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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.
Crafted amongst debate and disagreement is another instalment of our ‘Versus’ feature that this time sees the post hardcore mob that is Dance Gavin Dance have their albums pitted against each. With Jonny Craig, without Jonny Craig. With Kurt Travis, without Kurt Travis.
Even when excluding those two, there’s plenty of other line up changes that have left only two original members throughout each record the band have released and this rapid change of members does influence each album in such a way that you’d be forgiven for thinking a different bad had written each.
Oh, and the recent kicking of Jonny Craig (again!) really does lead us to think, well, which is the best album? Let’s talk about Dance Gavin Dance in a positive light this time please!
Two of Already Heard’s beautiful and fantastic writers go head to head to tell you which album they think is best and why. Jenny’s sticking with fan favourite 'Downtown Battle Mountain' whereas Mikey’s going for the not so obvious choice of ‘Happiness.’
Downtown Battle Mountain (by Jenny Gagas)
It’s safe to say Dance Gavin Dance has had a tumultuous life. The ever-fickle Jonny Craig’s in-and-out appearances and multiple line-up changes has made it difficult for the band to keep their sound coherent, especially when they lose Craig, who has arguably the most unique voice on the scene.
Despite this, they’ve been able to retain some of the same quality and sound, the sound born from their first full-length, ‘Downtown Battle Mountain.’ Not only did they build their band around this combination of vocalists and musicians, but the elements found on ‘Downtown Battle Mountain’ have become their signature.
One of the main reasons this album is so great is the clash of the Titans that is singer Jonny Craig and screamer John Mess. The soulful crooning of Craig bash against Mess’s harsh screams, their lyrics fighting for attention as they exist side-by-side, completely disconnected. This apparent lack of cohesion is what makes this album so brilliant. These elements, that may well be a disaster in other hands, come together to create a completely unique and fresh sound.
If the vocals aren’t enough, the funky guitar riffs and hardcore drums come together to add another layer to this album. Again, it’s about contrast, and this is all illustrated beautifully on 'I Told Them I Invented Times New Roman.' Craig’s intricate – dare I say beautiful – voice backs into Mess’s chaotic scream, while the guitars and drums hold their own party while not overwhelming the vocals.
Even though this particular lineup has only produced two albums together, they created Dance Gavin Dance’s now-signature sound on 'Downtown Battle Mountain.' If you’ve never heard any Dance Gavin Dance before, this stand-out, iconic album is the one to choose.
Happiness (by Mikey Brown)
This effort is without Jonny Craig who is, yeah… he’s good. I’m not going to deny that. It’s only because he’s good that Kurt Travis is looked over WAY too much. Kurt is as good as JC and is given plenty of breathing space on 'Happiness'. Clean vocals are a much more common occurrence on this album as guitarist Will Swan handles screaming duties and does a pretty good job, helping you to forget who Jon Mess is.
The post hardcore element of the band has definitely been taken down a notch, but do not fret! A more experimental side to the band is delivered and an element of funk seems to be influencing quite a few of the songs. Yeah, funk! It’s pretty cool though and helps you see why this album is called ‘Happiness’ as those twiddly bits like the opening of 'Nasa' are shoved aside as the intensity of the band at heart comes into play, but this is only the start. Further into the album we’ve got ‘gang vocals’ of a party, full of cheering and, well, happiness!
The atmosphere of the album is so positive that it gives such a unique edge on other albums as well as to the band itself. It’s thanks to this experimental nature that the delight ful rapping in 'Powder To The People' has been conceived and it’s a nice change to clean and screamed vocals. It seems evident that the band don’t take themselves too seriously (surely songs names are the only evidence needed for this? 'Strawberry Swisher?' Really?) and it’s allowed them to open up and let in all this positive energy and attitude that helps define ‘Happiness’ as an album that’s overlooked by many fans of the genre!
Open up and embrace it, dude.
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