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.
As festival season fast approaches, a wealth of notable album releases are happening
in the coming months. We take a look at five must hear releases for April.
This edition of SFTW includes a heavily hyped Canadian punk band, a Philadelphian
lo-fi emo band and a brand new punk rock trio from the States who have recently released their first song.
Big Awesome is a mighty proposition as band names go, but this three-piece are trying their best to put their money where their mouth is with their debut EP 'Birdfeeder.' With comparisons to nineties emo and Braid especially, they have a lot to live up to with Birdfeeder, and for a debut, self-released EP, they sound remarkably complete and focussed.
‘Grey’s Birthday’ flutters along airily á la Jack’s Mannequin, with dreamy, carefree guitars creating the perfect road trip song. There is a recklessness and genuine euphoria to the track which is refreshing.
Bass led title track ‘Birdfeeder’ is a slightly different proposition. Sharper, harsher gang vocals are present against the loose, melodious guitar sound which has gained a slightly jagged edge. Discordant in places, but never unnecessarily, the track earns its’ status as lead single by being catchy.
‘Drawing A Line In The Sand’ is more classically punk rock, with obvious hints of The Menzingers about it. Punchier and more aggressive than the rest of the EP, this song shows a band with much potential and a varied style.
Closing track ‘Living With Love’ is a bitter, punk track and a fitting conclusion. The track fizzes along nicely without a true explosion, a long fuse without a detonation. This shows not a failure in song writing however, but a refinement to the sound that Big Awesome put onto record. There is a knowing intelligence to the tracks that always keeps them sounding fresh.
This is an EP of contrasting sounds; it veers from the peaceful to the chaotic, the low-energy to the high-energy but always retains a sense of perspective and is fun to listen to as well. It crams a lot into its’ four tracks and makes for a very promising album appetiser indeed. Big Awesome? They’re on their way, definitely.
'Birdfeeder' EP by Big Awesome is available now on Bandcamp.
Words by Tom White (@WhiteyWitters)