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.
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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.
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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
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Meet Cytota, a five-piece that have been lucky enough to share stages with the likes of Funeral For a Friend, Rise To Remain & While She Sleeps. The quintet is making their mark on the scene with their new release ‘The Prosecutor’.
Opening track ‘Between Jokers and Jesters’ concentrates on the metal and melodic post-hardcore influences that the five-piece initially base ‘The Prosecutor’ on, with vocalist Joby Fitzgerald offering his dark sounding screams, combined with crisp sounding guitar and rapid drums. The chorus in this track is particularly catchy and easy to sing along to, an infectious element that holds the sections of the song together nicely. The next two tracks: ‘Absorption’ and ‘Preparing for the Worst’ keep up with the heavier metal and melodic post-hardcore influences and make up quite a defined sound for the first half of the record.
‘Hold Back’ and ‘Scars’ begin to define the second half of ‘The Prosecutor,’ slowing it right down and experimenting with slower tempos; almost to be defined as melodic rock. I feel like these tracks seem out of place amongst the predominantly heavier sounds that open ‘The Prosecutor’ and if I didn’t know any better I would have thought I was listening to a completely different band. Nonetheless these types of tracks are maybe the best on the record, exploring and concentrating on much more melodic sounds and barely touching upon metal and post-hardcore influences.
‘Recidivist’ continues with this melodic trend but brings back some of the metal elements in places. Cytota manage to combine a good mixture of the two variations, including a very infectious breakdown section in the middle of the track heading straight back into a slower melodic tempo. This continues with final offering ‘The Closest Thing (To A Hug Is A Headlock),’ the longest track on the record and a great way to round off ‘The Prosecutor.’
Cytota have talent, they have passion for their music and I imagine that these tracks would sound great live and really get the crowd interacting with the five-piece. It took a couple of listens for me to fully appreciate what the band had to offer and although I was less impressed on first listening and there seemed to be a lack of focus on genre, ‘The Prosecutor’ just needed my patience to make me realise that Cytota have in fact produced a very praiseworthy record. The five-piece certainly suit the slower, more melodic areas of their genre and if they had focused on this all the way through then ‘The Prosecutor’ would have made for an even more admirable release.
'The Prosecutor' by Cytota is out now on Believe Revolt.
Words by Hannah Gillicker (@HannahGillicker)