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Combined by an admiration for early 2000’s emo bands, Brighton’s As It Is are the latest emerging pop-punk band to be making waves in the UK. Next week sees the release of the bands second EP, 'This Mind Of Mine' which sees them grow as a cohesive unit to produce four songs of honest pop-punk. Having received an overwhelming response from a
Kickstarter campaign and with vocalist Patty Walters’ dedicated YouTube following, As It Is
are a band on the rise. We caught up with Ben to find out more.
After receiving a five star review last month, next Monday sees the UK release of Twin Forks' self-titled debut album. However we're giving away three copies of the album. Find out how you can win one of thee copies here.
With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
Sean Reid shows us why 'Guilt Show' shouldn't be dismissed.
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)