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.
Meet melodic punk rock quartet Watch Commander, a band that has a lot under their belt since forming a year and a half ago. With two EPs already to their name the quartet has wasted no time in heading back to the studio to record debut full length ‘Clock and Compass,’ a fun loving record that is full of infectious melodies. Having already shared a stage with some big names in the punk rock scene, Watch Commander have achieved more in a year and a half than most would achieve in a matter of years.
‘Clock and Compass’ makes Watch Commander the British Bayside, in particular Si Rutherford’s vocals resembling those of Anthony Raneri. This can also be said for the melodic guitars and, in fact, the overall sound of the record. This isn’t to say that Watch Commander are a double act by any means, although a British spin on the punk rock sounds that Bayside are known and loved for would perhaps have given the record a bit more of an edge.
‘Cheating Death’ opens the album, perhaps the most energetic track on the record and a great way to introduce the quartet’s talents. This is similar to mid album track ‘Stillwater’ another signature track on ‘Clock and Compass’ alongside ‘Turning the Page,’ both bursting with lively drum beats and dynamic guitars.
Just 49 seconds long, ‘Same Ghosts’ acts as a tranquil interlude, focusing on Rutherford’s vocals with softer guitar chords complimenting his peaceful sounds in this track. Other tracks including ‘Twenty-First’ similarly show the calmer side of Watch Commander in that they slow the pace down in the first verse but then welcome back the upbeat melodies that start off the track.
Watch Commander’s first full length is very admirable: after coming so far in such a short space of time and self-releasing ‘Clock and Compass,’ the quartet have definite guts and determination. It would have been nice to hear an album lengthier than 30 minutes but what they lack in quantity the band make up for in quality, producing 11 short but very commendable tracks.
'Clock And Compass' by Watch Commander is out now here.
Words by Hannah Gillicker (@HannahGillicker)