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.
Line up changes can be pretty pivotal in a band’s career, especially with vocalists. However, in some cases, it can be a blessing in disguise. I’m going to put it out there right now and saying that We Are The Ocean's latest move to a 4 piece is certainly a blessing in disguise. I've been playing new album 'Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow' a tonne and it’s easily one of the best of the year. Point is, take note of We Are The Ocean.
We caught up with Alfie Scully who provided us with answers involving Alt. Country, Bob Marley and an evil genius as he tackled our "If I…" feature. Read on for some more answers from the man himself.
If I could re-record one song it would be…
Alfie: The Eagles – Life In The Fast Lane.
If I could re-live one tour/show it would be…
Alfie: We did a tour last November supporting our friends The Blackout and in London we played The Roundhouse. I really love that venue so to play and be a part of such an awesome tour was great.
If I had the chance to play one venue it would be…
Alfie: We’d like to be able to play at the Union Chapel one day.
If I could play with one band it would be…
Alfie: Foo Fighters.
If I could play with any person living or dead it would be…
Alfie: Paul Simon.
If I could bring back any band that have split up, it would be…
If I wasn’t playing music, I would be…
Alfie: An evil villain.
If I could play a different genre it would be…
Alfie: Alt. Country.
If I could have written any song it would be…
Alfie: Don Henley – Boys of The Summer.
If I could have written any album it would be…
Alfie: The Police – Outlandos d’Amour.
If I could headline any festival, it would be…
Alfie: Reading & Leeds Festival.
If I could organise my own festival, the bands playing would be…
Alfie: The Beatles, R.E.M, The Police, Bob Marely, The Jackson Five, The Eagles, Led Zepplin. Huge…
If I could play any other instrument, it would be…
Alfie: Piano & Keys.
If I could give one piece of advice to a new band, it would be…
Alfie: Do yourselves proud and don’t get confidence confused with arrogance.
'Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow' by We Are The Ocean is out now on Hassle Records.
Words by Mikey Brown (@MikeyMiracle)