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Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. We spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths to discuss the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.
If metalcore is your thing then say hello to From Her Eyes. The Welsh quartet are exclusively streaming their debut EP 'Demons' right here on Already Heard.
Hindsights have announced a short run of UK dates this September.
The shows will be in support of their soon to be announced debut album, details of which shall be announced soon.
You can catch the band at the following shows:
10th District Bowery (Sub89), Reading
11th The Barfly, London
12th The Zombie Hut, Corby
13th The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
14th Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
Young Guns, Issues and Sleepwave have all been announced to support Bring Me the Horizon at the Wembley Arena in London on the 5th December.
Kent math rockers Fish Tank have announced their first UK tour in four years this September.
You can catch the band at the following dates:
21st Alternator Fest, High Wycombe
22nd Antwerp Mansion, Manchester
23rd Fishtank, Durham
25th Dog & Whistle, Hertford
29th The Islington, London
30th Lady Luck, Canterbury
KEYBOARDS! KEYBOARDS EVERYWHERE. Driven, melodic keyboards at the heart of it all, textured ambient keyboards shimmering in the back, dark keyboards, upbeat keyboards, keyboards playing over and over again in your mind long after the final (keyboard) notes of Maybeshewill’s 'Fair Youth' have rung. Not that their prominent use should come as much of a surprise to fans of the band, considering even beloved 'Not For Want Of Trying'’s claim to greatness is in no small part due to Matthew Daly’s hypnotic brand of arpeggiated keys. Nevertheless, there is a sense that their career had thus far been forged on using them as the supporting pillars of their music, a strong foundation on which structure could then be built by way of crunchy guitar riffs and powerful drumming or, alternatively, sweet melodies and the odd vocal section. In that regard, ‘Fair Youth’ stands out as something of a reinvention, an album much less straight-shooting than it is expansive and exploratory, much less grandiose than it is made up of lovingly-crafted subtleties. What it lacks in immediacy, especially compared to their previous efforts, it rather makes up for in depth and coherence.
Indeed, the production side of things is what struck me most on a first listen. Whereas the contrast between the keys and the rest of the instruments used to consistently suggest the first was clashing with the others, 'Fair Youth' has everything blended together in seamless unity. Changes from quiet to heavy instances are no longer the making of sudden shifts but of gradual, one is tempted to say organic, morphing. To put it another way, there was very little of the element of surprise with regard to where a Maybeshewill track would inevitably lead, whereas here the songwriting strikes me as aimed towards contemplation more than directness. The most obvious example of this can be found in album closer, and personal favourite, ’Volga’, in which a simple hopeful melody is repeated, gathering momentum and power as delicate guitars, some genuinely terrific drumming and a backing choir are introduced. There is something infinitely more intimidating about a song’s emotional strength emerging in no apparent rush.
Kent indie emo band Hey, Joni have released their brand new song 'Venus Flytrap'.
The song is taken from their upcoming EP 'En Fuego'. The tracklisting is as follows:
1. 'Venus Flytrap'
2. 'En Fuego'
3. 'Ice Cream'
Further details will be announced soon. For now you can watch the music video for the song, which features footage from their recent tour with Healing Powers, by clicking read more.
Now this is going to make it sound as if I’ve been living on the moon for the past decade, but reviewing this album was the first time I had ever heard Astpai. This is despite them having been a band for twelve years, this being their fifth full length record, and the fact that they’ve toured the UK extensively and almost always with bands I would normally go to see.
I have heard people afford the Austrian four-piece glowing praise and so got stuck into ‘Burden Calls’ with great anticipation. Opening track ‘Single Use’ did not disappoint, its lightning fast melodic hardcore bouncing haphazardly off the walls like A Wilhelm Scream but if anything with a harder edge as the song explodes into a furious, Dan Yemin-esque vocal refrain of “talkin’ bout degeneration!”
Southampton punks Creeper have announced the vinyl release of their debut self-titled EP on Palm Reader Records this November.
Pre-orders will be released soon. The band are also playing a free show at The Old Blue Last in London on 13th September. Support comes from Yearbook and MINE.
You can listen to the EP in full by clicking read more or on their bandcamp, where you can also download it for free.
Don’t you just love familiarity? It’s always comforting when you listen to something so safe and predictable…Did I just say predictable? Of course I did! Don’t get me wrong, when a band does follow familiar genre tropes, it only pays off when there’s a spark, making you think, “I must buy everything by this band and I must see them at every show!” If such a spark doesn’t exist, the material falls flat on its arse. At this point, you may be thinking that I’ve written a negative review on the new EP by Kent hardcore mob Pay No Respect. However, I’ll keep my personal preferences at bay, and lay out its few good qualities as well as its bad points.
Basement have announced a short run of UK shows this October with Cloakroom as support.
The dates are as follows:
29th Electric Ballroom, London
30th Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
31st Sound Control, Manchester
Architects have announced a March 2015 UK tour that will include support from Every Time I Die, Blessthefall and Counterparts.
Monday 9th - Bristol Anson Rooms
Tuesday 10th - Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 11th - Glasgow O2 ABC
Thursday 12th - Birmingham Institute
Friday 13th - Nottingham Rock City
Saturday 14th - London Roundhouse
Missed Leeds Festival this past weekend? Want to see a snapshot of what we got up to? Well if you do, click read more below to view a roundup of our Instagram activity.
View more of Already Heard's Leeds Festival coverage here.
UK metallers Die No More have joined Rocksector Records and they unleash their debut album 'Elected Evil' worldwide on Monday 3rd November.1. Dark World
2. Soul Destroyer
4. Council Of War
5. One In The Chamber
6. Connection Lost
7. Blood In The Veins
Impericon have posted a live video of Neck Deep performing 'Crushing Grief' from their appearance at Impericon Festival in Cologne, Germany.
The clip can be viewed below, and comes as the band prepare for their January 2015 UK headline tour.
January (support from Knuckle Puck, Seaway and Trophy Eyes)
26 Cardiff Solus
27 Birmingham O2 Academy 2
28 Newcastle O2 Academy 2
30 Glasgow Garage
31 Leeds Cockpit
01 Manchester O2 Academy 2
03 Bristol O2 Academy
04 Norwich Waterfront
05 Brighton Concorde 2
06 London Electric Ballroom
As part of their coverage of this weekends Reading Festival, BBC has posted several videos from the third and final day of the festival.
Fans can also view the latter’s surprise set on the BBC Introducing stage set.
Irish prog punks BATS will be playing a few UK headline shows ahead of their appearance of at this week’s ArcTanGent Festival in Bristol.
You can catch the band at the following shows:
26th The Flapper, Birmingham (free show) w/ Them Wolves, Constant Waves + The Broken Duet
27th The Old Blue Last, London w/ Alarmist + Wot Gorilla?
28th The Castle Hotel, Manchester w/ Them Wolves + Pedro Don Key
29th Yokhai Stage, ArcTanGent Festival, Bristol