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.
Newcastle Upon Tyne-based trio EnterTheLexicon will release their debut self-titled EP on 3rd June.
1) Do You Feel The Same
2) I Am Not You
3) Full Moon
The video for the lead off single, 'Do You Feel The Same' can be viewed by clicking read more.
Boy Jumps Ship have confirmed their new EP will be titled 'Lovers and Fighters' and will be released through Rude Records on June 2nd.
1. Make You Proud
2. Still Alive
3. Start A Riot (Sick Of Trying)
4. Call To Arms
5. We’re Not Giving Up
The first single from the EP, 'Still Alive' can be viewed by clicking read more.
Boy Jumps Ship will be supporting Marmozets on their forthcoming UK tour.
27 Norwich Waterfront Studio
28 Sheffield Plug
29 Nottingham Bodega
1 Glasgow Stereo
2 Leicester Scholar
5 Oxford O2 Academy2
6 Bristol Exchange
7 Exeter Cavern
9 Bridgend Hobos
Later this month rising Bristol quartet Oh Captive release their debut EP - 'Advance Creature'. With their mix of alt-rock and post-punk, Oh Captive have been compared to the likes of Coheed & Cambria, Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic.
'Advance Creature' offers four slices of refined and stirring alt-rock that puts them on the list of “ones to watch” in the coming months.
To give you a preview of what to expect from 'Advance Creature, vocalist Tim Kelly from the band has provided Already Heard with this detailed track-by-track guide to 'Advance Creature.
If your band would like to set up a ‘Track Guide’ feature for Already Heard, please email Sean Reid.
Beds of Many Ghosts
'Beds' is my personal favourite track from the EP. The speed at which the track came together made us realise that we were all on the same page musically, so the writing process was quite exciting for us. The song has a lot of energy which makes it great for us to play live too. The EP itself focuses a lot on my experiences and 'Beds' is about one person in particular. I won’t name them, I’ll just let everyone I know get paranoid instead.
Stoke on Trent metal trio Sworn To Oath have revealed their debut album, 'Pillars' will be released on 2nd June via Transcend Music.
The band have also posted the first track from the album, 'Free Me' which can be heard by clicking read more.
Despite only forming last year, Essex rockers New City Kings have already gathered plenty of attention with a sold out London headline show under their belt along with an appearance at last year’s Bestival event.
Now having released their debut EP 'Change', the four-piece made up of brothers Mark (lead vocals/guitar) and Ben Kovic (lead guitar/vocals), Charlie Roberts on bass and drummer Ben Nyari, are ready to continue their rise.
'Change' showcases the bands radio-friendly rock sound that has seen them compared to a range of bands and artists; Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, The Gaslight Anthem and John Mayer. It also sees them working with acclaimed producer Romesh Dodangoda.
With new material already in the works along with summer shows, Already Heard spoke to Mark Kovic to find out more about New City Kings. The vocalist discussed the bands beginnings, the importance of playing live, and more.
Already Heard: First off can you introduce yourselves and your role in New City Kings?
Mark: I’m Mark Kovic and I’m the singer and guitarist in New City Kings.
AH: The band only formed last year. Can you bring us up to speed on events of the past few months?
Mark: We’ve basically locked ourselves in the studio working on new material, aside from that we’ve been allowed out of the darkness to play a few festivals and shows, we’ve also just rounded up our first UK support tour.
AH: How did New City Kings come together?
Mark: Me and my brother wrote and produced a song to enter into a radio station to win a slot at a festival. We won the thing but didn’t have a band, so 15 minutes on Gumtree and the first two guys who walked through the door were in the band - and we never looked back. They’re our brothers now.
With their new album set to be released on June 16th, Feed The Rhino have premiered the video for 'Give Up', which can be viewed after the jump.
The release of 'The Sorrow And The Sound' will be supported by a UK headline tour which will feature support from The Howling and Zoax.
1st Brighton, Audio
3rd Oxford, O2 Academy 2
8th Nottingham, Basement
9th Carlisle, Brickyard
10th Leicester, O2 Academy
15th Peterborough, Met Lounge
16th Folkestone, Quarterhouse
24th Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival
25th Hatfield, Slam Dunk Festival
26th Wolverhampton, Slam Dunk Festival
15th Download Festival, Donington
The latest set of bands for the Camden Rocks Festival has been announced with Dinosaur Pile Up, The Xcerts, Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.), Exit Calm and Irish punks Wounds amongst the names announced today.
Other acts added to the May 31st festival are: Cypher 16, The Struts, I Am In Love, Dead Harts, Drones, Storms, Hero Fisher, New Desert Blues, Nevermind, Calling All Cars, Tropical Contact, Weatherbird, Raglans, Mr Shiraz, Life, The Petals, Matty James, Gemma Rogers And The Mil Men, Ugly Love, Jamie Kimmett, The Honey Ants, Simple Answer, Gang Of Gypsies, Ariel Light, and Richa And Shoulders Of Giants.
