It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from. As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.
Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. We spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths to discuss the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.
If metalcore is your thing then say hello to From Her Eyes. The Welsh quartet are exclusively streaming their debut EP 'Demons' right here on Already Heard.
Having been compared to everyone from Saves The Day to Brand New to Joyce Manor to Alkaline Trio, Long Island’s State Lines have a tricky task about establishing their own sound on this self-titled 7”. However its safe to say they make exceptional use of all those comparisons and more to create a four songs that have plenty of life in them.
Coming in at 11 minutes long, the 7” begins with ‘5’s On The Elephant’ and neat dual vocal work from Jonathan Dimitri and Tom Werring. Whilst the 90’s emo-like guitars fit the bands sound perfectly, even more so on 'Plenty Of Time' as they play off the bands pounding drums perfectly.
Whilst 'Cave In' takes the lo-fi pop punk route that wouldn’t sound out of place on Brand New’s ‘Your Favourite Weapon.’ Whereas ‘Win Free’ is a thriving closer that brings all the bands influences and comparisons into one; aching vocals, tight drumming and a suitable hook.
'State Lines' is short and straight to the point but it's more than likely you'll be hitting the repeat button instantly. It's that good! Sure the production isn't perfect and at times the comparisons are somewhat obvious, but nevertheless fans of all those bands mentioned earlier and more will definitely enjoy State Lines.
‘State Lines’ by State Lines is available now through Tiny Engines.
Words by Sean Reid