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INTERVIEW: MOOSE BLOOD
This week Canterbury emo-rock four piece Moose Blood release their debut full-length.
Entitled 'I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time', the record contains eleven songs that
wear their hearts on their sleeves and is wrapped in a plethora of catchy hooks. We spoke to two fourths of the band as drummer Glenn Harvey and bassist Kyle Todd discussed the
album, working with Beau Burchell, joining up with No Sleep Records, and more.
EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: HORA DOUSE - CRASH
The new EP from Manchester's Hora Douse, 'Crash' is streaming right here on Already Heard. Give it a listen and relive those older days when post hardcore could be a little bit twangly.
FIVES: MUST HEAR OCTOBER 2014 RELEASES
Last month we were spoilt for choice when it came to picking our must hear releases for September, and October is no different. Find out what the Already Heard team picked out as their five essential releases for October.
ALREADY HEARD VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: WE FIGHT LIKE KIDS - FALCONER
On Monday November 3rd, Midland hardcore punk band We Fight Like Kids release their
debut EP, 'Superficial Behaviour'. However we're premiering their new video for 'Falconer' right here on Already Heard.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: ALBURN
For Scottish quartet Alburn, their latest EP ('Mouthful of Glass') has been a longtime coming. Having undergone a slight line-up since their formation in 2007, 'Mouthful of Glass'
showcases a significant amount of growth and maturity. We spoke to Pete Duthie to ask him about the bands background, that inevitable Brand New comparison, the Scottish music
scene and more.
EXCLUSIVE EP PREMIER: NOYO MATHIS - ENDURE
On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
INTERVIEW: NECK DEEP
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece
haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.


Live Photos: Allusondrugs - Rock City Basement, Nottingham - 11/10/2014

Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Live Review: Lonely The Brave, Marmozets and Allusondrugs - Rock City Basement, Nottingham - 11/10/2014

After playing a plethora of festivals and having both recently released critically acclaimed debut albums, there could be no better time to see Lonely The Brave and Marmozets. But before the co-headliners we have Allusondrugs. The long-haired Yorkshire five piece provide a strong set with their mix of grungy rock with a hint psychedelica. Throughout they are energetic and showcase their melodic edge to an appreciative crowd. Although they’re far from extraordinary, Allusondrugs have a good foundation to progress in the coming months. (2.5/5)

24 hours removed from playing London’s Scala venue, it could be considered Marmozets are winding things down having played the nations capital. However they’re more than willing to provide a show to this sold out crowd. From the opening moments of 'Born Young and Free', the Leeds band feed off the crowd’s adrenaline. Tracks like ‘Is It Horrible’ have an underlying groove that give way to a huge chorus that is made for an intimate setting like tonight’s. Recent single 'Captivate You' is sung in unison, ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ is as explosive as the first time we heard it and 'Hit The Wave' is simply powerful with its soaring chorus and spiralling guitar work. The growth of Marmozets has been astounding and tonight showcases how far they’ve come. A thoroughly satisfying set that left us wanting more. (4.5/5)

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Gerard Way Announces Birmingham and Southampton January 2015 Shows

Although his first of UK tour dates have yet to take place, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has announced shows in Birmingham and Southampton to his short run of UK shows in January. He will also be playing Brixton Academy as part of the brief trip over.

November
5th The Ritz, Manchester
6th Academy, Oxford
7th ABC, Glasgow
9th Y Plas, Cardiff
10th Koko, London

January
20th O2 Academy, Birmingham (just announced)
21st O2 Guildhall, Southampton (just announced)
23rd Brixton Academy, London

Tickets for the Birmingham and Southampton dates are on sale from 9am, Friday 17th October.

The Lion And The Wolf Details New Album (‘Symptoms’)

Tom George aka The Lion and the Wolf has revealed details of his new album - 'Symptoms'.

The album will be released self-released through George’s Courage And Stone Records label on November 24th.

1. Bandages
2. Colour
3. Hand of Applause
4. Perfect Threes
5. November Saints
6. Tangled Tape
7. Ghosts on Trinity
8. Ink and Skin
9. Symptoms
10. The Hole That it Leaves
11. The Lion and the Wolf
12. Curtain Call
13. Green
14. Courage and Stone (Bonus Track)

'Symptoms' can be pre-ordered here. You can also stream a track called 'Colour' by clicking read more.

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Mallory Knox Reveal ‘Asymmetry’ Album Release Shows

Although the release of 'Asymmetry' has been pushed back to October 27th, Mallory Knox are still going to make it worth our wait by announcing two album release shows in London and Cardiff.

