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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.
New Jersey based pop-punkers I Call Fives have been slowly infecting people’s eardrums for a while now but this is their first proper album. It’s self-titled and it’s no doubt going to win them a lot more converts to their melodic, radio-friendly pop-punk sound.
Kicking off the record is ‘Late Nights,’ tackling the familiar pop-punk topic of break-ups. Bitter lyrics wrapped in sugary sweet guitars á la Kids In Glass Houses characterise the song, with vocals akin to Boys Like Girls or Mayday Parade. There is a refinement to I Call Fives that few pop-punk bands have, although they tread common ground for the genre with spiteful refrains like “I’m not sorry for a word I said” in ‘The Fall Guy’ these seem wholly appropriate, cathartic and good fun too.
'Stuck in ‘03' acknowledges their influences more explicitly as Fall Out Boy’s seminal album Take This To Your Grave is name-checked. There are both lyrical and musical similarities between I Call Fives and Fall Out Boy, but rather than being stuck in 2003 like the song suggests, the band manage to update and refresh the sound that Fall Out Boy pioneered.
An impressive debut is capped off with ‘Sleep Well,’ another slice of catchy and light-hearted pop-punk in the vein of The Story So Far and in my opinion an album highlight. With songs of this magnitude, and an ever-growing fan base, I Call Fives are on an upward trajectory. Their brand of music is very popular at the moment and there is a sense that this album could be the start of something very big indeed.
This is a neat album of punchy pop-punk songs. I Call Fives tick all the boxes generically, but do so with such eloquence it makes this album worth taking a look at. Though they will not be to everybody’s taste, they sit comfortably in the higher end of an overcrowded pop-punk market. Charming and persuasive music.
'I Call Fives' by I Call Fives is out now on Pure Noise Records.
Words by Tom White (@whiteywitters)