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.
As the end of summer 2012 draws to a close and the brisk cold weather patterns of fall and winter are on the horizon, a strew of new music helps to soundtrack such a change and look towards the second half of the year. Exeter melodic punk trio Muncie Girls have managed to write a collection of five songs to accompany such a change, providing a record that is both reflective of what has happened and to look forward and stand strong for what may happen, concepts of which are reinforced by the hookiest and passionate of punk rock melodies.
Musically the band takes a huge influence from a lot of late 80s and early 90s alt rock band with punk spirit and soul embedded; great lyrics and hooky melodies displayed in such songs including ‘Kasper and Randow’ will no doubt have you dancing in your room shouting the words with the utmost glee. ‘Bum Chicago’ is a prime example of the hidden gritty angst filled vibes which are cloaked by the rather melancholic and self-reflective personal nature of the lyrics, this helps give a real spark to the dynamic of the songs themselves.
In regards to the lyrics, the themes that are covered will no doubt grab anyone who right now is in their late teens to early twenties who are facing the likes of troubled relationships and hesistant futures, issues that will cling on to the constant cycle of the generations. This is a record that says, “Hey, I know how you are feeling but I’ve got a feeling that everything will be fine if we do try and take a reluctant step.” ‘Feel It Soon’ and ‘Railroad’ are definitely the anthems of this generation and generations to come who might need some guidance and a tool of artistry to help put the pieces of their issues together in a coherent organised to do list so they can tackle them bit by bit, piece by piece.
In summary, ‘Revolution Summer’ is a fantastic and promising record from a band that is still in their early days. It ticks all the right boxes in being a collector’s item for any music lover. The only criticism would be that it’s too short which also helps it to achieve an added quality of leaving you hungry for whatever new material the band will pen down and jam to in the nearest venue. Muncie Girls are a band that have me and will have you under hook, line, and sinker.
'Revolution Summer' by Muncie Girls is released on September 10th through Specialist Subject Records.
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_loohan)