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Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record
'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release,
we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First,
As the second stage of this years Red Bull Studios London Download Festival competition
gets underway, Already Heard highlights 5 of the top 100 bands in the first part of our
new "Red Bull Rated And Recommended" series.
Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album
'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound. Before they kicked off their current
UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the
opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'.
For Northern quintet Bentley Park it has been a long two years. Since forming 2011, the post-hardcore have been refining their sound and preparing for the release of their debut EP, 'Innocence', which finally sees the light of day this week. The EP takes the pop-punk sensibilities of their former band, and combines them with an edgy rock sound. We recently spoke to vocalist James Shaw to find out more.
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.
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.
Welcome to the third instalment of Something For The Weekend. We’re starting to get into the swing of things now but we still want to hear who YOU think should be featured.
This week we feature the newest post-Los Mendozas band from Brighton (Summerslam 88), Hardcore darker than Nolan’s newest film (No Fun) and a compilation of the best UK Emo from Close To Home Records.
Feel free to contact me on Richard@AlreadyHeard.com with your suggestions, abuse and inappropriate proposals.
FFO: H2O, Bouncing Souls
Another summer, another pop punk band from Brighton including one or more members of the sadly defunct Los Mendozas (this time it’s Mark of Corrigan fame). Summerslam 88 is a little heavier either of the previous bands mentioned, with more than a passing similarity to the legendary Bouncing Souls and H2O. The seven songs available to download cover the standard punk rock subjects of ‘the scene’ and ‘growing up, not giving in’ whilst also managing to sneak a couple of wrestling references between the lines. It’s nothing groundbreaking but it’s definitely worth making space for it on your summer playlist.
FFO: Graf Orlock, Lich, and Self Loathing.
No Fun are nothing like Summerslam88. No Fun play angry, negative hardcore. It’s fast, it’s loud and it makes you want to punch things - all in all, a perfect band for those times when positivity and songs about girls just don’t cut it. Since forming in the summer of 2011 they’ve had 3 releases on a variety of labels plus there’s another two in the pipeline so I think it’s fair to say that there’s not much chance of them slowing down anything soon!
Close To Home & Friends Vol 2
FFO: UK Emo and Pop punk.
There’s nothing overly complicated about the second instalment in Joe’s Close To Home & Friends compilation series. It’s simply a collection of tracks showcasing some of the best UK Emo and Pop Punk. I’d recommend a couple of stand out tracks if I could but if I’m honest there isn’t a duff contribution on there so stop reading and start streaming!
Words by Richard Heaven (@RichardHeaven)