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.
Circa Survive’s latest full-length 'Violent Waves' ends up being exactly what the title says. While this band hasn’t changed the core of their sound, and fans will undoubtedly love it, Violent Waves is a solid album that reflects the years of musicianship Circa Survive has under its belt.
'Birth of an Economic Hit Man' starts the album out with seven minutes of ups and downs, giving a fairly clear indication of what this album has to offer. There is no constant. From song to song you’ll find highs and lows, soft and loud, happy and sad. Even the album artwork clues you in to what you’ll hear: the rhythm of riding on a ship through an unpredictable ocean. But I’m getting too abstract; the key to this success of this album ends up being the balance Circa Survive achieves in the midst of the stormy sea they create.
Take 'Suitcase' and 'The Lottery,' for example. 'Suitcase' is has a delicate, vulnerable quality, especially when Green sings, “I’m buried in your clothes/will you take me with you when you go?”. This hint of vulnerability is tinged with a bitterness you can almost taste as the simplicity of the arrangement and Green’s soft voice and the honesty of the lyrics don’t try to outshine the other. 'The Lottery' on the other hand, immediately hits you in the face with pounding drums and sharp guitar, funk elements and aggressive sounds. In each song, the band chooses an aspect to focus on, striking a perfect balance where no one element is overpowering.
This balance is found throughout the album, within each song and in the album as a whole. However, there are two tracks that break out of the expected. 'Sharp Practice' features a funk-infused breakdown, a catchy chorus, rollicking melodies, and pounding rhythms that don’t fit in with the rest of the albums style. 'Phantasmagoria' comes off as a folky, indie sounding song with a breakdown that incorporates about a dozen different musical genres. In both of these instances, it seems that Circa Survive is trying to reach a little further out of their comfort zones, searching for new sounds to add to their repertoire without changing their fundamental qualities.
'Violent Waves' certainly delivers what it promises. The range of emotions this album delivers is powerful, passionate, and honest, and you can hear it both in Green’s voice and the guitars and drums. While some tracks don’t stand out as much as others, they all manage to hold their own. 'Violent Waves' album is neither groundbreaking nor expected, but somewhere in the middle; right where one wave ends and the other begins.
'Violent Waves' by Circa Survive is available now on iTunes.
Words by Jenny Gagas (@Jenny_herself)