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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.
Rising Indie/Emo band Dowsing hail from Chicago, Illinois and are just one many US bands part of the recent emo revival alongside the likes of Joie De Vivre and Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate). All of which are part of the brilliant Count Your Lucky Stars Records roster.
With a one 7” ('All I Could Find Was You'), a split with Parker and now their full-length album 'It's Still Pretty Terrible' under their belt, Dowsing are a highly promising quartet that have all the right ingredients for the perfect emo band; sincere lyrics delivered in a gentle but somewhat poppy fashion that are more than pleasing on the ear.
Recently Dowsing took part in our "If I…" questionnaire to find out a variety of information. The Chicago group delivered some humorous answers. Read on to find out which Semisonic hit they wish they had written, and who they would book for their fantasy football line-up.
If I could re-record one song it would be…
Dowsing: ‘Joking/Laughing (Orchestra Edition).’
If I could re-live one tour/show it would be…
Dowsing:The “Final” Joie De Vivre show, because Erik missed the entire show due to his parents being in town. Also, Joie De Vivre would be broken up and they wouldn’t be bugging all of Europe now.
If I had the chance to play one venue it would be…
Dowsing: The Metro in Chicago.
If I could play with one band it would be…
If I could play with any person living or dead it would be…
Dowsing: Bruce Springsteen
If I could bring back any band that have split up, it would be…
Dowsing: Joie De Vivre… Oh wait.
If I wasn’t playing music, I would be…
Dowsing: Doing better in school.
If I could play a different genre it would be…
If I could have written any song it would be…
Dowsing: ‘Closing Time’ by Semisonic.
If I could have written any album it would be…
Dowsing: Third Eye Blind’s Self-Titled album.
If I could headline any festival, it would be…
Dowsing: The Gathering (of the Juggalos)
If I could organise my own festival, the bands playing would be…
Dowsing: Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Tech N9ne, Coolio, Linkin Park, and Vanilla Ice.
If I could play any other instrument, it would be…
If I could give one piece of advice to a new band, it would be…
Dowsing: Dear Brave Bird, Be excellent to each other. And party on dudes!
‘It’s Still Pretty Terrible’ by Dowsing is available now on Count Your Lucky Stars Records.
Words by Sean Reid (@SeanReid86)