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.
Now then… a super group of sorts, you say? I think we should dismiss that altogether! I mean, how dehumanising to these musicians that we expect so much from them due to past experiences, that we expect them to be bloody brilliant and even better if they’re British and that we want them to write an album that’s a pretty decent debut with plenty of hooks and even moments that reminisce of their past bands! It makes me sick.
However (yes, however) I’ll let you off this time, just because it’s you. ‘Speakeasy’ by Freeze The Atlantic is a pretty decent debut with plenty of hooks and even moments that reminisce of their past bands. Oh, and those past bands are Hundred Reasons and Reuben. Got your attention? Of course it has. Let’s progress, shall we?
I’m pointing out now that I’m a big Reuben fan and (unfortunately, but will rectify it very, very soon) haven’t really heard Hundred Reasons. Still, I can hear the Reuben-esque influences within 'Speakeasy' with tracks like 'Le Track' with it’s absolutely thunderous intro and 'Loses All The Romance' with that opening riff that darts between the high and low ends of those guitar necks, with the second verse slimming it down to just drums and that bass tone that scream ‘REUBEN!’
Despite these obviously beautiful moments I want you to forget that Freeze The Atlantic boast all these former talents. It’s a fact that isn’t really a necessary thing to know when listening to music and will only make you presume and judge something beforehand. The point I’m making is that we should regard this as a new band because they are! New minds melding together, jamming, throwing around ideas and hopes and all of this passion.
With this in mind, it is a pretty good debut. It’s got light and heavy moments, it’s got choruses that you’re going to sing along to and moments where your head’s going to bop along and that. It’s still a debut though and with that there’s plenty the band can build on as they’re craft out their own sound and shake off this ‘supergroup’ malarky. Oh, and this is a British band. There’s certainly a British charm effortlessly floating about in there. I mean, another British band for us to boast about?! Well I’m pretty damn pleased about that as always.
Now then… a super group of sorts, you say? We should dismiss that altogether. Freeze The Atlantic are there own band and when listening to ‘Speakeasy’ it sounds like they’re here to stay.
'Speakeasy' by Freeze The Atlantic is out on Alcopop! Records on the 17th September.
Words by Mikey Brown (@MikeyMiracle)