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.'
Citing influences such as Nirvana, Led Zepplin and At The Drive-In, Just Like Vinyl sounds like an interesting bunch and with Thomas Erak formerly of The Fall of Troy taking lead, it’s no surprise ‘Black Mass’ is a combination of ridiculous guitar riffs and controlled melodies. Nevertheless despite this those who have hopes that this The Fall of Troy Version 2.0 may be slightly disappointed.
Whilst early tracks like ‘Safety Word’ and ‘Bitches Get Stitches’ have that same intense, sparodic sound that made TFOT so appealing, Just Like Vinyl have taken a more focused approach with the latter showing Erak’s singing ability rather than the all out screaming that we’re used to. He brings a slight sense of theatre with his vocals as it soars alongside crunching guitars.
However ‘Hours And Whiskey Sours’ and ‘Sucks To Be You’ offers a more chaotic approach with crippling guitars and intense drum work. ‘ATM’ is another example of this and to be honest the frantic fingerwork leaves you amazed but you have to appreciate their direction to a rhythm-centred sound.
The highlight is ‘Walk You Home’ which sees a guest spot from Twin Atlantic’s Sam McTrusty. It showcases the bands ability to write melodic rock songs with a heavy edge but a steady tempo.
Admittedly on first listen ‘Black Mass’ doesn’t quite grab you and sounds slightly incoherent. It’s a challenging record that at times fails to keep your attention, yet it offers variation. In places its edgy-yet-melodic, whilst elsewhere it’s dark, bitter and sludgy.
Whilst Erak and company may not shake off The Fall of Troy comparison, it’s clear Just Like Vinyl are a confident band with ideas and have the musical talent to expand these ideas.
‘Black Mass’ by Just Like Vinyl is available now on Superball Music.
Words by Sean Reid (@SeanReid86)