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.
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.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
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)