Having finally released début album ‘Blood And Chemistry,’ we met up with vocalist/guitarist Andrew Groves to discuss the new album, being compared to Biffy Clyro and more.
Currently on tour with The Summer Set and a new EP set to be released soon, we caught
up with New Forest's Natives to talk about the new EP and album, the UK rock scene, the transition from being Not Advised to becoming Natives and much more.
This week Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years released their fourth album - ‘The Greatest Generation,’ a record that sees the pop punk quintet reach their creative peak in a number of ways. With a wealth of material in their discography, Already Heard's Sean Reid and Tom Knott took on the tricky task of picking out the five best songs from The Wonder Years. Find out what we picked and let us know if you agree or disagree?
Following the release of their superb 'Signals' album, Mallory Knox have certainly become ones to watch in recent months. We caught up with the band to discuss joining Search & Destroy Records, how vital the festival season and touring are, what it feels like to be a part
of the expanding British rock scene and much more.
Over The Ocean have crafted a compelling, brooding record with their latest effort ‘Be Given To The Soil.’ With intense specific precision and delicate accuracy that echoes the likes of Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros. Jesse Hill from the band to discusses how the
album came together, the importance of precision, being compared to post-rock pioneers and more.
After a top ten UK album and an outstanding UK tour with festival dates on both sides of the Atlantic to follow, Bring Me The Horizon are having a fantastic 2013 and are now featured in the latest edition of "Versus." It's ‘There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ vs the bands latest release, 'Sempiternal.'
Proceedings and expectations are warmed by garage punk duo/brothers The Bots, who have recently sparked a wave of interest and a hint of controversy amongst music fans and press alike. Whilst their material is somewhat repetitive and borderline tedious at times, these two young gentlemen sure have heaps of entertaining energy and from the smiles on their faces, you can tell that they feel very privileged to be here. By the end of it, you realise that regardless of how hyped or unoriginal they are, seeing a young group play to hundreds of people is something to be admired and also proves that nothing is impossible.
All anxious eyes become fixed and riled as a dark shroud descends in front of the stage. Enduring fifteen minutes of impatient tension really starts to spark the curious minds of the crowd who have been searching for a very long time and have at long last uncovered the legend that is Refused, a force who unleashes itself from the past into the present day crowd with shattering effects.
The Swedish legends are nothing more than a sheer brilliant spectacle of musicianship, a band that plays their songs as though they were purchased fresh from the market. It’s difficult to come to terms that the unexpected notion of hearing the words to these songs in a live setting with both band and crowd in shouting back to one another. The likes of ‘Rather Be Dead’ and ‘The Deadly Rhythm’ whip up a fast frenzy of drenched circle pits and fiery carnage. ‘Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine’ is passionately played with thorough showmanship that it’s hard not to be in a complete state of awe and happy-inspired rage. Coupling this with frontman Dennis Lyxzen’s positive words about how grateful they are to be here, solidifies that this reunion is pure and clear entertainment for the sake of musicianship.
A rowdy encore and a loss for words later, the band return to play their pinnacle signature song, ‘New Noise,’ which unsurprisingly but wonderfully gets the biggest reaction of the night and results in an aftermath of smoothly incarcerated massacre mixed in with tired but satisfied grins. Ending with ‘Tannhauser/Derive’ in cool mist and blinding lights, Refused have definitely lived up to their promise of a truly magnificent show, and leave the crowd with words that are so befitting to what has happened here, “boredom won’t get me tonight.” This is indeed the case and all that is left fixed in the hearts and souls of the audience is a superb event that will never be forgotten for the rest of their days.
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_loohan)