It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from. As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.
Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. We spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths to discuss the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.
If metalcore is your thing then say hello to From Her Eyes. The Welsh quartet are exclusively streaming their debut EP 'Demons' right here on Already Heard.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts and with a sound that is reminiscent of early 2000’s Vagrant Records (The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day and The Anniversary) and a mixture of male-female vocals, Save Ends bring a well-round, refreshing take on harmonious indie pop punk on 'Strength Vs. Will.'
From the start 'Time and Tarnish' sets the standard with subtly emo-driven guitars nicely complimenting the duo vocal play from Christine Atturio and Brendan Cahill, a trait that is thankfully consistent throughout especially on 'Sweet Defeat.'
Throughout 'Strength Vs. Will' the quintet provide comforting blasts of hook-filled emo pop punk that are well balanced and don’t lose momentum; the uplifting ‘Settling Here’ neatly gives way to the rich sounding 'Resurrection Hub' which also thrives off the layered duel vocal melodies.
Although the slight Tigers Jaw comparison exists here and there, its the bands bright choruses and overall clear, resonating sound that makes 'Strength Vs. Will' essential listen.
It wouldn’t surprise me if this unsigned band are snapped up soon, as its clearly evident from 'Strength Vs. Will' that Save Ends are bound for bigger things.
'Strength Vs. Will' by Save Ends is available as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp.
Words by Sean Reid (@SeanReid86)