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.
House Vs. Hurricane’s newest album 'Crooked Teeth' is the band’s first full length since their complete lineup change. New lead vocalist Dan Casey leads this Australian post-hardcore effort in an unrelenting, hardcore rock fest that never stops punching you in the face with everything you love about post-hardcore music.
'Crooked Teeth' is an interesting mix of super heavy guitars, drums, and vocals with melodic choruses sung by clean vocalist Ryan McClerie, and the songs that are able to balance these two sides of the spectrum. 'Big Trouble' employs technical guitar elements and McClerie’s clear voice in the chorus, which smashes up against Casey’s gruff screams and the chugging guitars and pounding drums. The same goes with 'Lost World,' which has so many layers that keeps it from getting lost in the album.
Perhaps the best track, though is 'Moon Shine,' which is more centered around McClerie’s clear, almost pretty voice. The music on this track is simple and doesn’t overpower either McClerie or Casey’s voices. Casey screams surprisingly beautiful lyrics and the instruments remain restrained, but retain the heavy elements the band excels at. It is hard to find post-hardcore bands that are able to strike such a perfect balance between melodic and heavy elements, and it is refreshing to find it on 'Crooked Teeth.'
On the other side of these beautifully balanced tracks is ones filled with heavy elements that only serve to drown out the technical and more melodic elements that make them stand out. Constant chugging guitars and unrelenting pounding drums may sound good in theory, but it’s way overused and heavy-handed on some tracks, like 'Get Wrecked' and 'Haters Gonna Hate,' which end up sounding bland and overdone. Focusing more on the technical elements and arrangements instead of relying on loud sounds and rhythms will take House Vs. Hurricane to another level.
House Vs. Hurricane is talented beyond doubt. They use very interesting arrangements that are able to make their songs unique and they aren’t afraid to mix styles and genres within their songs. The last track on the album proves this, as 'Bare Bones' relies on simple electronic music and McClerie’s simple vocals for a romantic ballad type song, full of crescendos and piano melodies that leave you in a completely different place than where you started. It’s a beautiful song done with such delicacy it’s hard to believe it came from the same band that previously gave you Bring Me the Horizon-esque 'Dead Lizard.'
'Crooked Teeth' proves that House Vs. Hurricane isn’t phased by their new lineup and the challenges that inevitably come with such an upset. While some moments feel heavy for the sake of being heavy, others are technical and powerful. If this band can strike a more coherent balance, they will be one to watch in the future.
'Crooked Teeth' by House Vs Hurricane is out now.
Words by Jenny Gagas.