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.
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Even though we love our Stateside friends, our main goal here at Already Heard to showcase and highlight the best in established and emerging UK bands, news, videos, tours, and more.
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.
Anti-Vigilante vocalist Josh Chandler Morris has announced plans to released a solo EP called 'Tired' on 7th April through Harsh Realm Records.
A full stream of the album can be found by clicking read more.
The forthcoming split Esoteric Youth and Caïna is streaming online ahead of its release through Church Of Fuck next month.
The split tape is limited to 100 copies on white tapes, 70 on pink tapes and 30 on turquoise tapes (available only from the bands). However the full release can be heard in full by clicking read more.
Comeback Kid have launched a limited stream of their new album - 'Die Knowing'.
The album can be heard until Sunday by clicking read more and is set to be released next week on Victory Records.
In the UK, as far as I’m concerned, the two bands who’ve truly strengthened their grasp on the poppier edge of indie-punk are Straight Lines and Tellison. However another band had been lurking in their shadow, waiting to spring out into the spotlight. Combining a heavier edge closer to the former’s leanings and a willingness to infuse a little unpredictability, foursome Yearbook have built up a little niche for themselves and matured out of the inferior punkier vibe of their beginnings. While not an entirely resounding success, their new ‘Old Bones EP’ is nevertheless several steps in the right direction.
Allow me to start with what Yearbook get right. Take fourth track ‘Classic Literature’. A superimposition of riffage and lickage full of proggy bends kicks things off with panache, but is swiftly followed by gently strummed chords before the soft vocal delivery rises into a shrieking storm of crashing cymbals galore. "I am Napoleon / I’m changing the rules" resounding over a rousing melodic finale only confirms the band’s desire to consistently mix things up, even if the parts themselves aren’t the most ingenious in themselves (compare and contrast to the likes of what Tubelord used to do).
This coming Monday, duel-bass Noise-Rock trio Exit_International release their new album - 'Our Science Is Golden'.
Having received critical acclaim for their 2011 debut 'Black Junk', the Cardiff/Brighton band have picked up where they have left off and have delivered another superb mix of riotous and crushing hard rock in 'Our Science Is Golden'.
Filled with chaotic riffs and plenty rawness, Exit_International are ones to watch in the coming months.
To give you an insight into 'Our Science Is Golden', the trio provided us with a detailed track-by-track account of the record. Read on to find out what 'Our Science Is Golden' is all about.
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1. Weird Card
Adam Thomas (drums): The only thing I remember about writing this song is that, after we played it start to finish for the first time, the words “album opener” were not far behind. A statement of intent for 'OSIG', this track sets the tone for the rest of the record.
Fudge Wilson (bass): Who doesn’t like a bit of loud-QUIET-loud? We definitely don’t not like it – in fact, we love it. We decided not to not do it and did it. A dark blue circle.
Scott Lee Andrews (vocals): The title comes from something I read about Helen Flanagan while googling her. Then I saw her on some TV, show and it was confusing. She has awesome breasts with a goat’s head attached. It’s lyrically engineered to have a sexless protagonist/object, as boys and girls can both be as fucked as each other – in mating ritual terms. Jukebox in my head: Weezer, The Cribs and Rammstein.
2. The Creeps
AT: Sometimes, when you’re in a band, a song will just come together without having to dedicate too much time or effort – a song that instantly speaks for itself, without agonizing hours of chopping, changing and reworking. This was not one of those songs.
Dublin Pop-punk/Alt-rock quintet Kickstart The Season have released their new EP - 'Paths'.
The five-track EP can be downloaded on Bandcamp or streamed by clicking read more.
UK death metal hopefuls Nexilva have posted a new track called 'The Misdirection of God'.
The track appears on the bands forthcoming 'Eschatologies' album, which is set to be released on April 7th via Ghost Music and Subliminal Groove Records.
1) I: Teste Humanitatem Mori
2) The Misdirection of God
3) Our Progenitor
4) This Is Humanity
5) II: Scientaia Tenebris
7) The Collapse
9) Cybernetic Lucidity
10) III: СКЕЛЕТ
11) Premonitions (ft. Ricky Lee Roper)
13) Evil Will Prevail (ft. Meyrick De La Fuente)
14) IV: Non Magis Adrogantiam
Stream 'The Misdirection of God' by clicking read more.
York rock’n’rollers The Bastard Sons have revealed their new video for 'O'Brothel Where Art Thou?'.
The track comes from their new EP, 'Roads' which is released through on March 10th.
Click read more to view the video.
Nai Harvest have launched a stream of their new EP, 'Hold Open My Head'.
The EP can be streamed by clicking read more, and is set to be released next week on Dog Knights Productions and Topshelf Records.
Check out our five out of five review of the EP here.
April (with Seahaven and Battle Lines)
Thu 17 Brighton, Green Door Store
Fri 18 London, Birthdays
Sat 19 Bristol, Hit The Deck Festival
Sun 20 Nottingham, Hit The Deck Festival
Tue 22 Glasgow, 13th Note
Wed 23 Manchester, The Star & Garter
Thu 24 Birmingham, The Flapper
Fri 25 Leeds, Cockpit 3
Sat 26 Southampton, Unit
With a title like 'The World Is A Terrible Place And I Hate Myself And Want To Die', on paper the debut EP from Philadelphia duo The Weaks doesn’t sound like a cheerful affair. Nevertheless Chris Baglivo and Evan Bernard have turned out a fuzzed out collection of emo/pop-punk that is reminiscent of Weezer’s early power-pop days.
Frankly its an EP that has certainly caught our attention and has received its fair share amount of praise so far. Tracks like 'Dunce Pageant' and 'Nietzche’s Harvest Song' are short, sweet, poetic, and honest with comparisons being made to bands like Pixies, Say Anything and fellow Philadelphian’s Modern Baseball.
We recently spoke to Chris and Evan to find out more about 'The World Is A Terrible Place…', where the title came from, and we question whether Philadelphia really does have the best punk scene in the US?
Already Heard: Can you introduce yourself and your role in The Weaks?
CB: I’m Chris Baglivo, and I am a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, whatever.
EB: I am Evan Bernard and I am a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player also. I am also the band dungeon master and occasionally go by the name “the unstoppable party.”
AH: For those who are unfamilair with The Weaks. Can you talk us through how you came together? I understand you used to play together in a band called Dangerous Ponies?
CB: Evan and I have been friends for years, and we started Dangerous Ponies with Chrissy Tashjian (now of the rad band Thin Lips). Our drummer Mikey Tashjian was also in the Ponies for the bulk of its existence, and he has been Chrissy’s brother his entire life. While we were in the Ponies, Evan and I decided to challenge ourselves by writing and releasing a song every week (hence The Weaks). Once the Ponies split, we decided to do the Weaks full time as a band instead of a recording project.
AH: I read your influences range from Weezer to Thin Lizzy to The Ergs. How would you best sum up The Weaks sound?
CB: Heavy pop.
EB: An amalgamation of all of the music we like. What’s more exciting than diversity?
AH: Some may know you for your ‘Song A Week’ project. How did that idea come about?
EB: Chris and I wrote a lot of songs in the ponies that got passed on and overlooked because they weren’t a great fit for the band. So we thought “why not just make a project we can do whatever we want?”