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EXCLUSIVE EP PREMIER: THE SINKING FEELING - UGLY
We are incredibly pleased to stream 'Ugly', the new EP by The Sinking Feeling. Straight out
of Glasgow, the band combine 90s emo with hints of grunge and dual male/female vocals
for a tastier treat on the ears. It’s a huge wave of 90s nostalgia from this Scottish 3 piece.
FESTIVAL PREVIEW: HEVY FEST 2014 - 10 MUST-SEE BANDS
After taking a break last year, Hevy Fest is back for 2014 and even though it’s downsized
from 3 days to 2, there still loads of awesome bands on offer. With over 40 bands playing
over the 2 days, there’s bound to be some clashes. Already Heard is here to give you 10
must-see bands to see at Hevy Fest next month.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: O CAPTAIN
Influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids, Sheffield quartet O Captain have bucket loads of potential of their debut EP is anything to go from. Entitled 'Ghetto Hikes', the bands lyrical sentiment mixed with a stirring indie-pop sensibility quickly won us over. We spoke to bassist Ryan Smith to find out more about the band, their influences, what Sheffield bands we should be listening to and more.
FESTIVAL: UK TECH FEST 2014
Ww've got reviews and a whole load of live photos from UK Tech Fest 2014.
FEATURE: 6 MONTHS IN - ALREADY HEARD'S ALBUMS OF THE YEAR SO FAR 2014
Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord
of great albums that have come out so far this year. Read on to find out what the Already Heard team picked as their favourite releases of the year so far.
FESTIVAL: SONISPHERE 2014
After 2 years away, Sonisphere makes it return to the UK. Check out our full coverage of the festival.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: JACOB ROUND (PURE NOISE RECORDS)
In the latest edition of our "Industry Insight" feature, we speak to Jake Round as his label,
Pure Noise Records, celebrates it's 5th anniversary.


Exes Posts ‘Phantasmaboring’ Album Stream

London post-hardcore band Exes have launched a stream of their new album - 'Phantasmaboring'.

The album can be heard over at Punktastic, or after the jump below.

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See You In Reno Reveal ‘Check’ Music Video

Emerging Essex alt rockers See You In Reno have revealed the music for their debut single, 'Check'.

The track comes from the bands forthcoming EP, and the video can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Colt 45 Stream New Album (‘The Tide Is Turning’)

Ahead of its release next week, Colt 45 are streaming their debut album, 'The Tide Is Turning' in its entirety.

The album can be streamed here or by clicking read more.

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Johnny Foreigner Sign US Deal with Lame-O Records

Johnny Foreigner have signed a US deal with Lame-O Records. To mark the occasion, the label will be releasing 'Worse Things Happen At Sea - A Johnny Foreigner Mixtape', a digital collection of rare or rerecorded songs off of the band’s past releases.

The compilation is set to be released later this week, but in the mean time the band have posted a video message about joining the US label.

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Bad Sign Posts New Single Lyric Video (‘The Recidivst’)

Croydon trio Bad Sign have just released a lyric video for brand new single 'The Recidivst', which is taken from their upcoming EP 'Destroy'.

The lyric video can be viewed after the jump, and 'Destroy' is scheduled for a November release.

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Nothing But Thieves Premier ‘Last Orders’ Video

Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves have premiered their video for 'Last Orders'.

The video can be viewed by clicking read more, and the track is taken from their debut EP, 'Graveyard Whistling' which is released this week.

July
22nd London Barfly
23rd Exeter Cavern
24th Southampton Unit
25th Southend Chinnerys
26th Brighton Frog Bar
27th Birmingham The Yard Bird
28th Leicester Scholar Bar
29th Leeds Cockpit
30th York Duchess
31st Glasgow Broadcast
August
1st Hull Adelphi

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Exclusive Song Premier: Byron Street Social - Need You Now

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In the second of three exclusive tracks here on Already Heard, we present to you 'Need You Now' from Huddersfield based reggae group Byron Street Social.

The band, formed in early 2012, combine reggae with hip hop, rock, funk and soul in a collective hybrid that has won over many audiences and has seen the band strive to be a strong and prominent upcoming force within their scene.

Having supported the likes of Jaya the Cat, The Hoosiers and Extra Curricular, the band are now ready to release their debut EP 'Take Note' on the 1st August. Check out the song below and remember to come back next week for for the final exclusive.

'Take Note' by Byron Street Social is released on the 1st August.

Byron Street Social links: Website|Facebook|Twitter|SoundCloud

Want to stream new music or a video or offer a free download exclusively through Already Heard? Get in touch at mikey@alreadyheard.com.

Vales Announce UK Tour

Cornwall melodic hardcore group Vales have announced a UK tour in August.

This is the band’s first full UK tour since 2012 and it is in support of their debut album 'Wilt & Rise', released earlier this year on 6131 and FITA Records.

The dates are as follows:

August
16th Sanctuary Live, Basingstoke*
17th The Hatchet, RNS Fest, Bristol+
18th The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich+
19th The Black Heart, Camden
20th Static Bar, Swansea
21st Sound Control, Manchester
22nd Leeds Festival
24th Reading Festival
* w/ Employed to Serve
+ w/ Maths

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Crows-An-Wra Launch Pre-orders and Stream New Album

Cornwall prog-screamo quartet Crows-An-Wra have released pre-orders for their new album 'Kalopsia'.

