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.
Live Review & Photos: We Are The Ocean, Giants and Great Cynics - Deaf Institute, Manchester - 22/09/2012
As We Are The Ocean commence phase 2 of their careers with their game changing album 'Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow' (that we gave a brilliant 4.5/5 to) they knock it down a notch on the touring circuit, playing smaller venues such as the Deaf Institute in Manchester. Probably between 200 to 300 capacity, if that. Yeah, it was small and sold out and a brilliant intimate venue for the night at hand.
Photos by J Leadbetter.
First up were acoustic folk punk Great Cynics, playing to a room slowly filling up. The majority of the audience had an average age of 15 and had been queueing for quite a while, but this doesn’t change anything. The band showcase their usual bout of cheeriness as singalongs are dealt out to the GC faithful. Fine form from the three piece as they play older and newer songs. The younger than usual audience get into the set and we even have two dancing girls dancing in whatever way they can. Great Cynics play songs that anyone can get into and enjoy and tonight certainly showed it. (3.5/5)
Photos by J Leadbetter.
If Great Cynics seemed like a possibly odd choice of support for the night by the crowd then they clearly didn’t know who Giants were. Leaping and bounding around on the stage for their entire set time to a very unsuspecting crowd. A few Giants fans claim ground more towards the centre of the room and showcase some moves for the gents on stage who seem very appreciative. As Giants' music moves about as much as their own bodies between the melodic and heavier sides of hardcore, so do the faithful in the crowd, surging closer and closer and claiming the mic many times within the last song, as well as a singalongs and clapping that everyone can get into. Much respect to Giants for gaining crowd response and encouraging their own fans to get the show more and more in a crowd that was pretty far from their usual audience. (4/5)
Photos by J Leadbetter.
Even if you couldn’t see the confidence flowing from the band, you’d know they were onstage by the rapturous applause from the crowd. As if it wasn’t clear via the new album it’s shown on stage that Liam fills the role of frontman so effortlessly it’s untrue. As the band launch into 'Machines' they’re hindered with some technical difficulties which would have otherwise been a mighty start to the campaign of the new songs. Old songs are showcased in a new light as vocal duties are shared and give the songs a revitalised breath of life. And honestly, I was genuinely worried that the floor was going to give way as the front half of the room was pounding, dancing and jumping away in every direction and with every limb that they could. (4.5/5)
A varied but very good night had by all, showcasing British talent that’s tough to beat. Good luck seeing We Are The Ocean in a small venue like this again.