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.
The Roughneck Riot are an unusual prospect. 'This Is Our Day' is their second album, released on Bomber Records. They are a 6-piece folk infused punk band from Warrington featuring mandolins, accordions, banjos and heaps of punk-rock guitars to boot. They sit somewhere between the gypsy punk of Gogol Bodello, the folkcore stylings of Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun and the punk earnestness of Hot Water Music playing NOFX covers. If the combination of all of the above sounds even remotely intriguing to you, then The Roughneck Riot could well be your new favourite band.
Opening track ‘Ignorance Is Easy’ is hook-laden folk-punk with a gruff vocal in the vein of Crazy Arm. Upbeat and high tempo, The Roughneck Riot beguile from first listen, with the memorable, politically tinged, refrain ‘ignorance is easy when you’re told what to believe’ lodging itself firmly in your mind.
The album is not all jaunty folk tunes though as there is a serious punk-rock undercurrent to The Roughneck Riot as songs like ‘Just Because’ showcase. ‘Waiting To Die’ also brings the punk sound of the band into sharper focus. With discontented lyrics about life, love and society, these songs show another side to this intriguing band.
Toe-tapping and incredibly infectious, by the time ‘What About Us’ comes around midway through the record it’s hard not to want to start your own mosh pit no matter where you listen to it. The whole album is held together by a frantic, fast-paced, fun energy.
Closer ‘Million Miles’ provides a fittingly rowdy conclusion to the album and as the final notes fade away, it is hard to wipe the smile from your face. Suffice to say, the album has completely charmed me.
From start to finish, 'This Is Our Day' is a gripping record. Urgent and political, but also jovial and celebratory, it is a well-realised album. The Roughneck Riot demonstrate a fresh and unique sound that is almost impossible not to like. A record of frenetic energy that makes you want to mosh until you’re covered in beer and sweat.
'This Is Our Day' by The Roughneck Riot is out now on Bomber Music.
Words by Tom White (@whiteywitters)