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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.
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)