Recorded by Lewis Johns, the album can be pre-ordered on 12” vinyl at Wolf Town DIY and Barley Regal Records in the UK, ADAGIO830 in Europe, and Middle-Man Records in the U.S.

The album also can be heard in full on the band’s bandcamp, or you can hear it by clicking read more.

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Interview: 65daysofstatic

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For Sheffield instrumental/experimental noise four-piece 65daysofstatic, the metal and hard rock hybrid that is the Sonisphere Festival may not ideally be their type of event, nevertheless, having made an overwhelming appearance 4 years ago, they returned once more to close out the opening night.

The past 12 months has been a busy time for 65daysofstatic, from the release of their fifth full-length 'Wild Light' last September to touring the UK and Europe to celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut record - 'The Fall of Math'.

However with more UK/European festivals lined up, we spoke to Paul Wolinski before their late night set at Sonisphere to discuss 10 years of 'The Fall of Math', making music for record and live purposes, using coding to create music and more.

AH: Can we get your name and role in the band?
Paul: I’m Paul. I do guitar, piano and electronic things.

AH: How has your Sonisphere experience been so far?
Paul: Its ok. I’ve seen a lot of carparks, a lot of portakabins. I’ve not had chance to see any bands yet but I’m hoping that will change. Just as long as I see Atari Teenage Riot.

AH: Any other bands you’re wanting to see?
Paul: There is loads of stuff on the other days but we’re only here for the day. Therapy? are doing ‘Infernal Love’ from start to finish. That album meant a lot to me when I was growing up. Deftones tomorrow and Prodigy tonight as as well.

AH: You’re playing a late night set after The Prodigy have finished on the main stage.
Paul: Yeah after they play everything stops its just us.

AH: And the wrestling.
Paul: Oh yeah, and the wrestling. So yeah it’s going to be interesting.

AH: Because you’re an instrumental band are you used to being the odd band out when it comes to festivals like Sonisphere?
Paul: Yes! No matter what festival we get invited to, we’re always a little bit to the left, and that’s fine. I really like how we can do this type of show and go inbetween different places.

AH: Do you think it also gives you the opportunity to reach new fans?
Paul: I think so. All festivals are good for that. It will be interesting to see how tonight goes. The first time we played here was 4 years ago and it was a great show. It did feel like there was a lot of new people, and it took a little while to win them over. Maybe see our name, a long multi- syllable name, they expect ISIS-style post-rock and we’re really nothing like that at all, but halfway through the set it was wonderful. It will be interesting to start again or people from before come back and see us again.

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Baby Godzilla Release New Single ‘The Great Hardcore Swindle’

Nottingham hardcore mobsters Baby Godzilla have released their brand new single 'The Great Hardcore Swindle'.

The single is the first release by a non-Enter Shikari artist on the Ambush Reality label. This also sees the start of a series of singles released by the label in the form of digital downloads and physical, double A-Side, coloured vinyl 7”s.

For instance, with Baby Godzilla's new single, the A-side features the original, produced by Matt Peel (Pulled Apart by Horses, Eagulls), whilst the AA-side features a remixed version by Shikari Sound System.

Click read more to view the music video for Baby Godzilla's new song.

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Villains Release New Music Video for ‘Wicked Ways’

Essex band Villians have released a music video for their new single 'Wicked Ways'.

You can view the video by clicking read more.

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Album Review: Illuminate Me - I Have Become a Corpse

Illuminate Me are a hardcore band hailing from South Florida, USA. Having recently signed to Tragic Hero Records, they have now released their album ‘I Have Become A Corpse’. What with their state of residence and zany song titles, it would be safe to expect some fairly rifftastic southern sounding punk. However, in spite of the name of the 4th track, ‘Ouija Board Taught Me Everything I Know’, it appears that Ouija board has neglected to include teaching the band how to make interesting music.

The first track on this album is entitled ‘Voodoo Blues’ and it does set itself apart by featuring Garrett Rapp of The Color Morale, but it’s ultimately a statement of intent in the worst way possible; not one song on this album really sounds much different.

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Album Review: The Summer War - Keep Up, We’re Moving On

imageThe Summer War tread the line between pop punk and indie rock, which is difficult because you’re trying to have the best of both worlds and definitely risk having the worst instead. Pop punk without the attitude and danger and indie rock without the song structures and lyric strength are not ingredients which mix particularly well.

Other bands have managed it with varying levels of success – you could probably look towards The Automatic, although The Summer War actually remind me more of My Awesome Compilation (remember them?) – a band who used very basic pop structures and simple lyrics and just made it work by having really big hooks and relatable themes.

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The One Hundred Announce Debut EP and New Single

The One Hundred have announced their debut EP will be be called 'Subculture' and will be released via UNFD on September 1st. A new single, 'Downfall' will be released on the same day.

1. No FKX (Intro)
2. Breed
3. Kingsmen
4. Unleashed
5. Tale Of Two Cities
6. Downfall