October
27 Madame Jojo’s, London
30 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Mallory Knox will follow the release of 'Asymmetry' with a full UK headline tour next month. Support comes from Frnkiero and the Cellabration, Fort Hope and Moose Blood.

November
9th Kasbah, Coventry
10th Garage, Glasgow
11th O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
12th Metropolitan University, Leeds
14th O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
15th Academy 2, Manchester
16th Leadmill, Sheffield
17th Cresset, Peterborough
19th Roadmenders, Northampton
20th O2 Academy, Bristol
21st O2 Academy, Oxford
22nd The Institute, Birmingham
24th Concorde 2, Brighton
25th Pyramid, Portsmouth
26th Electric Ballroom, London
27th Electric Ballroom, London*
*New date due to popular demand

will be released through Epic Records and Search and Destroy on October 27th.

New Bring Me The Horizon Single Confirmed (‘Drown’)

With anticipation building for their London’s Wembley Arena on December 5th, Bring Me The Horizon have announced they will follow up the show with the release of a new single called 'Drown' on December 7th.

Bring Me The Horizon are gearing up to enter the studio early next year to record the follow up to 'Sempiternal'.

Slipknot Announce UK Arena Tour with KoRn

Slipknot will be bringing their 'Prepare For Hell' tour to the UK in January. Nu-Metal legends KoRn will be joining them as support.

January
16 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
18 Glasgow SSE Hydro
19 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
20 Manchester Arena
22 Liverpool Echo Arena
23 London Wembley SSE Arena
24 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
26 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
27 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

Tickets go on sale on Friday October 17th.

Album Review: State Champs - The Acoustic Things EP

imageUnless you’ve been living under a rock, or simply haven’t paid much attention to the international pop-punk scene of late, you’ll be more then aware that Albany NY’s State Champs are one of the genre’s hottest new bands in years. Their debut LP ‘The Finer Things’ was quite literally a damned fine first effort and a superb offering in its own right, featuring a great mix of raw pop-punk energy and razor sharp melodies and emotive song writing; while managing to avoid the overly sheened production which plagues the genre. While at this year’s Slam Dunk Festivals the four piece where pretty much the most over-subscribed and popular band of the weekend.

With all this in mind it won’t just be Already Heard that are stoked to finally hear what’s next from the band. And that comes in the form of new EP ‘The Acoustic Things’. Now before we all get too excited it should probably be made clear that the description new is probably a mite deceptive. Of the six tracks on offer here, four are actually acoustic re-workings of tracks taken from ‘The Finer Things’ with just the last two being completely new acoustic numbers. To get another niggle out of the way, again re-workings is probably pushing it a little. All four arrangements are very, very similar to the originals, for the most part the only major difference seeming to be that more or less the same guitar parts are being played acoustic rather than electric and that there is a minimum of percussion involved. Although to give the band their due in places there are some very neat and commendably used piano fills used to replace guitar solos.

That said the four tracks from ‘The FinerThings’ are the absolute best tracks from what is a record which only features great songs, so it goes without saying that every song on offer hear is excellent. It merely seems like State Champs could have put a little more effort into mixing the songs up a bit, think for example the way Yellowcard or Mayday Parade did on their acoustic reissues.

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Album Review: From Indian Lakes - Absent Sounds

Triple Crown’s roster is probably the strongest it has been for a number of years and ‘Absent Sounds’, by Californian rockers From Indian Lakes, proves there’s plenty of depth and variety to the bands they’re working with.

Probably the first thing that strikes you about From Indian Lakes is Joey Vannucchi’s frankly ridiculous voice. It’s the sound of a bona fide pop star and has such incredible range and texture that it is the clear focal point on a sprawling and beautifully-constructed record. It’s the sort of voice where you find yourself hanging onto every word or lyric, often to the detriment of the music.

Fortunately, from a musical point of view, ‘Absent Sounds’ is also sufficiently interesting and challenging, so it never feels like a vehicle for Vannucchi’s voice. Instead, you have a record which has clear appeal but which isn’t going to give you everything on a plate and will make you invest to get the most out of what it has to offer.

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Album Review: Emperor Yes - An Island Called Earth

Emerging from the cultivated stable of Already Heard favourites Alcopop! Records comes one of its newest acquisitions, London-based synth-poppers Emperor Yes. Featuring a familiar face to some in drummer Adam Betts, who normally plies his trade in math-prog extraordinaires Three Trapped Tigers, this outfit present a change of pace for the aforementioned Betts, as the trio play a mixture of psychedelia á la The Flaming Lips, combined with more modern chart-botherers such as Passion Pit, MGMT & Everything Everything. The overriding lyrical theme is that of space, as can be gleaned from song titles such as 'Cosmic Cat', 'Intergalactic Quarantine' and 'Carl Sagan', the latter named for a notable astrophysicist. So, in terms of 'An Island Called Earth', what can the initials “NASA” stand for? “Not “Alf Sounding Amazing”? “Nasty Abhorrent Shitty Album”? Somewhere in between the two, I feel; although it has its moments, this ultimately is “Nice Albeit Slightly Anaemic”.

