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.
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)