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.
Gainesville, Florida is well renowned for producing excellent punk music. It is from here that Dikembe try to carve their way out of the legendary city and differentiate themselves from the wealth of other bands in the area.
‘Nothing. Stuff’ is a brooding and bubbling opening track, serving as little more than an introductory track from which ‘Apology Not Fucking Accepted’ can explode into. With the lyrical earnestness of Into It. Over It crossed with the passion of The Wonder Years tinged with the musical style of Hey Mercedes, it is a rabid opener to the album.
Single ‘We Could Become River Rats’ is about life growing up in Gainesville, about spending time with your best friends and every other familiar pop-punk trope you can care to shake a snap-back at. There is earnestness to this kind of writing, a simplicity that lends itself to very unpretentious and joyfully organic songs. If you like to hear someone singing about their best friends, you’ll enjoy this album ever the more however to me it is a well-worn shtick that only half-works for Dikembe here.
With song titles like ‘Librarians Kill For That Kind Of Quiet’ (for my money, the best track on the album) Dikembe show themselves to be self-aware, intelligent and thoughtful song-writers and there’s a lot of promise in 'Broad Shoulders' that goes somewhat unfulfilled. Closing track ‘Sorry, I Can’t Stick Around’ is another neat pop-punk track, well realised but somehow not quite fantastic.
I wish I could enthuse more about this album because Dikembe have a very likeable sound that will take them places but in the end 'Broad Shoulders' ends up being only a good album, not a great one. It’s a perfectly enjoyable album but without a real magic moment or stand out track. It’s an album worth checking out as it is very much above average, however it lacks true brilliance.
'Broad Shoulders' by Dikembe is available now on Tiny Engines.
Words by Tom White (@WhiteyWitters)