lot lately. Riffs on riffs and the gruff, melodic vocals one expects to find down this particularly groove-laden avenue of metal. That might sound like a complaint. It’s not. If you can do something damn well you could be the first or the thousandth, I don’t mind. Still, it’s fortunate that The Bastard Sons do it well.
If you happen to have caught opener ‘O’ Brothel Where Art Thou’ before. you may recall its triumphant chorus. Sandwiched between sections of the smoothest riffery and taking the song to a whole new level. Frontman JJ’s spectacular vocals combine with a fantastically danceable drumbeat, before meeting yet another top riff to build back into the verse. With this the tone for the remainder of this short but sweet record is set. The atmospheric ‘Seasons End’ provides the only break from an onslaught that is otherwise riff after riff after riff after riff.
The final set of bands for this years Hit The Deck Festival has been announced with Kvelertak, Baby Godzilla, Pulled Apart By Horses and The Xcerts being amongst the names added.
Other names announced include The Charm The Fury, Death Remains, Lacey, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Lyger and The Gnarwhales.
The full list of bands announced can be viewed by clicking read more.
Hit The Deck Festival takes place in Bristol and Nottingham on April 19th and 20th respectively.
Reading Festival and Leeds Festival will be taking over a host of club nights up and down the country later this month to give fans a preview of this years festival.
The club nights will offer fans the chance to win a pair of weekend tickets to Reading & Leeds each night, as playing a whole host of songs from appearing at this years festival including headliners Blink-182 and Arctic Monkeys.
Reading Festival on tour:
14 O2 Academy Birmingham (Propaganda)
14 O2 Academy Islington London (Propaganda)
14 O2 Academy Bristol (Ramshackle)
15 O2 Academy Oxford (Propaganda)
Leeds Festival on tour:
14 O2 Academy Leicester (Shabang!)
15 O2 ABC Glasgow (Love Music)
15 O2 Academy Newcastle (Alpha)
15 The Leadmill Sheffield (Sonic)
15 Rescue Rooms Nottingham (Stealth vs Rescued)
15 O2 Academy Leeds (Pet Sounds)
In additional news, the next set of bands for this years Reading Festival and Leeds Festival will be announced next Monday (March 10th) at 7pm.
Glamour Of The Kill have premiered their new video for 'A Freak Like Me'.
The video was shot during their recent European tour, and the track appears on the bands current 'Savages' album. Click read more to view the clip.
Glamour Of The Kill will be touring with Heaven’s Basement later this month alongside The Dirty Youth.
13 Norwich, Waterfront
14 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
15 Southampton Takedown Festival
16 Leeds, The Cockpit
18 Newcastle, Newcastle University Union
19 Glasgow, Cathouse
20 Belfast, N. Voodoo
21 Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
22 Manchester, Academy 2
24 Chester, The Forum
25 Bristol, The Fleece
27 London, Electric Ballroom
28 Plymouth, White Rabbit
29 Birmingham Academy 2
30 Brighton, The Haunt
Alt. rock foursome Swim Good, split between London & Surrey, have let loose their debut self-tilted EP to the masses off the back of a UK tour in support. There’s a lot of energy here, and the songwriting is solid. The fact that they sat on these tracks for a year before being convinced to release them makes you wonder what could have come had they spent that year writing as opposed to getting on with life!
It throws in lashings of Title Fight along with some Biffy Clyro-esque noisy, brash guitar work with vocals taking the lead from Panic At The Disco, and in tracks like ‘Hatchet’, then straightens its laces up for some good ol’ fashioned rock and roll riff/chord led work in ‘People Like You’. Musically the tracks are varied enough and lay down some character for the band. They certainly have their own sound, which is a little to the left of what you usually get out of bands in this corner of the musical world with counter rhythms, riffs off the beat and generally a more tech approach to this style of music.
In the continued prosperity of South Coast city Brighton as a fertile ground for bands, In Dynamics are the next in line from a seemingly endless conveyor belt. The trio here follow up last year’s initiative offering 'Circle' with four-tracker ‘Questions’, a title that reflects the existential lyrics that In Dynamics frontman Beau Bolden brings to the plate. The band mirror their Scotch heroes Biffy Clyro both stylistically and in their membership - Bolden sings and plays guitar alongside a fraternal bass and drum duo of Jack and Will Wrench, much like Simon Neil fronts a supporting cast of the Johnston twins, Ben and James. ID have taken the latter-day aesthetics of Biffy Clyro, and like Arcane Roots, have married it to a sprawling, widescreen sound, alongside the very man who produced the aforementioned Arcane Roots’ recent full-length 'Blood And Chemistry', Chris Coulter.
The main issue with 'Blood And Chemistry' was that it too often fell victim to its own ambition, whereas here In Dynamics have set out their stall by crafting a concise statement of their progression as a band - it takes steps forward from previous output without attempting to leap into territory beyond their reach; while this shows potential, it isn’t quite ready for the stratosphere yet. In Dynamics demonstrate their keenness to show their capabilities from the get-go with 'The House', where Beau Bolden’s opening vocal certainly catches the attention, if only because one might believe one has put on a City And Colour record by accident. The song then transforms into a funk-flavoured riffy number, bursting into life with a soaring chorus that packs plenty of punch, providing a memorable beginning to the EP. However, after commencing so effectively, unfortunately ID have difficulty creating anything as memorable throughout the rest of the record.