As lovely and airy as most of these tracks are, this is little more than background music. Not that there’s anything wrong with background music - after all, you don’t need to have your head caved in by riffs whilst you’re painting a room or doing a spreadsheet. Unfortunately though, background music isn’t very engaging to review and while there are a lot of positive features to this record, such as the charmingly bizarre lyrical content of 'Wasps' which imagines a world invasion by the titular furry pests (“I for one welcome our new insect overlords”, etc), too much of it floats by without leaving much of a lasting effect. There’s only so many times one can listen to slight variations on the same synth riff without growing a little tired, despite Summer Camp’s Jeremy Warmsley’s stellar (NPI) production job.

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Weekly US News Roundup (12/10/2014)

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Well it’s been another jam-packed week of fresh music from the States. With the likes of Slipknot, Transit, Restorations, Rancid , Forever Came Calling, Somos, Young Statues and Courtesy Drop all teasing their forthcoming releases.

Whilst Gerard Way, Finch, Issues and Citizen show off their new videos.

As for new releases, Knuckle Puck and Front Porch Step have revealed details of their new EP’s whilst Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Dads, Kittyhawk, and The Bots are streaming their new albums in full.

Finally we have some sad news regarding Hostage Calm.

If you have any news to contribute to future "US News Roundup"'s, please e-mail us at info@alreadyheard.com.

Slipknot continue to preview their new '.5: The Gray Chapter' album and have posted a track called 'Custer'.

Gerard Way has released his new video for 'Millions'.

Hostage Calm have broken up.

Finch' new video for 'Anywhere But Here' can be viewed here.

You can stream the debut album from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness here.

Transit have posted several songs from their forthcoming 'Joyride' LP - 'The Only One', 'Saturday, Sunday', 'Sweet Resistance' and 'Nothing Left To Lose'.

Knuckle Puck are set to release a new EP called 'While I Stay Secluded' on October 28th via Bad Timing Records.

1. Transparency
2. Oak Street
3. Alexander Pl.
4. But Why Would You Care?
5. In My Room
6. Bedford Falls

Issues have premiered their new video for 'Mad Ay Myself'.

The new album from Dads, 'I'll Be The Tornado' is streaming here.

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Fights and Fires Premier New Music Video

Worcester punks Fights and Fires have premiered their new music video for the song 'Happy'.

'Happy' is taken from their split 7” with Idle Class, which is available now via Black Star Foundation.

Click read more to view the new video.

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Enter Shikari Announce Second London Show

Due to popular demand, Enter Shikari have announced a second show at The Roundhouse in London. The show will take place on Friday 27th February.

February
Mon 16 Pyramids, Portsmouth
Tue 17 Yplas, Cardiff
Wed 18 Civic, Wolverhampton
Fri 20 Academy, Manchester
Sat 21 Barrowland, Glasgow
Sun 22 Town Hall, Middlesbrough
Tue 24 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Wed 25 UEA, Norwich
Thur 26 Roundhouse, London
Fri 27 Roundhouse, London

Enter Shikari's fourth album, 'The Mindsweep' will be released on Monday 19th January 2015, via Ambush Reality / Play It Again Sam.

Lonely The Brave Release ‘The Blue, The Green’ Video

Following on from the release of their critically acclaimed album 'The Day's War' last month, Lonely The Brave have released the music video for 'The Blue, The Green'. Click read more to view the video.

Lonely The Brave are currently on tour with Marmozets and Allusondrugs. They will also be touring with Deaf Havana and Verses in December.

October
11th Rock City Basement, Nottingham 13th Corporation, Sheffield 14th O2 Academy 2, Newcastle 15th O2 Academy 2, Birmingham 16th Open, Norwich
December
14th Academy, Bournemouth
15th Princess Pavilions, Falmouth
16th Lemon Grove, Exeter
17th Kasbah, Coventry
18th King George’s Hall
19th Empire, Middlesborough
20th Engine Shed, Lincoln

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Forever Cult Stream New Double A-Side Single

Huddersfield indie grunge trio Forever Cult have launched a stream of their new double A-side single, 'Yasmin/OceanOceanOcean'.

Both tracks can be streamed by clicking read more, and the single is released on November 3rd via Clue Records.

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