Already Heard
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.
In the first edition of our new "Industry Insight" feature, we talk to producer Lewis Johns
to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.

Waking Aida Confirm Debut Album Release

Southampton experimental rock band Waking Aida have announced their debut album, 'Eschaton' will be released through Robot Needs Home Records on 2nd June.

The album is produced by Jamie Ward of Maybeshewill.

One track from the album, 'How To Build A Space Station' can be streamed by clicking read more.

4th Handmade Festival
23rd Canterbury w/ Delta Sleep
30th Arctangent Festival

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Echoes Announce UK Tour with Acres

Winchester post-metallers Echoes have announced they will follow up the recent release of their debut album, 'The Pursuit' with a UK tour in May.

Support comes from up and comers Acres, who recently released an EP titled 'Solace' through Small Town Records.

22 Static, Swansea*
23 Hellfire, Redhill
24 Sanctury, Bastingstoke
26 Adam & Eve’s, Birmingham
27 Downstairs, Aberdeen
28 Banshees, Edinburgh

Free Press To Meco Song Download (‘Family Ties’)

Croydon rock trio Press To Meco have released a new song called 'Family Ties', and offering it as a free download here.

The video for the track can be viewed after the jump.

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Album Review: Midday Committee - Girls in Open C

Hailing from Portsmouth, Midday Committee have come a long way since their inception in 2010 with national tours and two releases under their belt. On their third, 'Girls in Open C', they aim to cement their polished sound, with a lot of nods to influences such as The Story So Far, Transit and the like, as well as a lot of the newer wave of English poppy rock that they’ve shared a stage with, like Kids in Glass Houses and Don Broco. They’re in good company and provide.

Sound wise, its very much influenced by pop punk that takes itself a bit more seriously, while talking about the experience of youth and relationships in flux. There are lots of songs about the struggle to escape from small town blues, the kind of thing a lot of us can identify with, with. 'Hometowns' capture this frustration really well, and puts it to a singable chorus that its hard not to bounce along to. There’s also that ‘girl meets guy then messes him around’ relationship drama covered in 'Maybe I Should', with lush vocal harmonies and shouted gang vocals to lure you in. The vocals are well developed and compliment the clean, simple riffs in tracks like 'Casino', and these guys can sing, rather than trying to affect vocals that are a halfway house between singing and shouting.

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Versus: Alkaline Trio - ‘From Here to Infirmary’ vs. ‘Maybe I’ll Catch Fire’


With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the focus on Alkaline Trio.

Since forming in 1996, the Chicago band have released 9 albums under their belt. Add to that several EP’s, and forming a handful of side-projects, and you’re left with a dense discography with plenty to pick from.

With the band’s roots firmly in the punk/hardcore Chicago scene, the partnership of guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba and bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano has been the core ingredient to the band’s punk rock sound.

Alkaline Trio are one of the most influential punk rock bands in recent years, and for this installment of "Versus", two members of the Already Heard team have picked out a classic Trio album each with the belief that there chosen album is the band’s best. To begin with 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.

What do you consider to be Alkaline Trio’s best album and why? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

From Here to Infirmary (by Jay Sullivan)
Alkaline Trio
are my favourite band, I’m a full-on logo tattooed, card carrying Blood Pact member so I could have argued for any Alkaline Trio album as their best (except maybe the unspeakable 'This Addiction'). However, for me ‘From Here to Infirmary’ stands out as their finest, displaying the right balance between the band’s more punk-orientated older tracks and their poppier latter material.

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I Divide Stream Debut Album (‘Last One Standing’)

I Divide have launched a stream of their debut full-length - 'Last One Standing'.

The album is set to be released next week through Destroy Everything but can be streamed in full at Rock Sound or by clicking read more.

April w/ Blitz Kids and Fort Hope
21 Leicester, Scholar Bar
22 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
23 Guildford, Boiler Rooms
24 Exeter, Cavern
25 Lincoln, Engine Shed
26 Norwich, Epic Studios
27 Glasgow, Cathouse
28 Hull, Fruit
29 Newcastle, Think Tank
30 Stoke, Sugarmill

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12 New Bands Added to Sonisphere 2014 including Therapy?, Trash Talk, Canterbury and LostAlone

Sonisphere Festival organisers have announced 12 new acts to this years festival.

The latest announcements includes Therapy? who will be performing their 1995 album, 'Infernal Love' in full.

Other names announced are Atari Teenage Riot, Bo Ningen, Trash Talk, Canterbury, LostAlone, Bleed From Within, Dregen, TRC, Beastmilk, Malefice and Glass City Vice.

