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.
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.