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.
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)