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.
Currently amidst headlining main stage of the mighty Vans Warped Tour, Southern California’s Of Mice & Men are going from strength to strength this year and we’re not even two thirds of the way through it. After facing the sad departure of bassist/vocalist Shaley Bourget in February the remaining four members held themselves together and are becoming one of the biggest talents to grace the metalcore scene. The two disk Deluxe Re-Issue of their overwhelming release ‘The Flood’ treats fans to four brand new tracks on the first disk and the original record on the second disk.
Describe the four new tracks in one word? HUGE. Place emphasis on the capitals too. Following a logical pattern in track names: ‘The Calm’; ‘The Storm’; ‘The Flood’; ‘The Depths’; Of Mice & Men take the listener on a mind blowing journey with their musical talents, exploring the realms of metalcore and producing some of the finest sounds to come out of 2012 so far.
Introducing the brand new material is instrumental ‘The Calm’ which as the title suggests shows the peaceful side ofOf Mice & Men’s musical abilities, straying away from their grittier metalcore sounds. Nonetheless, their talents shine just as much in this opening as they do in their more recognised heavier tracks showing the diverse skill of the quartet.
Leading straight into second track ‘The Storm’ welcomes the vocals of Austin Carlile, continuing with the melodic guitars from the previous track. The brewing of ‘the storm’ is soon waved goodbye to, removing the tranquillity and replacing it with the rapid riffs that Of Mice & Men consistently smash to perfection. This is continued with ‘The Flood’, yet another killer track from the quartet.
Final track ‘The Depths’ has been streaming online for just over a month receiving an astounding response. No wonder: its introduction’s build up kicks into riffs and roars galore, producing a forceful sound that would create an intense hype in any live atmosphere.
The original release behind the Deluxe Re-Issue is not to be forgotten with ‘The Flood’ being one of the best metalcore albums to be released in 2011. Austin Carlile’s distinct roars combined with the exceptional efforts from other band members make ‘The Flood’ such an individual record.
If Of Mice & Men can release four jaw dropping new tracks to add to an already outstanding album then I wait in eager anticipation for the next full length release. ‘The Flood Deluxe Re-Issue’ is a true masterpiece by the Californian quartet. Next stop: World Domination.
'The Flood (Deluxe Reissue)' by Of Mice & Men is available now on Rise Records.
Words by Hannah Gillicker