Sonisphere 2014 takes place at Knebworth House on 4th – 6th July.

Click read more to view the full line-up.

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Architects Posts Making of ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’ Video

Architects have posted a lengthy behind the scenes video of their latest album 'Lost Forever // Lost Together'.

The album is out now on Epitaph Records and the making of video can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Former Stagecoach Vocalist Reveals New Solo Project

Former Stagecoach vocalist Luke Barham has revealed the first single of his new solo project - Uncle Luc.

The single is called 'I Write' and can be streamed after the jump.

Luke will be previewing songs from his debut album at the following shows this month.

11th West End Centre, Aldershot
19th Notting Hill Arts Club, London (matinee)
19th The Old Blue Last, London

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Album Review: PUP - PUP

Though it feels odd to review a record that’s already been out for 6 months, when it’s an album as good as PUP's self-titled debut, a little refresher course in why it demands your immediate attention is warranted. The Torontonians, whose moniker is an acronym for Pathetic Use (of) Potential, originally released this triumphant blast of scuzzy, snarling, belligerent punk rock back in October 2013, and the groundswell of plaudits the quartet have been recieving have seen them sign a deal with prestigious punk label SideOneDummy, unleashing this fantastic LP to a wider audience whom PUP are coming for, whether they’re ready or not.

It’s a rare privilege to come across a debut as accomplished and emphatic as this - throughout the course of this record, PUP achieve a level of consistency where so many stumble, and manage to maintain their stance of being simultaneously anthemic, aggressive, boisterous and biting for the duration of the album. The listener is hooked within the first three tracks purely for the multitude of dimensions they purvey - from brash opener 'Guilt Trip', which has a sway and swagger reminiscent of Titus Andronicus, to the high-octane rocker 'Reservoir', and completing a relentless triumvirate with 'Mabu', which gives Weezer’s geek-rock a 21st century makeover, combining to form an astonishing combo that leaves one breathless.

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Red Seas Fire Release New EP for Free (‘Confrontation’)

Red Seas Fire have released their new EP, 'Confrontation' and offering it as a free download here.

A "Already Heard Track Guide" feature on the EP can be read here.

Doppelgänger Premiere ‘Hate The Things You Love’ Video

Wrexham Alt-rock newcomers Doppelgänger have premiered their new video for 'Hate The Things You Love'.

The track is the latest single to be taken from their forthcoming debut EP of the same name, and will be released on 5th May.

View the video after the jump below.

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Reckless Love and The Treatment Confirm RSD 2014 Split EP

Reckless Love and The Treatment will be teaming up for a limited split 12” EP release as part of Record Store Day on April 19th.

The 4-track will be released through Spinefarm Records.

A-side: Reckless Love
1. ‘Die Hard’ (taken from latest studio album, ‘Spirit’)
2. ‘Angel Falling’ (previously unreleased in the UK)
AA-side: The Treatment
1. ‘The Outlaw’ (taken from latest studio album, ‘Running With The Dogs’)
2. ‘Way Of The World’ (More cover - previously unreleased physically)

Machine Head Announce Intimate UK Dates

Machine Head have announced an intimate run of UK dates.

Frontman Robb Flynn made the following comment:

"In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe as well. We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe and the UK for this first leg of 2014. No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head fans that who don’t often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities. I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus. We’d never played there let alone, ever even heard of the fucking place. We were all a bit grumbly before the show, and you know what? It ended up being one of the most fun shows we’ve ever done. Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun. It’s Machine Head without all the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw. What will be really cool is that in the UK, we’ve never done a club tour, it happened so fast for us there that other than a handful of epically insane, wildly drunken Ten Ton Hammer club shows, we’ve only played bigger halls, so we are really looking forward to giving our fans something special there. Plus, we’ve been hearing from our Scottish fans for decades that we need to get to Edinburgh!!! So finally, 21 years into our existence, we’re coming and we’re ready to fucking plunder Scotland!!!!"

Tue 29th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thu 31st Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Sat 2nd Newcastle University
Sun 3rd Aug - Norwich Waterfront
Mon 4th Aug - Brighton Concorde

Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 11th April.

We Are The Ocean Announce October UK Tour

We Are The Ocean have announced their first UK tour in 14 months, and will take place in October.

The quartet are also planning a new EP with producer Peter Miles.

Tue 14 Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
Wed 15 Bristol, Fleece
Thu 16 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Sat 18 Birmingham, Academy 2
Sun 19 Manchester, Academy 3
Mon 20 Leeds, Cockpit
Tue 21 Edinburgh, Liquid Room
Thu 23 London, Scala
Fri 24 Reading, The Bowery District

Tickets go on sale this Friday 11th April.