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.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
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.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
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
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
“We’ll stand up for what we believe in” is the kind of predictable mid teen lyric that you’ll expect to find on this album, with the ever so original song structures, breaks of electronic drums and high pass filtered vocals that you’ll find on 'Age Of Ignorance' by Our Last Night. If what you’re wanting is merely ok songs that range only between 3 and 4 minutes long then welcome to the gold mine.
Actually, as I’ve been writing this review, I’m now on the fifth track ‘Liberate Me’ which shows some passion and aggression which is good to see! Everybody loves originality and personality, but with a now very typical breakdown exactly where I expected it I’m losing hope again. The first four tracks that were delivered to my brain were just under 16 minutes of nothing exciting at all. I find myself wanting to say predictable and I don’t want to over do the word, but predictable predictable predictable.
'Voices' is a change of pace as the acoustic is brought out. I’m about to cringe already. It sounds like those first four tracks but on an acoustic! Genius, right? No, of course not. “We’ll bite our tongues ‘till they bleed” is another cliché lyric that I just can’t help but hate.
Back to the general upbeat predictability with 'Conspiracy' and still it’s nothing new. There’s plenty of other bands that sound like this and do it so much better. SO much better. The capitals there hopefully emphasise how much better. A skip into the next track and it sounds like they’re trying to be heavy but they’re really not. Oh dear, gang vocals. I’m sorry, but I’m skipping again. I’m starting to think they’re a poor man’s Black Veil Brides. Well, from what I’ve heard of BVB anyway.
Cliché electronics favour penultimate track ‘Invincible’ which doesn’t bring anything new to the table, again. It’s like going to a family party and bringing some cheap knock off pizzas when the host have already supplied every flavour of Domino’s, meaning your cheap nonsense really isn’t wanted and everyone knows how awesome Domino’s is as they’ve already been delving in it for hours because you were late as well. Yeah, you’re a bad guest.
The final song doesn’t do anything that’s worth mentioning at all. I don’t like bad reviews, but when you don’t enjoy an album it’s kind of hard to say anything good. Our Last Night can play their instruments and that and they must have done something right to gain a fan base and get signed to Epitaph, although I’m struggling to think what it could be. And honestly, I’m struggling to see what Epitaph sees in Our Last Night.
Feel free to listen yourself and tell me if you realise what it is that I’m missing about this band, but don’t complain to me when you’ve just wasted 36.2 minutes of your life. Well… that’s assuming you don’t skip tracks like I did.
'Age Of Ignorance' by Our Last Night is out now on Epitaph Records.
Words by Mikey Brown (@MikeyMiracle)