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.
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)