On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
Wot Gorilla? are back with their debut full length ‘Kebnekaise,’ a very commendable release that twists the usual sounds of progressive rock and makes it something of its own. The technicality from start to finish in this record is astounding with each band member mastering their instrument to a tee, contributing individually to create a very fresh and distinct sound for their niche genre.
Opening instrumental ‘I beat up the bathroom. I’m sorry’ distinctly welcomes Wot Gorilla?’s sound, a very quirky and upbeat interpretation of progressive rock and math pop. This is continued throughout the whole record and albeit occasionally repetitive, ‘Kebnekaise’ is far too catchy for that to be criticised.
‘Melted Welly’ introduces vocals from Mat Haigh whose soft sounds perfectly match the overall vibe of the record; any harsher sung vocals would sound out of place. This can be said for all except finale track ‘Snow White’ that welcomes distorted screams at the end. This wasn’t to be expected at all but I have to say that it worked surprisingly well; so well in fact that it would have been nice to hear similar throughout the record.
Short intro ‘SB’ flows directly into ‘Suspects,’ a track that is full to the brim with peculiar time signatures, a key element in Wot Gorilla?’s style. This is one of the reasons why the quartet sounds so distinct: you don’t know what to expect to happen at any point throughout the album on first listen, keeping you on your toes and hooking you from start to finish.
‘Hold Me Back’ initially slows ‘Kebnekaise’ down proving Wot Gorilla?’s innovative ability to explore all areas of their genre. This track is signature to the record, shifting from a slow rhythmic first half and progressing back to the Wot Gorilla? that has been so distinct previously throughout the record
I’ve been taken aback by the sound that these 11 tracks create: a combination of math, progressive rock and pop bundled together to produce an overwhelmingly infectious mash-up. If you haven’t given these boys a chance yet then do so and check out ‘Kebnekaise;’ like me you’ll question why you haven’t done sooner.
'Kebnekaise' by Wot Gorilla? is released on August 27th.
Words by Hannah Gillicker (@HannahGillicker)