Camden Rocks Festival takes place on May 31st and sees 200 bands playing in twenty different venues for just £25.
Further information can be found at camdenrocksfestival.com.
View the full line-up by clicking read more.
Portsmouth post-hardcore/dubstep band Seething Akira have premiered their new video for 'Paralysed'.
The track comes from the quartet new EP, 'Aggro Vito' which is set to be released on 2nd June.
4) Paralysed – The Algorithm remix
5) This Is Our World – Victory Pill remix
The video for 'Paralysed' can be viewed by clicking read more.
Masked Intruder have announced a run of UK shows as part of a lengthy European tour.
Support comes from Throwing Stuff and Sam Russo.
23 Southampton Joiners
24 Kingston Fighting Cocks
25 London Old Blue Last
26 Glasgow Audio
27 Manchester Star & Garter
28 Newport Le Pub
London heavy emo band Grayscale have launched a stream of their new EP.
'The Thoughts That Linger' can be heard over at Punktastic or by clicking read more.
Derbyshire band Violet have revealed the video for their new single - 'The Lust'.
The track is taken from the bands forthcoming debut album, which is expected later this year. However fans can download the song for free here.
May (with One Last Breath, Hopes Die Last and Me In A Million)
03 Manchester Satan’s Hollow
05 Southampton Joiners
06 Leeds Cockpit
07 Nottingham Rock City
08 London Barfly
The latest release from Donovan Wolfington isn’t really an EP, more a collection of unrelated tracks, clustered together like awkward guests at a party. While you’d expect this disjointed nature to be off-putting, it all seems to come together after a few listens, resulting in an EP that is both fresh and familiar – a wonderful juxtaposition of opposites.
‘Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark’ is undoubtedly a chameleon record. Opening track ‘Sleeping’ leads you to believe you’re listening to a Front Bottoms-esque indie release, with a slick intro and lulling, muddy male and female vocals, before your sense of security is ripped away by ‘Qutting’, a track reminiscent of later Brand New, with screaming vocals, amazing guitar work and a strong post-hardcore sound. Donovan Wolfington are not a band with a comfort zone, and this is what makes them great. ‘Keef Ripper’ switches styles again with up-tempo pop rock, yet despite this none of the styles seem forced; in fact their fluidity makes each song interesting in its own right.
We’ve been fans of Leeds’ Walleater for quite some time now here at Already Heard, so you’ll probably guess we’ll be giving their new self-titled effort a glowing review right? Well nearly.
Don’t get me wrong, 'Walleater' certainly backs up any hype or momentum the quartet have. Throughout the band’s use of effect pedals giveaway to a sonic-sized soundscapes that are throughly pleasing. Opening track 'Give In To Me' is downtrodden in its delivery with a synth-like chorus giving the track resonance.
Having built up a veritable who’s who of former tour mates from the cream of British and International metal, and played Download all before releasing their debut album, Yorkshire’s With One Last Breath look set to finally be considered major players in their own right with hugely accomplished first long player ‘The Fearless Ones’.
The album title is certainly an apt one. ‘TFO’ brims with confidence and self-belief, and see’s the band come out all guns blazing from start to finish. Capturing just the right blend of brash, energetic passion and melodic awareness that a metal act hoping for major success needs to achieve, With One Last Breath have clearly learnt plenty from spending time on the road with such esteemed company.
No matter how oversaturated the scene gets, no matter how tired the tropes of the genre become, deathcore, it seems, steadfastly refuses to die. It may be a different beast now than it was back in 2006 when it was little more than ridiculous MySpace profile photos, chugs and pig squeals - it has had to relentlessly evolve and become more and more extreme to stand out from the competition. Deathcore doesn’t get much more extreme than Sunderland’s Nexilva, whose new record ‘Eschatologies’ is a monolithically crushing work, encompassing elements of djent and progressive metal into their bruising maelstrom of harsh vocals, monumental riffs and pounding blastbeats. However, for all its technical proficiency, and my personal pangs of jealousy at the otherworldly skills of the band at an age range of 20-22 (I’ve wasted my life…), the music feels a little soulless - besides “Wow, you’re really good at your chosen instruments”, it won’t make you feel much of anything.
After a brief intro track, the album gets underway with 'The Misdirection Of God', a tour-de-force of brutality played at an unrelentingly blistering pace. It becomes very apparent very quickly, though, that this album cannot be called out for particular high or low points - it’s all a dazzling spectacle in punishing technicality, like all the fireworks in a display going off at once, but no big bonfire afterwards to warm your cockles, thereby leaving one colder than an early November evening. Nexilva do occasionally temper their constant assault with some “ooky shpooky” synth parts borrowed from black metal, and while they do provide the occasional respite from the constant pummelling 'Eschathologies' doles out, they only serve to add a slight scent of Gorgonzola to proceedings.