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.
Oh metalcore. The fusion genre might not have its foundations rooted in experimentation or variety but, having most certainly reached the peak of its commercial success a few years back, its critical appreciation has also gradually faded through the sheer erosion of metalcore’s constant onslaught. In its divisive universe, even the subgenre of punk’s (or sometimes metal, the border is often shady at this point) toughest critic can sometimes appreciate what a band are doing right. In the case of metalcore, doing things right involves following a short set of rules: play hard, scream loud and BREAKDOWNS.
Enter Canadians Mr. Erian (formerly of Despised Icon), Mr. Lepage (formerly of Blind Witness), Mr. Campbell, Mr. Wood and Mr. Morotti. Together, this congregation of men form Obey The Brave and they release a debut called ‘Young Blood’. The quintet make it fairly clear from opener ‘Lifestyle’ where they fit on the sonic spectrum: mid-tempo groove-laden riffs, low-pitched growl vocals sometimes accompanied by enthusiastic friends and as much heaviness as the sound space will allow. To be as clear as possible, the band’s style wavers very little over the course of the album, some might consider it tiresome after a while, some will relish its comfortable repetitiveness.
A couple of songs, however, do manage to stand out within the uniformism. ‘Live And Learn’ powers forward at a higher tempo than some of the album’s sludgier offerings and introduces a flirtation with melodic hardcore. The latter sections are nicely fit into the arrangement, serving as both a catchy moment to breathe as well as a contrast with the heaviest breakdowns to follow. ‘Get Real’ is, arguably, one of the heaviest tracks on ‘Young Blood’ and virtually plunges into the endless depths of hell to find the dirtiest riffs and the most absurdly violent beatdowns possible. There’s even another touch of that melody.
‘Early Graves’ is a relentless track, and another that makes use of a pace a notch above the rest. Closer to punk, it sprints like a speeding train towards the inevitable lunge, my chosen allegory for the track’s similarly inevitable breakdown. Obey The Brave are ‘Young Blood’, though they have two members experienced in the ways of deathcore, but they also very much tread a way that was paved long ago and trodden many times. There’s enough bite to back up the bark here though and credit is due to their commitment to reaping the souls of their listeners. Oh, ‘Burning Bridges’ has a lovely clean chorus too.
'Young Blood' by Obey The Brave is out now on Epitaph Records.
Words by James Berclaz-Lewis (@swissbearclaw)