A major annoyance of Taking Back Sunday’s handful of UK shows is that it seems to have been received as a nostalgia/anniversary tour, when in fact Taking Back Sunday haven’t exactly shied away from the music scene, or touring the UK in general. Overseas to promote forthcoming album ‘Happiness Is’, this certainly isn’t a TAYF10 tour like the ones in the US, and those expecting a set like this will be left disappointed, as while Taking Back Sunday aired their classics, they also displayed some of the best tracks from their more recent releases.
Openers Lonely the Brave, kick things off with guitar-driven anthems, reminding me in a way of a Cambridge Biffy Clyro. Their live performance manages to be both understated and grandiose at the same time, but they struggle to resonate with the huge venue. It’s hard to be the sole opener for a well-established band like Taking Back Sunday, and despite their best efforts, Lonely the Brave failed to make an impact, unable to warm up a crowd who only want to see one band. (2/5)
View photos of Lonely The Brave @ Koko here.
Emerging South Coast hardcore band Crescent have premiered their new view for 'Brotherhood'.
The track appears on the bands forthcoming debut EP, and the video can be viewed by clicking read more.
Charlie Simpson has announced a run of UK headline shows taking place in May.
12 Glasgow King Tuts
14 Manchester Deaf Institute
15 Birmingham Academy II
16 London Islington Academy
17 Brighton Concorde II
19 Bristol Thekla
Simpson has also posted a new track called 'Winter Hymns', which will appear on his forthcoming sophomore solo album.
While I didn’t expect to like an EP described as “experimental heavy music”, Egos At The Door’s new self-titled EP has proven that even something which sounds off-putting can be accessible, interesting and engaging in a way I didn’t expect to be possible.
Opening with ‘For lack of better words… Schnapps’, this EP kicks things off with a bang, with a two-minute track littered with complicated, technical guitar work and heavy vocals which ensure you stand up and take attention. This is followed by the mega-heavy beginnings of ‘Salad’, which mellows out into a more Architect’s type song, with a breakdown and sung-spoken part that demonstrates a real vocal talent.
This week sees releases from Comeback Kid, Nai Harvest, Yearbook, Brawlers and many more.
Nai Harvest - Hold Open My Head (Already Heard review)
Hagana - One Year (Already Heard review)
Exit_International - Our Science Is Golden (Already Heard review)
Blood Red Shoes - Blood Red Shoes (Already Heard review)
We Came As Wolves - Paradise Place (Already Heard review)
I Am Heresy -Thy Will
Comeback Kid - Die Knowing
Silver Snakes - Year of the Snake
Maker/Turnover/Such Gold and Ivy League, TX - Split EP
Get Involved! - Silk Cuts
The Mighty Fine - Brothers and Smugglers
Bruised Not Broken - Fragment
Yearbook - Old Bones EP (Already Heard review)
Brawlers - I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit
The much anticipated new album from Spy Catcher is set to be released next Monday (March 10th).
'Lies' will be available as a “pay what you want” download from Bandcamp.
A preview of the album can be heard by clicking read more.
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As a result of this, each week we bring you a concise roundup of news from America.
Nevertheless we will continue to work with bands from overseas in a variety of other ways; reviews, interviews, live photos, sessions, features and more.
This weeks roundup includes new music from Miss May I, Manchester Orchestra, I Am The Avalanche, Memphis May Fire, Frameworks, OFF!, Donovan Wolfington and more.
We also have videos from Of Mice & Men, Chiodos, Panic! At The Disco, Filter, and Flannel Mouth. There is also details on new releases from Down, Autopsy, For The Fallen Dreams, Banquets and Nightmares For A Week.
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Of Mice & Men have revealed their new video for 'Bones Exposed'.
The video for 'Nicotine' by Panic! At The Disco is now online.
Green Day will release an 18-track collection of demos called 'Demolicious' on for Record Store Day.
Miss May I will release their new album, 'Rise Of The Lion' through Rise on 28th April. The video for 'Gone' can be seen here.
1. Refuse To Believe
5. You Want Me
6. Tangled Tongues
7. Hero With No Name
8. Darker Days
9. The End Of Me
10. Saints, Sinners, and Greats
Chiodos have posted another track from their upcoming 'Devil' album. Stream '3 AM' here.'Where Were You?' from I Am The Avalanche can be heard here, and the video for 'The Shape I'm In' can be viewed below..
Every Time I Die, Bowling For Soup, Alive Like Me, Ice Nine Kills and Neck Deep have been added to this years Vans Warped Tour.
Manchester Orchestra have released a new single from 'Cope' called 'Every Stone'.
Memphis May Fire have posted a new song called 'Sleepless Night'.
Post-hardcore quintet Frameworks have posted the title track from their forthcoming 'Loom' LP on Pitchfork.
'Hypnotized' is the second track to be premiered from OFF!'s forthcoming album 'Wasted Years'.
For The Fallen Dreams have rejoined Rise Records and will release their new album, 'Heavy Hearts' on April 8th.
01. Emerald Blue
04. Dream Eater
09. Unfinished Business
10. Smelling Salt
Donovan Wolfington have posted a new song titled 'Sleeping'.
Plymouth alt-rockers Patrons have confirmed plans to release their self-titled EP through I Hate It Records on 31st March.
As a preview, the band have shared a track called 'Little Victories' which can be streamed after the jump below.