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.
Over the past five or so years, any pop rock band with a female vocalist has instantly been compared to that band beginning with ‘P’ (you know the one) and for London’s Joia they have the same predicament but thankfully this début EP ('Match Light') allows the quintet the establish their own sound.
The title track is a strong opener with an atmospheric verse giving away to a stirring chorus with confident vocals from Athina Andrelos. Whilst the bands guitar-focused sound is appreciated and give them a needed edge. Whereas 'Enough of You' and 'Our Town' shows the bands poppy capabilities and with decent musicianship and song-structure, Joia are able to keep you hooked.
On the other hand 'Let Down' is a more sincere affair and takes a slight ballad-esque with drifting guitars waving in and out track and hints at the bands potential to stretch beyond the standard pop rock sound.
For a début release, 'Match Light' succeeds in Joia’s mission of simply being noticed as over the course of four songs they have confidently shown their ability to write pleasing pop rock songs that have an appreciative, mature substance rather than the usual energetic, catchy songs their US counterparts often provide.
If they can expand on their ideas and avoid the Paramore comparison pitfall, Joia could be on to something.
'Match Light' EP by Joia is released as a free download on July 16th.