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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.
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)