Influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids, Sheffield quartet O Captain have bucket loads of potential of their debut EP is anything to go from. Entitled 'Ghetto Hikes', the bands lyrical sentiment mixed with a stirring indie-pop sensibility quickly won us over. We spoke to bassist Ryan Smith to find out more about the band, their influences, what Sheffield bands we should be listening to and more.
Ww've got reviews and a whole load of live photos from UK Tech Fest 2014.
Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord
of great albums that have come out so far this year. Read on to find out what the Already Heard team picked as their favourite releases of the year so far.
After 2 years away, Sonisphere makes it return to the UK. Check out our full coverage of the festival.
With Southsea Fest fast approaching (can you tell I’m excited?) I’ve decided to pick a selection of bands playing this year for this weeks Something For The Weekend. Both Huw Olesker And The Bare Backers and El Morgan are Southsea locals, whilst Cycle Schmeichel are simply welcome visitors to the sea side town.
Stylistically this is probably one of our most varied SFTW’s with reggae, acoustic punk and emo all rearing their heads, which very much suits the ethos of the upcoming festival. Enjoy!
Huw Olesker & The Bare Backers
For Fans Of: Reggae and Pirates Of The Caribbean.
Huw Olesker & The Bare Backers can be summed up in three words: eclectic, fun and infectious. Their latest five track EP flirts with a variety of styles but always remains identifiably Bare Backers. A lot of bands claim that they simply record music “for the fun of it” but this genuinely seems to be case with the 'Whatever Happened To Lilt?' EP. It also has a picture of Terry Wogan on the cover and that can never be a bad thing.
Huw Olesker & The Barebackers on Facebook.
For Fans Of: Helen Chambers and Ren Spits At Magpies.
El Morgan plays Country-influenced Folk with a captivating amount of honesty. Having caught her playing the gatehouse at WTFest earlier this month, I can confidently say that she can make even the most open environment feel intimate. She currently has two EP’s available to download and both are lovely. El is also one quarter of Livers And Lungs.
For Fans Of: Snowing and DADS.
Cycle Schmeichel are an indie/emo two piece who formed in 2009. Their two track demo and début EP (both of which are free to download) earned them a solid fan base and shows with Bird Calls, Prawn and What Ape! If they ever get around to releasing new material, than I believe that 2013 could easily be their year in Emo circles.
Words by Richard Heaven