Having finally released début album ‘Blood And Chemistry,’ we met up with vocalist/guitarist Andrew Groves to discuss the new album, being compared to Biffy Clyro and more.
Currently on tour with The Summer Set and a new EP set to be released soon, we caught
up with New Forest's Natives to talk about the new EP and album, the UK rock scene, the transition from being Not Advised to becoming Natives and much more.
This week Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years released their fourth album - ‘The Greatest Generation,’ a record that sees the pop punk quintet reach their creative peak in a number of ways. With a wealth of material in their discography, Already Heard's Sean Reid and Tom Knott took on the tricky task of picking out the five best songs from The Wonder Years. Find out what we picked and let us know if you agree or disagree?
Following the release of their superb 'Signals' album, Mallory Knox have certainly become ones to watch in recent months. We caught up with the band to discuss joining Search & Destroy Records, how vital the festival season and touring are, what it feels like to be a part
of the expanding British rock scene and much more.
Over The Ocean have crafted a compelling, brooding record with their latest effort ‘Be Given To The Soil.’ With intense specific precision and delicate accuracy that echoes the likes of Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros. Jesse Hill from the band to discusses how the
album came together, the importance of precision, being compared to post-rock pioneers and more.
After a top ten UK album and an outstanding UK tour with festival dates on both sides of the Atlantic to follow, Bring Me The Horizon are having a fantastic 2013 and are now featured in the latest edition of "Versus." It's ‘There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ vs the bands latest release, 'Sempiternal.'
With last year’s ‘By Way of Introduction,’ Berkeley, California’s The American Scene set the standard high with their confident brand of indie pop-rock. It was consistent yet lacked variation and at times it was too easy to compare the quartet to bands like The Dangerous Summer and The Starting Line.
On ‘Safe For Now’ TAS have the tricky task of topping it. However its clear from the start that this band has grown into a mature indie rock band that thrives on emotive lyrics, warmly delivered by Matthew Vincent. Early on tracks like ‘Blood Orange’ and ‘Hungry Hands’ show the bands more sincere and structured approach yet subtly keep the bands pop sensibilities with soaring choruses.
Elsewhere ‘When You’re Undone’ and ‘Shape Shifter’ contain a darker edge which is fittingly combined with cathartic lyrics; on ‘Shape Shifter’ Vincent sings “I heard you don’t believe in God anymore, I heard you fell out of love”.
‘The View From Here’ is an album highlight with its pinging guitar notes, intense vocal delivery and haunting lyrics. It has a slight emo edge and some may even compare it to Brand New. Nevertheless it s the aforementioned combination that draws you in and makes you realise how much this band has progressed since ‘By Way of Introduction’.
For the later stages of ‘Safe For Now,’ TAS to an extent return to their pop-rock roots; ‘Used to You’ is an upbeat, bass-driven number that is a welcomed reminder of where they’ve come from and where they now are.
Although ‘Safe For Now’ isn’t quite as instant as its predecessor, given time both new and old listeners will embrace it as the bands sincere lyrical approach has been neatly combined with a honest matureness, which gives them a much needed varied sound. Whilst it’s not all-round perfect, the bands progression is coming along well and their potential will continue to grow with this release.
‘Safe For Now’ by The American Scene is available now on Pure Noise Records.
Words by Sean Reid (@SeanReid86)