On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
As I’m sure you’re aware, electronic dance music is a pretty big deal right now. Even bands who wouldn’t normally branch out into this genre are now tentatively dipping their toes into electronic music just to keep up with the trends. But when there’s so much of this style of music available, it can be a chore to sift through it all. Unfortunately for Blaqk Audio, their new album 'Bright Black Heaven' just won’t stand out from the crowd.
The common trap for this kind of music is the lack of variety. There is only so much two guys and electronic beats can produce. While they are pretty good at making interesting arrangements, all the songs end up sounding the same. There’s a typical formula to almost every song on this album: a slow start, with very dramatic, slow-moving lyrics and vocals while the music builds and builds until breaking into a dance-y chorus that repeats many times.
After a while everything just starts sounding the same, which is sad because there is a lot of potential to do a lot of cool things. The focus seemed to be on making catchy dance songs rather than songs that could stand on their own.
This isn’t to say that 'Bright Black Heaven' doesn’t have some bright spots. 'Faith Healer' has a bit of an edge to it. It starts out fairly unassuming before breaking into a very catchy, very dance-able chorus. This song is pure fun in music form. The same goes for 'The Witness;' it is just the right combination of vocals, synths, and beats that come together for a great dance song. 'Ill-lit Ships' breaks the mold of the album, employing simple piano that gives it a bit of a mainstream sound that works with their dark vocals on this track.
Blaqk Audio’s newest album 'Bright Black Heaven isn’t a total disappointment. There are some solid tracks, and this is the perfect album for putting in the background at a party. But it’s too generic, and doesn’t break the mold of electronic dance music. It’s all very expected, and it will be overlooked.
'Bright Black Heaven' by Blaqk Audio is released on September 11th through Big Death/Superball Music.
Words by Jenny Gagas (@Jenny_herself)