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Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record
'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release,
we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First,
As the second stage of this years Red Bull Studios London Download Festival competition
gets underway, Already Heard highlights 5 of the top 100 bands in the first part of our
new "Red Bull Rated And Recommended" series.
Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album
'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound. Before they kicked off their current
UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the
opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'.
For Northern quintet Bentley Park it has been a long two years. Since forming 2011, the post-hardcore have been refining their sound and preparing for the release of their debut EP, 'Innocence', which finally sees the light of day this week. The EP takes the pop-punk sensibilities of their former band, and combines them with an edgy rock sound. We recently spoke to vocalist James Shaw to find out more.
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.
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.
There sure is no better time than fresher’s week to check out some of your favourite punk bands. Huddling from the over excited new students and spontaneous biting cold, a gathering ensues in the small venue now known as NQ Live (the initials of which are impossible to decipher).
First up on the stage are the gruff layered melodic punk stylings of Above Them who provide a set that is both tight and impressive to watch. With their chunky sounding guitars and pounding drums, they manage to pull off a powerful aura around them. The addition of new guitarist Adam Bilboa from Manchester punk band Leagues Apart, seems to have really strengthened their sound and performance equalling an endless list of possibilities for the band. All in all, by the end of their set they are given the warmest of applauses and have earned themselves some new fans. (3.5/5)
Speaking of warm reactions, indie folk punk pop band The Front Bottoms are greeted with the cheeriest welcome from their hardcore fans. Their seemingly dancey and catchy acoustic numbers spread a fever that causes endless sing alongs which have the ability to wrap around the unfamiliar, who swallow the enjoyable electric surge that is just too hard to ignore. The sparks of this performance cause a wildfire of smiles from the band to the audience. (4/5)
The anticipation for tonight’s main feature is a ridiculous sight to see amongst such eager fans. Having released one of the best records of 2012, The Menzingers from Scranton, Pennsylvania walk casually on to the stage and unfurl the goods that satisfy the ravenous appetite of the ears. The majority of their set consists of material from their latest ‘On the Impossible Past’, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t especially since the album is full of hits that sound too huge for the small sweaty environment they are played in. The likes of songs such as ‘Good Things’, ‘Gates’, and ‘The Obituaries’ are instantly snatched up by the tongues of their fans who can’t help but sing along. Older songs such as ‘I Was Born’ and ‘Sunday Morning’ add an extra special charm to this buzz filled atmosphere making you be in absolute awe and wonderment with this very special punk band. After a brief intermission, fan favourites ‘Rivalries’ and ‘A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology’ are played with the most amazing streak of unity and intimacy with all those present. By the end of it all, you wish that such a single moment could go on forever but all that you can do for now is cherish that memory and replay it in your mind until the next time The Menzingers come into your town. (4.5/5)
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_loohan)